Make A Difference Day approaches

In just about two weeks, volunteers from all over Trumbull County will head out — clippers in their canvas-gloved hands and armed with shovels, trash bags and paint brushes — for the 15th annual Trumbull County Make A Difference Day.

This year’s day of doing good deeds for our community will be Oct 28, and is again being sponsored by the Tribune Chronicle. The traditional free picnic for all the volunteers and participants will follow at the Warren Community Amphitheatre in late morning and early afternoon.

Dozens of projects have been registered and will receive some well-deserved recognition when we report on the projects with words and photos in the newspaper.

It’s been 15 years since this day of doing good first took the area by storm by bringing together upwards of a thousand volunteers each year who give their time, talents and, well, sweat, to help make the world a better place.

Even all these years later, volunteers still are finding ways to bring new energy with unique projects that are bigger, better and more far-reaching.

North-Mar Church alone expects to have more than 250 people assisting in more than 15 planned projects that range from giving blood to giving away a home they are helping to renovate and improve for a needy family.

All around Trumbull County, other groups, scouts, families and individuals visit shut-ins, make blankets for our senior citizens, gather non-perishable food items for the needy, hang American flags in public places, collect items for our deployed veterans, plant bulbs, paint, clean up yards and just generally beautify the neighborhoods, and so much more.

We know these droves of local residents don’t turn out on what is usually a brisk Saturday morning in late October just to get their names or photos in the newspaper. Certainly, they do it because their friends and neighbors need a helping hand, and it’s just the right thing to do.

Still, though, we know all these folks deserve a pat on the back and a thank you.

Additionally, we like to tell our readers in advance where the projects will be under way and if projects exist that still need volunteer help.

That’s why we ask volunteers to register their projects with the Tribune Chronicle in advance and no later than this Friday.

Project registration forms are available in the Tribune Chronicle or can be picked up at the newspaper’s office, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren. Contact Sue Shafer, community events coordinator, at 330-841-1696 or for more information.

The projects are incredible, but what’s even more incredible is the amount of time and hard work being donated.