Passionate about volunteerism? Check out these opportunities in honor of Make a Difference Day

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Saturday October 26th is Make a Difference Day! The annual partnership between USA Weekend Magazine and Points of Light has become the world’s largest national day of community service. Millions of people around the country will pitch in to make their community a better place. If you’re still thinking about your plans to make a difference this weekend, we’ve got you covered!

In Chicago, Americorps Project YES! has organized a city-wide day of volunteering. You check in, and they’ll send you on your way to clean up a neighborhood or park or help sort health and wellness items. They’ll even throw in breakfast and lunch!

Looking for way to connect with nature for a day? If you’re in the Vancouver, WA area, join StreamTeam‘s effort to plant hundreds of native trees. There’ll be free lunch and live music, and they’ll provide the training and the tools. Or, if you’re closer to Seattle, check out the Nature Consortium‘s Make a Difference Day event where you can plant trees, remove weeds, spread mulch, and find some other ways to get your hands dirty. Meanwhile, in El Segundo, CA, the Tree Musketeers are also maintaining old trees and planting some new ones along the Imperial Highway.

Volunteer Fairfax has partnered with schools, libraries, parks, and nonprofits in the area to organize hundreds of volunteers to work on projects that these organizations otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to complete. Join their VolunteerFest forces to help out!

Or make a career out of working with volunteers! Emmaus, a community housing development nonprofit is looking for a Volunteer Manager in Haverhill, MA. The Transitional Housing Corporation in Washington, DC is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator. And the AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area needs a Volunteer Coordinator as well.

Or consider full time volunteering with the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps!

Many nonprofits couldn’t do their work without volunteers, and Make a Difference Day is a great way to check out all the exciting work being done in your community. And remember, you can make a difference every day through volunteering. Check out our volunteer listings to find ways to get involved.

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