October 22 is national Make a Difference Day and one of the local options for service projects is designed specifically for volunteers 50 and over.

As part of the Cleveland Foundation's Encore ACTS program, which provides volunteer opportunities for people 50+, a special Make A Difference Day activity will be held at City Rising Farm in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood.

Volunteers will have the chance to learn how to properly prepare a garden for the next growing season, plant fruit trees and garlic bulbs, and enjoy a meal while learning more about the Hough community.

Make A Difference Day, organized by WKYC's parent company, TEGNA, allows for thousands of volunteers and communities across the country to come together in an effort to improve the lives of others through community-driven projects.

Since its start in 1992, “Make A Difference Day proves that every person, no matter their age or background, and every action, no matter how big or small, can make a difference," said Gracia Martore, TEGNA president and chief executive officer.

WKYC employees will join with residents across the region in volunteering on this national day of service.

Local activities are being coordinated through BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

Choices range from sorting donated medical supplies for Medwish to cleaning up Lake Erie beaches with the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Another option is the family-friendly “Trash N Treat Canal Cleanup” hosted by Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition.

Children are invited to come in their Halloween costumes and help their parents clean up the Canal, Towpath Trail and Howe house grounds.

You can register to participate in Make a Difference Day activities, with your family, co-workers, or by yourself.

If interested in participating, you can sign up here, or by calling 216.736.7711