Oct. 22 is national Make A Difference Day and serving as a race volunteer for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's Gritty City 5K run and 1-mile walk is one of nine different options for Northeast Ohioans who want to participate.

Helpers are needed to assist with race logistics at the Gritty City race, including staffing a water station, cheering on runners and providing directions throughout the course in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood.

Make A Difference Day 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, president and chief executive officer, TEGNA.

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