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 USAWeekend 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.
We've learned of only one Columbiana County project so far. The First United Methodist Church in Lisbon will hold a produce give-away and clothing distribution today. Produce will be given away beginning at 9 a.m. Warm clothes and winter coats will also be distributed beginning at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend for fun and fellowship, and they would probably welcome a few volunteers if you're looking for a project to join.
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.