Buchanan celebrating 6th annual "Make a Difference Day"

BUCHANAN, Mich.-Nearly 100 volunteers will be making a difference in the city of Buchanan Saturday as part of a community-wide service day.

The 6th annual “Make a Difference Day” is part of National Day of Service. Buchanan is the only city in Michiana to host an official service day.

For the first couple of years, the day was geared toward members of Buchanan’s First United Methodist Church. Eventually, it grew into a community-wide initiative.

“This really fosters a sense of community and pride,” said Barbara Pitcher, Committee Lead for Make a Difference Day. “We’re really hoping that since many of the activities benefit the youth, we hope they will have a greater sense of pride and ownership and that sense of volunteerism and community engagement throughout the rest of their lives,” Pitcher said.

This year, there will be 17 projects set in 12 sites around the city. Volunteer projects include cleaning up city parks, painting and making repairs to Buchanan’s Art Center, fixing bathrooms in Moccasin Elementary School, putting Christmas lights up in the city’s commons and making Valentine’s for active troops.

Many activities are family-friendly. All ages are welcome to participate.

“Make a Difference Day” is set to begin at 9 A.M. and go until 12 P.M. You can still register in person at the First United Methodist Church at 9 A.M. before the day is set to begin.

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