by Ashley Kasprzak, JVA Consulting
Make a Difference Day was held last October across the nation. I wrote about participating in Loveland as part of United Way of Larimer County’s efforts. A very small activity was cleaning the 119-year-old Feed & Grain building. It was productive, and there was a great group from WhipMix that built a countertop area and wired a light.
Even more memorable was making cookies with my children for volunteers. At 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning we had an assembly line around my dining table. Jared and Brody groggily had to assemble bags with cookies, a t-shirt and brochures about the historic preservation effort. My husband would say that they learned about being “voluntold” at a young age. I believe they liked it and felt good to be part of community activities!
I raise memories of that fall day because United Way of Larimer County’s Volunteer Center, was just recognized as having one of the 10 most successful Make a Difference Day events in the nation. USA Weekend magazine featured them in last Sunday’s edition, distributed to households that get a Sunday paper.
Jami McMannes, the 10th annual Make A Difference Day coordinator, said they extend the day and have a Make A Difference Week, with 4,450 people aiding 75 organizations and about 40,000 residents. Volunteers of all ages completed 150 projects countywide. Way to go to all those volunteers in northern Colorado!