Baby Boomers Make A Difference

USA Weekend Make A Difference Day Seniors, Baby Boomers VolunteerOne of the most popular items on the “free time wish list” is the opportunity to perform volunteer work or to provide support to a charity or service organization in one’s community.

Now in its 20th year, provides an outlet for people to share their time, talent, and financial support with a non-profit or other organization, to improve the communities in which they live and work.

Sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine and the Points of Light Foundation, Make A Difference Day aims to illustrate how one person or small group can make an impact when they take on the problems they see in their community.

Millions of people provide service to support organizations around the globe on the last Saturday of October each year. The Make A Difference movement encourages participants to complete the bulk of the work on that date, although the community service may span several days or weeks, or be part of an ongoing project.

Part of the Make A Difference movement is to raise awareness about volunteer opportunities within the community, and to identify opportunities for everyone, regardless of age, financial situation, or physical ability.

In Georgia, for example, the brothers of Nu Pi have partnered with the Acworth Parks and Recreation Department to manage family games and activities at the annual Halloween Festival in Acworth.

The NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity is holding the ARK Project, to encourage people of all ages and walks of life to perform Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) for those in need. ARK activities include “Houses for Heroes,” to provide home ownership and education for veterans, including Wounded Warriors; “Lydia & Joseph’s Closet,” which recycles an upcycles gently used clothing; and “I Have A Dream,” which provides mentoring programs to teach children how to set and work toward goals.

The AmeriCorps program at Clayton State University is partnering with the Southeastern Region National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC) to build a sand volleyball court, trail maintenance projects and garden beautification activities for the Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus in Douglasville, a 1,200-acre psychiatric facility which provides treatment and educational services for youth with emotional and behavior issues.

The Gainesville/Hall County Alliance for Literacy is hosting its 6th Annual 24-hour Read-A-Thon, to help “break the cycle” of family illiteracy. Volunteers read for as little as one hour, and as much as the entire 24 hours, to bring awareness to the problem of illiteracy, and to encourage education for adults in basic skills such as reading, English as a Second Language, and GED preparation.

Other programs include donating non-perishable food items to community food pantries, picking up trash in parks and community gathering areas, and sharing skills such as reading or studying with a child who needs an adult mentor in their life.

For more information about participating in the 2013 Make A Difference Day, visit www.makeadifferenceday.com/advance-search, and enter your ZIP code for a list of opportunities in your area.

Homeowners in each Windsong community enjoy the opportunity to become a part of the city, county or region in which they live. With a lifetime of experience, life in their new low-maintenance ranch homes afford them the time they desire to be a part of something that will make an impact on their present environment, and leave a legacy for generations to come.

Welcome home to Windsong Where Life’s A Breeze!

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