Altrusa Club volunteers for Habitat for Humanity

Nov 07, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Marty Prevost, Mary Millar and Cheryl Meyers represent Altrusa of Waynesville during Make A Difference Day.

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Make A Difference Day is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Millions of Americans across the country spent Saturday, Oct. 26 doing volunteer projects to improve their communities and help neighbors in need.

The day is the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations and everyday Americans into action on one day.

Altrusa International of Waynesville, based in Haywood County, volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity house on Make A Difference Day. Altrusa members prepared lunch for the work crew and also volunteered on the home site at Barefoot Ridge in Clyde.

On the last Make A Difference Day, a record 3 million volunteers participated and an estimated 28 million people in need benefited. Projects have ranged from a countywide cleanup involving thousands of people to a mentoring program in which members of a sorority provided one-on-one support to 35 underprivileged children.

Altrusa is an international nonprofit organization that strives to make our local communities better through leadership, partnership and service. Altrusa historically has been, and still is, a community service organization with a focus on literacy and other local needs. To learn more, visit