IMPACT
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Make A Difference Day: Saturday's Event Brings Together Millions Of Volunteers

Nineteen years ago, USA WEEKEND magazine initiated Make A Difference Day, an event to encourage volunteerism and action on the fourth Saturday of every October. This year, in light of the White House's United We Serve campaign, Make A Difference Day could see record numbers of volunteers show up across the country to lend their part.

Make A Difference Day is sponsored by the HandsOn Network and Newman's Own, which donates $100,000 to participating charities every year.

USA Today has compiled a brief list of some of the major events taking place this Saturday. Among them:
  • Los Angeles: Volunteers taking part in a Habitat For Humanity Build.
  • Las Vegas: The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation is giving new pairs of shoes to over 1,500 needy kids.
  • New York City: Volunteers will plant 20,000 new trees.
  • Washington D.C.: Over 1,000 volunteers will help to refurbish schools and libraries.

Web junkies can become a fan of Make A Difference Day on Facebook. Make A Difference Day encourages interested volunteers to enter their zip code on AARP's Create The Good to find local public service opportunities.