Soldiers given opportunity to make a difference
in someone’s life
Fort Lewis Guardian 18 Sep 2008-09-23By Barbara L. Sellers, Northwest Guardian
Published: 02:35PM September 18th, 2008
A special day has been set aside to make a difference in someone’s life.
Make a Difference Day, Oct. 25, provides an opportunity for groups and organizations to adopt a project for one day, either on or off post.
“The premise for Make a Difference Day is to encourage neighbors to help neighbors and to develop community spirit by setting aside one day to make a difference in someone’s life,” said Lori Parker, Army volunteer corps coordinator.
Parker already has a list of 17 projects on post that people can choose from. They can also register projects that they come up with on their own.
“We want people to get involved in the areas that they are passionate about,” she said. “I can e-mail our list of projects to people. If they don’t find something on the list that they are interested in doing, we can help them find a project.”
Regardless of the projects each group or organization chooses, it’s important to register them with the post coordinator so Parker can give everyone credit for their volunteer hours.
“We also want to keep a record of the different projects that people are doing for this event, so I will need all of those statistics,” Parker said.
Additionally, when an organization registers a project, it will need to identify the project coordinator. Parker will have a meeting for all project coordinators Oct. 17 at 10 a.m., at the Family Resource Center.
“We just want to touch base to make sure each group or organization has done everything they need to do to get the project ready,” she said. “We will answer questions, give the necessary paperwork out and see if they have contacted everybody who needs to be contacted.”
Each year the number of projects that are adopted varies, Parker said.
“It really depends on unit deployments, other activities the organizations are involved in and whether or not they can fit something else onto their plate,” she said.
However, all of the projects do not have to be large projects.
“Projects can be large or small,” Parker said. “It could be something as simple as going to a nursing home just to sit and visit with someone.”
Examples of projects on post that could be adopted are things like doing a toy donation drive for Santa’s Castle, providing dinner one evening at Fisher House or by painting or doing beautification at a school in the community.
“I would like people to contact me now to let me know what project they will be doing,” Parker said. As long as projects still need to be adopted and people have enough time to coordinate them before the day of the event, they can still adopt one, she said.
“We can make a difference in someone’s life,” Parker said. “We can touch someone’s life through Make a Difference Day, so we want as many people as possible to get involved.”
To adopt a project, register a project of your own, or get more information, e-mail Parker at: Lori.firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 967-2324.