With so many pressing needs in our communities, can one day of volunteering really make a difference? You bet it can. And C&S volunteers are living proof. Each year, hundreds of our employees take action on “Make a Difference Day.” They pack groceries at food banks, clean up parks, paint recreation centers, stocking shelves at a community kitchen, and more. And at the end of the day, the world is a just a little better.
Why We've Participated Since 2003
Make A Difference Day is an annual event that brings millions of Americans together each October to work as volunteers in their communities. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine in 1990, the event is aptly described as a “celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.” Projects typically involve teams of volunteers working together to serve others or to tackle a something in need of doing.
Projects can be small and highly-focused: some people choose to visit residents in nursing homes, collect food for the hungry, or volunteer in a homeless shelter. There are also large projects, such as building a home with Habitat for Humanity, hosting a community health fair, or cleaning up a riverbank. In 2010, more than three million people participated in Make A Difference Day, including 255 C&S employees. The company covers the cost of all supplies needed to accomplish Make A Difference Day projects.
C&S 2010 Make A Difference Day projects included:
Aberdeen & North East
Meeting Ground Homeless Shelter
Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, Meals on Wheels
Children’s Hospital of Birmingham
Drop In Center
Habitat for Humanity
Lighthouse Homeless Shelter (postponed due to construction)
Weinberg Food Bank
Friends of the Night Homeless Shelter
Community Food Bank of Fresno
Food Bank of Central PA (project on 10/26/2010)
Food Bank of Western Mass.
Wainane Homeless Shelter
HeadStart – SW Community Services and Monadnock United Way
Ronald McDonald House
Food Bank of Yolo County
Stockton Food Bank
Windsor Locks & Suffield
Foodshare Food Bank
O’Connor Animal Shelter