You can be a part of the Make A Difference Day Volunteer Fair from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on October 27th at the Washington Pavilion. You will be able to help with hands-on service projects that benefit kids, veterans, new moms and many more.
Nationally Make A Difference Day is the country's largest annual day of caring that takes place each year in October. This year several groups like the Helpline Center and the Washington Pavilion are coming together to host an event that will give volunteers a chance to make a difference in the community and to find out what long term volunteer opportunities there are in the area.
There will also be free food and prizes at the event. The community can help with the following projects at the Make A Difference Day Volunteer Fair:
Kids Against Hunger: 9:00 a.m. to Noon - Volunteers can help pack nutritious meals for this organization. The meals will stay local and go to the Backpack Program.
Veterans Affairs: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Volunteers can decorate a bag with a message of thanks for a veteran, then fill the bags with things such as playing cards, hard candies and toiletries. These care kits will go to patients at the VA Hospital. Lewis Drug stores in Sioux Falls and Brandon have drop off bins for donated items. If you can't volunteer, you can help a veteran by providing items for them in these bins.
Teddy Bear Den: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Volunteers can help make fleece tie blankets, and they also can help pack baby care packages with items such as diapers and wipes. The Teddy Bear Den helps get these care packages and items out to those who need them. Lewis Drug stores in Sioux Falls and Brandon have drop off bins for donations if you can't make it to the event.
Sertoma Butterfly House & Outdoor Campus: 11:00 a.m. to Noon - The Outdoor Campus would like help with preparation work for Creep Fest on Oct. 31st, when students will go from station to station learning about things such as spiders, snakes and worms. They will also need help making other crafts, such as bird feeders. The Sertoma Butterfly House needs help tying twine into knots to hold butterfly pupae.
There is no pre-registration required for this event. Simply dial 2-1-1 or visit www.helplinecenter.org for more information.
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