GREEN BAY - The time is now to sign up to Make a Difference in your community.
Next Saturday, October 26th, more than three million people are expected to join in on the nation's largest day of service.
After several years of volunteering, De Pere’s Drina Ducharme has felt the positive effects of giving back.
“To feel part of the community and how they're helping people that don't have the means to buy clothing or household goods,” said Ducharme.
For the first time, Ducharme will be pitching in with Brown County's Volunteer Center for Make a Difference Day. She joined several other volunteers at Bethesda Thrift Shop in Green Bay, in hopes of recruiting others.
“Many of us are frustrated with local government and national government issues,” said Christine Danielson, the executive director of the Volunteer Center of Brown County. “By being a volunteer in your own community, you're taking that step and helping to make things better where you live.”
Yard work for those who can't do it themselves is one way the Brown County Volunteer Center started getting involved in the day 18 years ago. Since then opportunities have grown, including helping out at Halloween events like the NEW Zoo Boo.
“This is just one way we can work together and be more powerful and impactful as a community,” said Karmen Lemke, the director of the WPS Foundation.
So far, nearly 200 volunteers are signed up in Brown County.
Businesses like Wisconsin Public Service are joining the effort.
“From a professional standpoint, there's a lot of opportunity to gain new skills, to network, to again just help their community out,” said Lemke.
“People might start out volunteering on Make a Difference Day and then realize they really like it and want to continue making a difference throughout the year by serving as a volunteer,” said Danielson.
Volunteer veterans like Ducharme say it can be a small act that can go a long way.
“I just suggest everyone go out and volunteer and make a difference,” said Ducharme.
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