Still time to help out

Make A Difference Day projects looking for volunteers

WARREN — Saturday is Make A Difference Day, but there’s still plenty of ways for people to get involved even if they do not have a project of their own.

Make A Difference Day, sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle, is a day when local volunteers give of themselves to improve their community. Approximately 60 individuals and groups will be undertaking nearly 80 projects throughout Trumbull County, and many of those groups are counting on the generosity of the community to make their projects a success.

One such project is the Bristolville Coalition, which will be doing a day of fundraising activities for a family that lost its home in a fire over the summer. Activities at the Bristol Town Hall and township park begin at noon and a spaghetti dinner will be 3 to 7 p.m. at the Bristol United Methodist Church.

If you want to get your hands dirty, the following projects could use some extra volunteers:

l Garfield Community Garden will be planting bulbs, spreading wood chips and beautifying the garden. Volunteers should meet on Woodland Avenue between Perkinswood Boulevard and Willard Avenue at 9 a.m.

l Neighborhood Pride is doing a cleanup project in several areas of Warren Township and also will be raking leaves for senior citizens. Both projects will be 1 to 4 p.m. Call Trustee Ed Anthony at 330-898-2101 to sign up.

l Warren Councilwoman Danielle Polivka is hosting a cleanup at Circle Park on Central Parkway. Meet at the park at 10 a.m.

l The Upton Association is hosting a cleanup at the Women’s Park on Mahoning Avenue between Warren City Hall and the Trumbull Tourism Bureau 9 a.m. to noon.

l Vienna Neighborhood Watch will hang door hangers about overdose symptoms and how to help someone who is overdosing, as well as information about prescription drug takeback days on behalf of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. Volunteers can meet at 10 a.m. Friday at the Vienna Police Department.

If you’re looking for a simple way to participate in Make A Difference Day, the following collections will take place Saturday (unless otherwise noted):

• Cortland Rotary is collecting clothes for the Warren Family Mission and food for the Cortland Area Cares Food Pantry 9 a.m. to noon at the Lakeview bus garage.

• Domestic Sewing Center, 2011 Youngstown Road SE, is collecting blankets and quilts 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Blankets of Love.

• 7-8 Division Flag Football Team Cowboys are collecting monetary donations for former Warren G. Harding basketball player and 2005 graduate Angel Gonzalez, who was affected Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. To find out how to donate, email

• Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave. NW, Warren, is collecting paper products, laundry detergent and personal hygiene items for Trumbull County Children Services. Items can be dropped off at the church office 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

• Susan Helsel is collecting Veterans Day cards to deliver to veterans in nursing homes. Cards can be dropped off at the Veterans Service Commission in Warren anytime this week.

•Healthy Youth Promoting Excellence (HYPE) is collecting items for recent hurricane victims. Items can be dropped off at Deliverance Temple, 1849 West Ave., Warren.

• Michelle Miller is collecting old eyeglasses for the Lions Club; blankets, gloves and hats for the homeless; and books for hospital patients. Items can be dropped off between noon and 3 p.m. at 1090 Meadowbrook Ave. SE, Warren.

• Neighborhood Pride is collecting winter clothing for the needy. Items can be dropped off at the Warren Township Fire Department 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

• Niles Community Services is collecting nonperishable food items for its pantry. Items can be dropped off at the agency, 401 Vienna Ave., Niles, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Northwest Neighborhood Association is collecting nonperishable food items for the Grace United Methodist Church food pantry. Items can be dropped off 10 a.m. to noon at the church, 1725 Drexel Ave. NW.

• Parkman Road Sparkle Market is accepting food donations for the Warren Family Mission through Saturday.

• Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka is collecting food for his annual Families Helping Families Christmas Day dinner. Canned vegetables, turkeys, hams and other holiday meal items can be taken to Aulizio’s Banquet Center on Youngstown Road SE 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Solace of the Valley is accepting donations of pasta, sauce, meatballs, salad fixings, bread, butter, cookies, serving pans, paper plates, napkins and plastic silverware so they can make dinner for rescue workers in Warren, Howland and Bazetta. Call Linda Spies at 330-307-8182 for information.

• Warren G. Harding High School Key Club will collect items for the USO to distribute to local military members deployed overseas. Items can be dropped off during regular school hours through Friday at the high school.