Summit County Government

Posted on: September 14, 2015

Make a Difference Day to Take Place Sept. 26

Photo of volunteers loading brush into a tractor.

Summit County’s 17th annual day of community volunteering will assist local nonprofits and fortify food banks

Laurie Blackwell, Summit County Youth & Family Services

SUMMIT COUNTY, CO — Organizers of Summit County’s Make a Difference Day are encouraging residents to mark their calendars for this year’s event. The annual countywide day of community service will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26.

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

Make a Difference Day is a national day of community service. Last year in Summit County, the event drew about 250 volunteers, who mobilized to lend a helping hand at more than 15 local work sites. Past activities have included building and maintaining trails, painting a building for a local nonprofit, improving playgrounds and cleaning and winterizing historic properties. Each not-for-profit organization that hosts a site this year is eligible for a drawing to win one of two $500 donations to the organization.

Make a Difference Day participants can register online at Day-of registration will be available at 8 a.m. 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 doubles as a food drive for local families in need. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable items to the event check-in to contribute to food banks in Summit County.

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, Copper Mountain, Keystone Resort, Carlos Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, 1st Bank, the Summit Daily News, Alpine Bank, Colorado Tents and Events, American Family Insurance, Rocky Mountain Cabanas, Starbucks, Silverheels Bar and Grill and Summit Stage.

For more information about Summit County’s Make a Difference Day, or to register your nonprofit organization as a work site, visit


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