National Make a Difference Day is an annual community service event held on the fourth Saturday of every October. This year, that day falls on October 26th, and millions of people will unite across the country with a mission of improving other’s quality of life. Here is our guide to a number of ways you can help make a difference in your community, which will not only enrich your life, but the lives of those you live and work with.

Be a Part of Something Bigger

Make a difference in your community by planning a service project and becoming a role model to those around you. If you’re eager to get started but aren’t sure where to begin, input your ZIP code into this Points of Light search engine to find an ongoing service project near you. Or, gather up some friends and take matters into your own hands! Contact a representative from your local parks and/or recreation department and ask about the process of volunteering, or about how to get involved with beautifying a public park. By putting effort into making a shared space more enjoyable, you’ll improve the mood of everyone who passes through the park, which will without a doubt find its way back to you!

Work Close to Home

If you’re working to make a difference in the lives of those around you, it makes sense to try and benefit the people who you surround yourself the most! If you have a green space in your community, get in touch with your HOA and see about converting a part of that area into a shared vegetable garden. Eating fresh produce can really brighten your mood and add some color to your diet, and there’s no better feeling than taking a bite of a bell pepper that you picked yourself! If you have children in your community, getting them hooked on the delicious taste of fresh fruits and veggies early in life is key to making sure they have a healthy diet and lifestyle as an adult. Gardening at a young age also encourages a connection with the environment, and provides children with valuable skills for the future.

Whether you’re working on improving a local public park, or working to make a difference in your home lifestyle or diet, volunteering your time is an incredibly rewarding way to improve the lives of those around you. While National Make a Difference Day is only once a year, there’s no reason why you can’t keep the spirit of volunteerism alive, using your spare time to continue giving back to your community. For more tips on methods for improving your community, be sure to like WCI Tampa on Facebook.

October 18, 2019