Make a Difference Day


Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine in 1990, Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place the 4th Saturday of every October. It is billed as “the most encompassing national day of helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.”

In 2009, several Kentucky Campus Compact members organized service projects to recognize Make a Difference Day:

• Centre College – students held an art workshop for local Spanish-speaking children
• Maysville Community & Technical College – students served with Angel Food Ministries
• Morehead State University – fundraiser for Samaritan’s Feet and canned food drive for local food pantry



USA WEEKEND offers a variety of tools for those wishing to organize a Make a Difference Day service opportunity, including toolkits, public relations material, and a database of registered events. Projects can also submit descriptions to win a $10,000 award from Newman’s Own.