Make a Difference Day Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.
Rotary MDD Purpose Build relationships among our fellow Rotarians, their family members, friends and other volunteers in our southwest valley area by serving others. Seven committee members representing all three clubs Be a catalyst for change in our community by providing leadership and resources. Our three Rotary Clubs initiated Make a Difference Day in 2008 Encourage members of our two new southwest valley Rotoract Clubs to join us. Make a positive impact for many in our community. Served two projects last year, four this year
Purpose Encourage community volunteerism outside of Rotary to increase our capacity of donated hours. West Valley National Bank established a volunteer hotline 65 volunteers last year, 103 volunteers this year (45 from Luke AFB) Support the Rotary International causes in our own community. Served Boys and Girls Club – poverty, literacy Served New Life Center – domestic abuse Served two disabled veterans – preserving the earth and disabled people
Commitments $1,500 budgeted per Club Submitted and received a $2,500 Rotary 5490 District Grant $1,200 cash donations for t-shirts and etc. Lunch from McDonalds Water from Credit Union West Still estimating in-kind donations, but expect them to be about $3,000-$6,000
Projects ProjectTasks Boys and Girls ClubNew books New furniture in teen room New patio furniture Painted teen and youth rooms and bathrooms Rock for front landscape Benches at front entrance and patio Minor drywall repairs
Boys and Girls Club
Projects ProjectTasks New Life CenterBuilt sandbox and poured in sand Painted mural in child development center
Projects ProjectTasks Disabled Marine Veteran in TollesonCleaned up landscape Repaired/replaced fascia boards Painted entire exterior of house
Disabled Marine Veteran-Tolleson
Projects ProjectTasks Disabled Air Force Veteran in GoodyearCleaned up landscape Replaced damaged weather stripping Replaced damaged door trim Repaired damaged stucco Painted three interior rooms Painted two exterior doors and trim Painted part of external wall
Disabled Air Force Veteran-Goodyear
Outcome 103 volunteers (45 from Luke AFB) $2,500 District Simplified Grant $4,500 from three Clubs ($1,500 each) $1,200 in cash donations $3,000 to $6,000 in in-kind donations Came in UNDER BUDGET by about $1,500
2009 Lessons Learned We need more Rotarians involved Project Superintendent to coordinate all crew chiefs 1 crew chief per 20 volunteers 1 care team leader per job site Take site photos Be sure all volunteers have food/drink Entire committee does job site visit Limit volunteers per job site Keep them engaged Need enough tools per job site Need to know food/snack/drink requirements by head count Need more volunteers at check in
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Thanks to photographers: Jim Painter, Rotarian, Litchfield Park Connie Stepnitz, Rotarian, White Tanks Nancy Herrington, Rotarian, Litchfield Park