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Here's How You Can Make A Difference

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Oct 6, 2016
by Volunteer Center of Lubbock
"When you volunteer, you are not paid in money or recognition, you are paid in love. People may forget what you said, and people may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
For the past two decades, every fourth Saturday of October has been celebrated worldwide as "Make a Difference Day," where millions of individuals come together to help out their community. Make a Difference Day was created in 1992 by USA Weekend magazine and Points of Light and has been a celebrated tradition ever since. This month, many of our agency partners will celebrate Make a Difference Day, where families, organizations and individuals can come together with millions of other volunteers worldwide to make a difference. 
This year, Make A Difference Day is on October 22nd. Opportunities to get involved include numerous project locations, such as the Lubbock Arboretum and the Boys and Girls Club Spook House. Sign up is available through GetConnected, where you can also find more information about our next National Day of Service, Family Volunteer Day on November 19th. So stay tuned!

Please join us on these National Days of Service to serve your community and make this year's event a huge success! For more information, contact Paris Wright at

Grant Writing Class

Part of the Volunteer Center of Lubbock's mission is to serve and provide people with leadership opportunities to fully engage in their community. Join us on October 18th to learn about how project management and grant writing can impact your agency. You will take back valuable skills for when it comes to submitting your proposals to funders in the future.  This innovative workshop takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Volunteer Center Conference Room, so make sure to mark it on your calendars! To register or for more information, contact Sabine Wohlschlag at

20th Annual Cornucopia Luncheon 

Please join us in celebrating this year's Cornucopia Luncheon where the Volunteer Center of Lubbock will distribute awards to outstanding volunteers in the community.  Our 20th annual event takes place at the Lubbock Country Club on Wednesday, November 2nd from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We would love to have you celebrate the many accomplishments of all of this year's recipients with us. For more information about Cornucopia and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Ways to Make an Impact

Alstrom's Angels is an agency that further helps children with disabilities by making advances in medical research, family support offerings, and promotes awareness for rare diseases.  Their mission is to dedicate their time and service in raising funds to helping children and adults suffering with these illnesses. For more information on how to further help, please contact Cassie Johnson at or (806) 701-5290.

Buckner Children and Family Services cares for children and individuals from ages 0-23 in foster care, as well as, women who are in need of emotional, spiritual, educational, mental, and vocational help. Buckner is also able to help strengthen at-risk families in need by following their goals of building the necessary skills and knowledge these individuals need in life. If you would like more information on how to better serve this agency, please contact Becky Robertson at or (806) 795-7151.

Carpenter's Church is the only open day shelter in Lubbock for people to escape to. They offer a variety of programs and help to the community such as housing for homeless individuals and families, women's ministries to provide and safe and supportive environments for them, as well as, hosting special events around the holidays. To get more information on how to help volunteer, contact Chad Wheeler at or (806) 687-6876.

Other Opportunities this Month

October 6th

Project Name: Dancey Feet: Stencil Painting

The Charles Adams Studio Project is collaborating with Ballet Lubbock to trace and spray paint dancing feet for dancers in Lubbock! This project is really simple, easy, and exciting to be a part of. All you need to do is be able to hold a spray can! This art design will also be featured in the upcoming month's FirstFriday Art Trail.

Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Location: 1106 5th Street, Lubbock Tx 79401

Contact: or (806) 788-1088

Ongoing until October 15th

Project Name: Apple Pickers and Thinners

The South Plains Food Bank needs individuals to come out and help pick up all of their falling apples! These fruits will then be distributed to those in need. Shifts are 2-hour intervals between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, as well as, Saturday groups if needed. Help give back to your community by volunteering today!

Location: 5601 MLK Blvd, Lubbock Tx 79404