Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism is offering grants to support community service projects organized for 2009 Make A Difference Day, October 24, 2009, the most encompassing national day of helping others. Three grants worth up to $3,700 each will be awarded.
Known as the "national day to help others," Make A Difference Day is a national effort designed to mobilize citizens in communities across the country in volunteer service. Make A Difference Day is sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine and held in partnership with HandsON Network and is supported by Newman's Own, in collaboration with celebrities, government, nonprofits and businesses. This year, Serve DC will focus its attention on this day to engage persons of all backgrounds regardless of disability, race, national origin or religion. On this day, DC residents will “do good” and engage hundreds of volunteers.
Awards will be made to nonprofits, public schools, universities, community groups, faith-based organizations, government agencies, or public organizations to support service projects based on community needs and a culminating celebration to rejoice in the contribution to the community. These activities will enable communities to meet critical needs that include environmental, educational, public safety, homeland security and other community needs. Additionally, applicants must propose to institute a reflection and celebration activity to promote long term service commitment.