Though an unofficial holiday, the fourth Saturday in October has been national Make a Difference Day since 1992. Observing Make a Difference Day is simple: just volunteer, to give back, and to make a difference for that one day.
This year, Make a Difference Day lands on October 26. Are you ready? Don’t you have a list of volunteer opportunities and other ideas for impacting your community? Well, you are in luck then. Lulu has you covered!
If you’re excited about Making a Difference, the easiest way to take part is to get out there and do something!
Habitat For Humanity
Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina has long been a Lulu employee favorite. We try to bring a group two or three times a year to sites in our area to help with construction of affordable housing.
And with multiple ReStores in the area, we can even help Habitat during the winter months or on rainy days.
Best of all, Habitat for Humanity is an open and inclusive organization, so anyone can sign up and contribute. They’re on-site volunteering is an amazing way to get outside, meet new people, and do good!
Ever heard of 350.org?
350.org is an amazing non-profit working to improve the climate. They do so through a push toward 100% renewable energy around the world, while advocating for an end to any new fossil fuel collection.
Their mission is huge and might seem overwhelming for the individual. This is just Make a Difference Day, not Change the World Day, am I right? Still, we can each contribute and thanks to 350.org, if the environment is an issue you feel passionately about, they offer an amazing map to get involved in your area.
Maybe building a house or saving the planet isn’t your cup of tea, but you still want to do something. Well, maybe for Make a Difference Day you should try Activate Good, a free online service to help you find volunteer opportunities in your area.
Using your postal code, Activate Good filters volunteering services, community centers, and other opportunities to volunteer.
Go Your Own Way
Does the local library need volunteer help? Maybe your kid’s classroom needs a fresh coat of paint? Or maybe you have a unique skill or talent you could teach at a local community center.
Maybe volunteering isn’t your thing. That’s okay! There are still so many ways you can Make a Difference.
You may have an idea where I’m going with this. So rather than spout off about how versatile a book can be, I’m going to highlight a few authors and creators who use their publishing know-how to create products that benefit a cause.
For a Causes
If you follow Lulu on social media (which you should!) then you’ve seen us post one of Sophie’s books or calendars. If you haven’t, take a look:
Sophie is an award-winning photographer who uses her talent to help raise money and awareness about dogs and specifically pit bulls. Every day, she’s making a difference for a cause that has deep meaning for her.
Just like Sophie, you can find a cause you care about and a way to connect your skills or talents to that cause!
For Your Peers
US military veteran turned author Eric Burleson created his book, Separating From Service, to help veterans returning from combat. Drawing from his own experiences, Burleson explores the unique challenges facing veterans returning to civilian life. And he goes a step beyond to develop a framework to help transition soldiers based on experience, psychiatry and neuroscience.
Eric is Making a Difference for people just like him by channeling his own experiences. Any of us can follow this model to help our peers.
For The World
Last up we have The Peace Almanac by David Swanson. David’s book highlights every day of the year with something that inched us closer to world peace.
Seems pretty lofty right?
But David (and his fellow contributors) are using their writing and research skills to raise awareness and help remind us that, no matter how bad it may seem, there is good in the world.
To take their efforts a step further, The Peace Almanac uses revenue earned from book sales to support World Beyond War, a non-profit that seeks to end all wars. Using earnings to support a worthy cause is one more way anyone can Make a Difference. Any product you create that others want to need might be a way to route resources to a cause dear to you.
Making A Difference Today and Everyday
Just because October 25 is Make a Difference Day, you can do so many things to make a difference every day. From volunteer to sharing profits to raising awareness, we all can do good.
Paul is the Content Marketing Manager at Lulu. When he's not entrenched in the publishing and print-on-demand world, he likes to hike the scenic North Carolina landscape, read, sample the fanciest micro-brewed beer, and collect fountain pens. Paul is a dog person but considers himself cat tolerant.