Join millions of people who have committed their time to help improve the lives of others. Every year, on the fourth Saturday in October, USA Weekend Magazine, Points of Light, and the TEGNA Foundation have sponsored the one-day event aimed at getting people out to help others.
This event, which began in 1992, is the single largest day of national community service in the United States. USA Weekend magazine partnered with Points of Light and the TEGNA Foundation to promote awareness at how simple it is to begin a lifelong love of volunteering. USA Magazine is a national weekend magazine, the sister publication to USA Today magazine. Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to community service. The nonprofit works in partnership with companies, foundations, government agencies, and nonprofits to achieve the greatest impact.
The TEGNA Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by TEGNA Incorporated, a broadcasting media company. Through its Community Grant Program, TEGNA Foundation serves the greater good of our communities by supporting nonprofit activities where TEGNA does business. Through its other programs, the Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, and contributes to a variety of charitable causes.
This year, the fourth Saturday will fall on October 27th, 2018, just a few days shy of Halloween. How exactly can you help out on this day? More importantly, how can you make this not be a one day a year occasion? Read on for some simple tips on how to find the perfect volunteer opportunity for yourself, as well as how to spread the word and invite others to join your new passion for volunteerism.
Tip #1:Find the right fit through Hands On Northwest North Carolina. Hands On NWNC mobilizes the people and organizations that inspire community change in Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties. The national organization works by matching interested volunteers with much-needed opportunities.
Tip #2: Invite others to join your cause. While it is wonderful to do your service solo, it is also a great way to bond with co-workers. Consider having your workgroup join a nonprofit together to raise money. Many nonprofits offer assistance on how to have your company or group best help out. Options may be a one day of service or more of a monthly opportunity for your company to give back.
Tip #3:Don’t forget about our schools! One of the greatest needs in our community is our local public schools. Throughout the area, schools are in need of volunteers. From helping with events to reading to children to gathering school supplies all year long, public schools greatly need help. This is another opportunity that could begin as a onetime volunteer occasion, yet lead to a monthly opportunity!
Tip #4:Don’t forget online opportunities. If you are crunched for time, you may want to consider starting an online social media volunteer campaign. Once you have discovered what group you’re most passionate about helping out, you can raise funds and awareness through utilizing your social media platform. For example, if you are planning on volunteering at a local animal shelter, consider posting online what items the center needs. Voila! You now are giving back in two ways. Also, do not forget to use the #MakeaDifferenceDay online as you post your volunteer ventures.
Tip #5:Change “National Make a Difference Day” to “National Make a Difference Year!” Once you begin volunteering within a medium that you find worthwhile and passionate about, you’ll be shocked at how addictive the good feelings of giving back is. After participating, keep in touch with your local organization. They are sure to give you a wide variety of opportunities to keep helping them all year long!