Make a Difference

Oct 20, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Make a Difference Day is a “national day of helping others, a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors,” according to its originator, the national newspaper USA Today.

The annual event takes place every year on the fourth Sunday in October, and this year Public Allies, a program of the Bridges for a Just Community and the McKie Community Center (Northside), will host a “Fall Festival” that includes community service and fun on Oct. 25.—-

The partnership will work on “reconstructing gardens, rain swales and trail work for the surrounding community,” according to an event press release. “Following the reconstruction project, Public Allies and the McKie staff will host a fall festival for the local community and youth. The festival will feature snacks, 15 games and exhibits, music, face painting and prizes for the youth to win.”

To participate this Saturday, go to McKie at 1655 Chase Avenue in Northside during the event hours, 1:30-4 p.m.

McKie “features a Community Center with new Fitness and Cardio rooms, senior programs including lunch, after school youth programs, evening educational and fitness classes for adults and a community garden with 50 garden boxes.”

Public Allies “change their lives and the community through a rigorous 10-month AmeriCorps program that combines full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofits with intensive skills training, active community-building projects, personalized coaching, and critical reflection.”

Bridges for a Just Community “brings people together to achieve inclusion, equity and justice for all who live and work in the Greater Cincinnati community” with a vision of creating “a respectful, equitable and welcoming community for all citizens through education, advocacy and dialogue.”

For more information about the event, call Bridges 513-545-9197.