Saturday is Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, and an opportunity to honor and celebrate volunteerism. We always say at WYSK, “you don’t have to be moving mountains to make a difference”, and that is exactly what this day is about!

Make A Difference Day promotes civic engagement and connects people with opportunities to serve. It’s also a chance to inspire and show that anyone, regardless of age, location or resources, can accomplish amazing things with the simple act of volunteering.

To recognize grassroots voluntary action and the valuable work of volunteers, Newman’s Own will be awarding $10,000 grants to 10 volunteer efforts. Additionally, three cities will be awarded the same in recognition of their good deeds.

So, how do you get involved?

  1. Start a project or find one in your community that can use your assistance
  2. Register your project with Make A Difference Day to be considered for one of the $10,000 grants
  3. Do it! On Saturday, October 26, complete your part and be sure to share it, via social media, using the hashtag #MDDAY13
  4. Report your results – update the details of your project and be sure to include how many volunteers participated
  5. Look and share all the good on Make A Difference social media outlets Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

In honor of Make A Difference Day, we share the stories of these Women You Should Know who are making an impact in communities both near and far.


Lovin’ Spoonfuls, A Food Rescue, founded by Ashley Stanley

Anchorage Junior Roller Derby for girls, founded by Patricia “Pat Riot” Bergeron

Project Compassion, dedicated to immortalizing the images of fallen military heroes, founded by Kaziah Hancock

Free The Girls, providing a better future for women with an entrepreneurial solution, founded by Kimba Langas

GlamourGals, a movement of teen volunteers bringing dignity, respect and companionship to aging women, founded by Rachel Doyle

Make A Difference Day is presented by USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with HandsOn Network, a division of Points of Light Institute and the nation’s largest mobilizer of volunteers.
Lead photo courtesy of Make A Difference Day