Make a Difference Day this weekend |

Make a Difference Day this weekend

SUMMIT COUNTY – More than 400 volunteers of all ages will come together Saturday morning to make a difference in Summit County.

The fifth annual Make a Difference Day gives residents an opportunity to lend a helping hand to 28 nonprofits and various community projects.

This year, projects include trail construction and clean-up, building a theatrical set for the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts, repairing a wetlands bridge, landscaping at Summit Cove Elementary School and making information packets for the Red Cross.

American Red Cross branch manager Lisa Cloud is thrilled about the event. Volunteers will assemble the disaster preparedness folders that Cloud will distribute in Summit, Grand and Lake counties.

“It’s really helpful to me, because I’ve been trying to get this done for almost a year,” Cloud said. “It saves us time and money, because it frees up my energies to focus on our programs. What would take me hours and hours of work, these volunteers can tackle in a very short time. It really does make a difference for what I do and for the people I serve.”

Robin Albert, a volunteer site coordinator for the event, will lead a group of teenagers in cleaning up forest areas adjacent to the bike path in Frisco. Albert said that event participants benefit from the experience as much as the project sites do.

“Make a Difference Day gives the kids a chance to get to know their community,” she said. “It gives kids and adults an opportunity to get to know the nonprofits and services out there. You can make a ton of new friends, have a lot of fun and it’s a great way to get out of the house while we’re all starting to come down with cabin fever.”

Sherry Gareau, volunteer coordinator for the event, said that Make a Difference Day is a great opportunity to strengthen connections within the community.

“This is a truly extraordinary event where the people of Summit County can come together to meet one another while making a difference,” Gareau said.

Volunteers will meet at the Summit Stage Bus Barn at 8 a.m. for a light breakfast before they team up and head out to project sites. All participants will be rewarded for their hard work with a barbecue and live jazz at the conclusion of the day.

To participate in Make a Difference Day, sign up online at http://www.summitprevention or call Gareau at (970) 668-4155.

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