Planting trees. Hanging holiday lights. Sorting books.

These are just some of the “done in a day” projects planned locally for Make a Difference Day, a national day of community service on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The annual day of volunteerism unites people across the country with a common mission – to improve the lives of others through community-driven service projects.

WKYC employees will fan out across the city on Oct. 22, taking part in a variety of projects coordinated by BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, and the public is invited to pitch in as well.

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Here are some of the great projects that are seeking volunteers:

  • Sorting medical supplies for international relief efforts at Medwish International,
  • Planting in Hough at City Rising Farm,
  • Hanging holiday lights at St. Augustine Health Ministries,
  • Planting trees and clearing trails at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park,
  • Sorting books at the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank,
  • Cleaning the towpath and canal areas (in your Halloween costume) at the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.
  • Helping to beautify the grounds of Fairhill Partners

Make your choice and register here, or by calling 216.736.7711. Then join WKYC staffers in announcing on social media that you're taking part in Make a Difference Day --be sure to use the hashtag #MDDAY.

Make a Difference Day began in 1992 and has become one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide. The volunteer initiative is guided by TEGNA Inc., the parent company of WKYC, and Gannett media properties. It receives support from Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light.