Friday, October 1, 2010

Make a Difference Day: October 23, 2010

Do you want to make a difference?

I think a lot of us would do a lot more community service if we knew where to start.

Well, I can tell you where to start. Or at least when.

October 23.

October 23, 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Held annually the fourth Saturday of October, Make A Difference Day is sponsored by USA WEEKEND and HandsOn Network, a business unit of Points of Light Institute.

HandsOn Network invites you to Get HandsOn for Make A Difference Day. This site will equip you with templates and toolkits to launch your own project or volunteer for an existing project in your area.

Earlier this year I participated in a "Do Good" day. It was one of those experiences where it only takes a few hours of time but the good feelings last for much, much longer. The Hands On Network can help you get started.

Right here in Washington D.C.:

The generationOn launch event will take place on Saturday, October 23, 2010 (9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.), Make A Difference Day, at the Extra Mile Point of Light Volunteer Pathway in the heart of Washington, D.C. Steps outside of the White House, the Extra Mile Point of Light Volunteer Pathway is the only national monument dedicated to honoring service leaders and the spirit of service in America. Hundreds of kids from across the nation will participate in a Service Walk on the Extra Mile followed by service projects where kids will be able to make their mark on their world to impact social issues. Kids of all ages will find ideas, tools, and hands-on opportunities to help them get involved and understand the issues in their communities—and to become part of the solution.

This is going to be an amazing event. If we can get our kids involved in volunteerism early we can ensure that this is a part of their life that can carry through to adulthood.

You can register here for the GenerationOn Launch and the first 250 kids that register are eligible to win an iPod shuffle!

We can change the world with service.

So can our children.

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This post was sponsored by The Points of Light Institute.

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