Together we can make a difference

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~Anne Frank

Neighbors helping neighbors. That’s what Make a Difference Day is all about. On October 24, a national day of community service, volunteers across the country will join together to improve the lives of others.

What can you do? On Saturday, October 24, 2015, here are some of the Make a Difference Day events taking place in Hawaii:

* Ewa Beach, Oahu, 8 am to noon: Join the Honolulu Police Department for Project Clean at Ewa Mahiko Park. Help paint over graffiti and pick up trash. Call 723-8456 for details.

* Mililani, Oahu, 8 am to noon: Make a Difference Day at the Mililani Rec 7. There will be pet adoptions, a pet supply drive, e-cycling, toy and school supply collections, tunnel painting, sign waving, and more.

* Kaneohe, Oahu, 9 am to noon: Join the Kawa Adopt-a-Stream cleanup at Kawa Stream, along with the City and College for Every Student Club at Castle High School. Call 233-5600 ext. 2279 for details.

* Kaneohe, Oahu, 8 am to noon: Sign up for a Make a Difference Workday at Castle High School to clean the imu pit, clear out the Hydroponic House, and build planter boxes, sponsored by Kupu Hawaii.

* Hilo, Hawaii, 7:30 am: 20th Annual Make a Difference Day at the UH Hilo Campus. Join this campus beautification event and help out with gardening, weeding, and general maintenance.

* Kamalani, Kauai, 7:30 to noon: Community Work Day at the main pavilion at Kamalani Playground and Lydgate Park. Please bring a water bottle, work gloves, sunscreen, shoes, and smiles!

We can also choose to Make a Difference for a cause:

* Aiea, Oahu, 7 am to 8 am: Join the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. Walk the walk or volunteer at the event.

* Honolulu, Oahu, 11 am to 3 pm: Learn about how you can make a difference about bullying with Bye-Bye Bullies Hawaii at Iolani School, SCIL Third Floor.

Inspired by Make a Difference Day? Next year or right now, you can plan a service project or coordinate one with an existing organization. Start with the free downloadable “Volunteer Leader Toolkit” with information and checklists for organizing a service project. Remember to choose a project that your community needs and that you feel passionate about.

We all have busy lives, but we don’t need to choose one day a year to make a difference. Kindness, a smile, and small courtesies make a difference every day. How can you make a difference in your community and in someone’s life?

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