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Make A Difference Day–National Day of Doing Good

October 19, 2011

October 22 marks the 19th annual “Make a Difference Day,” the perfect day to set aside for volunteering and improving the lives of the less fortunate and the community as a whole. What started off as a simple idea in a 1992 issue of the USA Today’s Weekend magazine has since spread to become the largest community service project in the nation. People from all walks of life come together, year after year, to make a difference in their communities. From corporate heads, politicians, charitable organizations, celebrities, and everyday people, 3 million people a year use this opportunity to give back. Now, MADD is always held the fourth Saturday in October.

In 2010, Delta Sigma Pi was honored as a National Make A Difference Day winner. The Fraternity was recognized, in part, for its increased and diverse participation around the country. Delta Sigma Pi and none other honorees were spotlighted in USA Weekend and each received a $10,000 donation from Newman’s Own for the charity of their choice. The national Fraternity decided to divide the donation so that each provincially-selected charity received $2,000: Northeastern—Habitat for Humanity; South Central—Ronald McDonald House; Southern—Verizon Hope Line; Western—S t. Jude; and North Central—American Cancer Society. This year, the Fraternity is eligible for the Encore Award: one past winner will receive a $10,000 grant from Newman’s own to be donated to the charity of their choice.

Be sure to register your MADD event with National Community Service Chair Kris McDaniel. Also, send news of your participation and photos to magazine@dspnet.org for inclusion in the March DELTASIG.

In the past, Deltasigs have completed a wide-range of activities, from serving meals at homeless shelters and building houses for Habitat to Humanity to spending time at a nursing home and cleaning up a stretch of highway. The possibilities are endless, so how are you participating in MADD this year?

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