Summit County’s 17th annual community volunteering day will help local nonprofits, food banks |

Summit County’s 17th annual community volunteering day will help local nonprofits, food banks

If you want to volunteer this weekend, you’ll be in good company.

Summit County’s 17th annual countywide day of community service, Make a Difference Day, will be Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Make a Difference Day is one of our favorite days in Summit County,” said Robin Albert, Youth & Family Services director. “It’s so great to see everyone rolling up their sleeves and investing their time and energy into the community.”

The day is a national day of community service. Last year in Summit, the event drew about 250 volunteers who mobilized to lend their time and labor at more than 15 local work sites.

Past activities have included building and maintaining trails, painting a local nonprofit building, improving playgrounds and cleaning and winterizing historic properties. Each nonprofit that hosts a site this year is eligible for a drawing to win one of two donations of $500.

Make a Difference Day participants can register online or at 8 a.m. Saturday at the event check-in at the Summit Stage Bus Barn, behind the County Commons in Frisco, but registration lines can be long. All participants will receive free breakfast at the Bus Barn before they head to their work sites, and they’ll receive a free barbecue lunch when they return.

The event also doubles as a food drive for local families in need. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable items to check-in to contribute to Summit food banks.

Make a Difference Day is sponsored by a broad coalition of local community organizations and businesses, including Summit County Rotary, Summit County government, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain Resort, Keystone Resort, Carlos Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, First Bank, the Summit Daily News, Alpine Bank, Colorado Tents and Events, American Family Insurance, Rocky Mountain Cabanas, Starbucks, Silverheels Bar & Grill and Summit Stage.

For more information about Summit County’s Make a Difference Day, or to register to volunteer or to host a work site, visit

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