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Gilbert Make a Difference Day 2013 Grows

Gilbert, Ariz. - Since its start in February of 2012, participation in Gilbert’s Make a Difference Day has doubled.  On Saturday, October 26,  more than 1,300 people volunteered their time in our community to build relationships and make a difference. Projects included gardening, yard work, painting and rummagesales, and service locations were just as varied; local parks, non-profit organizations and elementary schools.   
During the event, Gilbert Council Member and Co-Director of For Our City, Victor Petersen stressed the importance of volunteerism.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to begin a relationship with a service opportunity,” said Petersen. “We find that they tend to engage, not just on that one day, but once they’ve understood the opportunity, they continue.”
 
One non-profit that has benefited from this event is the Starbright Foundation, an organization that serves abused children.  
 
“Make a Difference Day is a huge blessing to us. Starbright Foundation believes in incorporating everybody we can in the community to help keep children safe,” said Lori Regnier with the Starbright Foundation. “Our youngest volunteer is from Brownie Troops all the way up to senior citizens that make blankets for the children. If people have a heart to help hurting children, we find a way to plug them in.”
 
This event is a collaboration of public servants, community leaders, faith leaders and individuals who want to make a difference in the Gilbert community. The next Make a Difference Day will be held in the Spring of 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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