By Britt Bickel

This Saturday, October 26th is Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. For over 20 years, this national event has been organized by USA Weekend Magazine and Points of Light as a “celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.”

According to the official site, “millions of volunteers from around the world will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 26, 2013.”

The event invites all to give a helping hand by volunteering on projects held in their communities, often times organized by other corporations, communities, nonprofit organizations, entire states and individuals.

Here are a few projects we found listed in the SoCal area that are in need of volunteers this Make a Difference Day:

Baby Diaper Drive In World Famous Downtown Los Angeles,CA
Organized by: Downtown LA Baby Diaper Bank

Description: Volunteers will help collect baby diapers as they are dropped off at the site and help put them in on site storage.

Where: 512 S.Main St, Los Angeles, California, 90013

When: 10/26; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Halloween Zootacular Event
Organized by: OC Parks

Description: Help children at the OC Zootacular Halloween extravaganza! Help face paint, watch children, and volunteer wherever needed.

Where: 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, California, 92682

When: 10/26; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Community Clean Up w/ Yoga & Tai Chi & Film
Organized by: Heal One World

Description: Come get to know your neighbors, your neighborhood non-profit which provides free classes, like Tai Chi and Yoga. We noticed our area could use a clean sweep! Let’s meet at 10am and begin with a short meditation and then brief intro Tai Chi class to center and become focused.

Where: 3503 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90019

When: 10/26; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


And that’s just scratching the surface of projects happening around SoCal for Make A Difference Day. To search for even more volunteer opportunities in your community, use the search tool on

Not only is it national Make A Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 26th, it’s also Worldwide Forgiveness Day. It’s a day to celebrate unconditional love and take the time to repair, restore, rebuild and revive damaged relationships in your life.

Pat Prescott talked about the three ‘Cs’ everyone should try to give us this weekend in recognition of Forgiveness Day. Listen below:


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