Today is Make A Difference Day - the largest national day of community service, held annually on the fourth Saturday in October.
For more than 20 years, the event has been sponsored nationally by USA WEEKEND magazine and the Hands On network, a business unit of Points of Light Institute. In Columbiana County, the event is co-sponsored by the Morning Journal, as the only county newspaper which distributes USAWeekend magazine.
On that fourth Saturday in October millions of Americans join together to perform volunteer services to make our world a better place to live.
Columbiana County projects we've learned of so far include the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Troop 80514 in East Palestine organizing the East Palestine Nazarene Church food pantry. The scouts will clean the church and stock the food pantry shelves. If you're looking for a way to participate locally in a Make A Difference Day project, we're sure the Girl Scouts would welcome the extra help.
Or, if you'd rather do your own charitable project, but you're not sure what to do, check out the Make A Difference Day pages on Facebook or Twitter to see what others are doing.
Or visit daytabank.handsonnetwork.org/ for a list of planned projects from around the nation.
Remember, no effort is too small and there is no such thing as being too old or too young to make a difference.
And, if you do organize your own project, be sure to register it online with Make A Difference Day. Your project could give your favorite charity a shot at getting a $10,000 donation from Newman's Own and national headlines in USA WEEKEND for your efforts.