Since 1992, Make a Difference Day has mobilized thousands of volunteers to come together with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others by volunteering in our community. To inspire civic participation, United Way of Larimer County engages with businesses and individuals to recruit and engage volunteers, encourage cross-sector collaboration, and create a pipeline of civic leaders.

The 2021 festivities kick off with a weeklong celebration of volunteerism in Larimer County beginning October 16, with Make a Difference Day recognized on Saturday, October 23.

To participate in Make a Difference Day, individuals and prospective volunteers made a free account on NoCoVolunteers.org, United Way of Larimer County’s online volunteer resource center. The site contains hundreds of volunteer opportunities, both virtual and in-person, from more than 50 local nonprofit agencies. Users can customize their profiles to select their areas of interest and engage with the causes that are most important to them. To date, there are over 2,000 active volunteers at NoCoVolunteers.org, which operates year-round.

“Make a Difference Day has been influential in supporting Larimer County through volunteerism with local nonprofits and municipal partners. This work is important now more than ever as many of these partners and communities they support have been impacted by the pandemic and Colorado wildfires,” said Iván Díaz, Vice President of Community Impact at United Way of Larimer County. “When we come together as a collective, we can have a long-lasting impact across Northern Colorado, Larimer County and our surrounding communities. Make a Difference Day is one of those opportunities that brings us together as a community to support and give back.”

THE VALUE OF VOLUNTEERISM

The value of volunteerism is especially clear in light of the challenges facing our community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Cameron Peak Fire. According to Volunteers of America, the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition had a combined total of 602 volunteer hours provided under the Larimer County’s Fire initiatives.

“HP feels everyone shares a responsibility to better society.” Said Curtis Wray, Materials Chemist at Hewlett Packard. “We invest in the places where we live, work, and do business, helping people thrive through greater equality, opportunity, and sustainability. Our support of United Way volunteering efforts and Make a Difference Day aligns perfectly with our goal to create a positive local impact in communities and provides our employees an opportunity to volunteer their time and skills to better the world where we live.”

Make a Difference Day was made possible by our generous community supporter:


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