Make a Difference Day

Make A Difference Day is an unofficial secular holiday or observance that emphasizes community service and volunteerism. It has been celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October since 1992. Every year, millions of people across the United States volunteer and perform projects for their community, for individuals in need and for charitable organizations.


This holiday was founded in 1992 when USA Weekend – the second largest national newspaper at that time – suggested to its readers that since 1992 was a leap year people should take the extra day and use it to do something good for their communities or for those in need. The idea caught on like wildfire and has been celebrated ever since.

Customs, Observances And Traditions

People who observe this day perform some form of service for either their communities or those in need. Some of the activities which have been performed on this day include painting the computer room of a local school, cleaning out the animal cages of a zoo, building community playgrounds, and cleaning parks.

Many volunteers get together to raise funds for all kinds of charities. For example, in Palm Springs, runners often get together to run Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge to raise money for various charitable organizations.


Make A Difference Day is a great way for individuals to give something back to the communities they live and/or work in. People who want to participate on this day can do so by picking an area of need that exists in a community and fixing that need. It’s not only a great way to give back, but is also an opportunity for all of us to improve our communities.

Where is Make a Difference Day celebrated?

There is no specific location where this holiday is celebrated.
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