When is "Make A Difference Day"?
USA WEEKEND’s Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of October.
What is this Holiday for?
"Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors." "Everyone can participate. USA WEEKEND and Newman's Own salute Make A Difference Day volunteers by awarding $100,000 for charity."
Origin of this Holiday?
Created by the magazine in 1992, it soon grew into the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action on one day. Each year, 3 million people participate worldwide, helping millions more.
USA WEEKEND Magazine:
is a national publication distributed through more than 600 newspapers in the United States. It reaches 49 million readers in 23 million households every weekend. Awarded for its journalism and design, USA WEEKEND focuses on social issues, entertainment, health, food and travel. The magazine provides Newspaper In Education classroom guides to partner newspapers. Its website, usaweekend.com, provides enhanced content and interactive magazine features. USA WEEKEND is published by Gannett Co., Inc., an international news and information company.
We did find reference to this holiday on several ECard websites.
What type of holiday is this?
CSV was founded in 1962 by Mora and Alec Dickson, who also founded Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). In the 2004/2005 financial year, CSV had six operating companies with a total expenditure of £43 million, employing 944 full-time equivalent staff. They organise full-time, part-time and one-off volunteering opportunities for different groups in the community, including young adults (through Millennium Volunteers for 16-24 year olds), people over 50 (through the RSVP - Retired and Senior Volunteer Project) and for employees of large corporations. CSV is one of the largest providers of employee volunteering in the UK, helping businesses to get involved in the community. CSV also runs an annual "CSV Make a Difference Day" on last saturday of every October, promoting voluntary and community days of action throughout the UK, which is the UK's biggest day of direct volunteering in the community.
Among the hundreds of volunteering opportunities they can offer opportunities to volunteer in areas of special interest such as the environment, or media. CSV also runs a journalist network through which journalists can volunteer their skills to non profit organisations who need extra promotional help. Additionally, CSV Action Desks work in partnership with the BBC in 36 BBC local radio stations. They broadcast appeals for volunteers, run awareness campaigns and promote Lifelong Learning.
Nearly 16,000 people a year volunteer through CSV, particularly young people. CSV pioneered the idea of teaching citizenship in schools – it became part of the National Curriculum in England in 2002. The CSV Community Partners website provides access for universities, colleges and schools to organisations interested in community partnership work.
CSV has sought to recruit volunteers from all demographics. Over 10,000 senior volunteers who run activities and projects for CSV and recruit other senior volunteers. CSV also runs weekend volunteering projects in London, designed to give busy people a chance to make a difference in one weekend.
How can I Celebrate this holiday?
- Blog with us about it! - We have a blog called "Everyday is a Holiday" so visit our pages and tell us about your favorite cleaning day or your favorite cleaner recipe.
- Send Free E-Greeting! - If your ready to get together with your friends don't forget to invite them with these fun Internet Invitations.
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