From helping to feed the homeless to local community garden projects, there’s something for everyone with this year’s Make A Difference Day activities in Larimer County. Registration is now open for the 17th annual event, which is presented by United Way of Larimer County and is the largest week of volunteer service in Northern Colorado.
Make A Difference Day is a national day of helping others where citizens are called upon to volunteer and lend a hand in the communities where they live and do business. Because of its popularity and widespread support in Larimer County, United Way expands Make A Difference Day to run the entire week of Oct. 19-25.
This year, more than 1,000 volunteers are needed to complete more than 65 service projects that directly benefit nonprofits and community organizations throughout Larimer County.
“United Way is thrilled to continue this wonderful tradition in Larimer County for the 17th year,” United Way of Larimer County president and CEO Gordan Thibedeau said. “Make A Difference Day is an important part of United Way’s work to unite people and organizations to change lives and strengthen our community.”
Larimer County regularly holds one of the largest Make A Difference Day events in the United States, receiving recognition from USA Weekend magazine in 2009 and 2012.
In 2014, 2,314 volunteers put in 9,576 hours to complete 94 Larimer County service projects. Based on the Corporation for National and Community Service’s per-hour estimate of $25.68, 2014 Make A Difference Day volunteers invested time valued at more than $245,900 in the community.
Make A Difference Day officially kicks off on Monday, Oct. 19 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 25. Community members are encouraged to register now in order to select projects that best suit their schedules and interests. There are service projects for people of all ages, and varying skill levels. Volunteers can register as individuals or with groups, such as families, neighbors, church groups, businesses or service organizations.
To register or see a full list of projects, visit www.uwaylc.org/MakeADifferenceDay.