5 Ways You Can Make a Difference Today

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October 22 “Make a Difference Day.” According to the Make a Difference Day website it’s “one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together on Make A Difference Day with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others.” The website helps you find a volunteer opportunity in your community or start a volunteer project that others can then find through the website. But if you are like me and spare time on a Saturday is hard to come by between sports, birthday parties and still trying to unpack from a PCS, even you can find the time To participate in Make a Difference Day.

Below is a list of 5 ways you can make a difference whether that is on October 22nd with a group of volunteers or on your own time, in your own way. While not all of these activities may qualify for an award through the Make a Difference organization, you can still feel good about your effort and set a good example for those around you.

Clean up the neighborhood park

This activity could qualify for an award with the Make a Difference day organization and you can register it on their website to enlist some help. But if you can’t do it on October 22nd it’s still a great way to make a difference in your community.

Make a difference in yourself

It’s easy to forget to take care of yourself. As military spouses it’s often about the service member. Their job, their schedule. Pick up a personal development book. Start eating better, even if it’s just one meal a day. Investing in yourself helps you become a better version of you and can allow you to give more to your family and others.

Send a card to your old battle buddy

Between work schedules and kids’ schedules it’s been hard to connect with my battle buddy from Fort Campbell for a few months now. But I can pick up a card at Target and drop it in the mail to brighten her day.

Smile at everyone you meet

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.” This quote from P.S. I Love You is so true. Often we go about our day doing the same things and going to the same places. When you smile at a stranger it not only can brighten their day but it will help lift your spirits too.

Boo someone

I’m a huge fan of Pinterest and pinning things I will never make. But this is one that will happen. You create a fun basket of items and print out a card saying “You’ve been Boo’d” and leave it on a neighbor’s door step. It’s a fun way to connect with old and new neighbors and celebrate Halloween.

Military families are no strangers to volunteering or to making a difference in the lives of others. Even if you can only volunteer in a small way this year, don’t think that’s not important. Like the official Make a Difference Day website says, “One Day Can Make a Difference.”

About the Author

Amanda Anderson
Amanda is an Army wife, mom of 3 and fur mom to a retired mine detection dog. An experienced nonprofit professional and Program Manager at Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, Amanda enjoys making a difference in the military community. With a recent move from the Washington D.C. area to El Paso, Texas, Amanda is enjoying the slower pace of Texas, local food and free time that used to be spent stuck in D.C. traffic.