Saturday is National Make a Difference Day

By Beacon Staff

One of my favorite events to watch during the Olympics or really any other time is synchronized swimming. It’s amazing that people can work so in sync with one another to achieve a singular goal. It’s the same feeling I get whenever large groups of people do anything in unison, like a huge crowd at a sporting event exploding into applause or chanting. There really is power in numbers.

Now, apply that sentiment to helping others and you’ve got Saturday, which is National Make a Difference Day. On Oct. 24, volunteers will be working to fix up the Gateway Community Center in Kalispell.

The event is sponsored by the United Way and the United Way Volunteer Center, in cooperation the Montana Conservation Corps and Montana Campus Corps-Service Learning at Flathead Valley Community College.

Both the United Way and FVCC are encouraging participation from local volunteers and business owners.

The United Way is moving into the Gateway Community Center, and several of its member agencies are expecting to move there in the future. Activities on Saturday will include painting, carpeting and general up-keep chores.

This is the 19th annual Make a Difference Day. In 2008, over 3 million volunteers across the country donated their time to help their neighbors in various projects.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, call the United Way Volunteer Center at 752-7266.

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