Oct. 22, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Millions of Americans will unite this
Saturday, October 26
, for Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest day of doing good. Sponsored by Gannett's
WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with Points of Light, the nation's largest mobilizer of volunteers, the annual Make A Difference Day inspires millions of Americans to volunteer in service to their neighbors and communities.
Thousands of projects are planned involving corporations, communities, nonprofit organizations, states and individual Americans. Gannett is leading more than 100 volunteer projects across the country. Those projects are funded by
in grants from The Gannett Foundation. Points of Light's HandsOn affiliates are also leading projects across the country.
"The actions that Americans take on Make A Difference Day show that we can all come together for a common purpose – doing good. Gannett's purpose is to serve the greater good in the more than 100 local communities we serve and no one day demonstrates it better than Make A Difference Day. Thousands of Gannett employees will join millions of volunteers across the nation on Saturday to do something good for others. It is incredibly gratifying to see the positive impact that Make A Difference Day has for so many people and causes each year," said
, president and chief executive officer, Gannett Co., Inc.
"Make A Difference Day has become an enduring tradition that brings people together, across differences, to help solve community problems," said
, president of Points of Light. "With projects throughout the country, it's a great opportunity to start volunteering or, if you already volunteer, it's a great time to invite a friend to join you."
The Make A Difference DAYtaBANK at
gathers plans from project leaders across the country detailing how they will help others on
. The interactive database also allows visitors to search for events in their community. Toolkits, a marketing guide and other resources are available to help project planners.
Helping others on Make A Difference Day — and submitting the project for award consideration — makes the effort eligible to receive a
award from Newman's Own, the food company founded by the late actor and philanthropist
. A supporter of Make A Difference Day since 1994, Newman's Own provides
awards to each of the charities of 13 volunteer efforts recognized as Make A Difference Day honorees.
"Nearly 20 years into this and
later, Newman's Own continues to derive inspiration from each initiative and every individual who has the fire in them to make a difference. We are proud to be associated with helping bring about change on so many levels," said
, president and chief operating officer of Newman's Own, Inc.
WEEKEND Magazine will feature the award honorees in an
issue. Awards will be presented at an event in
, that same week. A
All-Star Award funded by the Gannett Foundation will go to a former national honoree who shows continued excellence in volunteerism.
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 100 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people – and the companies who want to reach them – with their interests and communities. For more information, visit
WEEKEND Magazine is a national weekly magazine, distributed through nearly 800 newspapers in
the United States
. It created Make A Difference Day in 1992. Awarded for its journalism and design,
WEEKEND focuses on social issues, entertainment, health, food and travel.
WEEKEND is a Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) publication. For more information, visit
Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. It brings the power of people to bear where it's needed most. For more information, go to
Newman's Own, Inc., founded by
in 1982, offers more than 100 varieties of great tasting, all-natural food and beverage products, including salad dressings, pasta sauces, salsa, frozen pizza, frozen skillet meals, microwave popcorn and refrigerated lemonades. Newman's Own Foundation continues
commitment to donate all profits to charity. More than
has been given to thousands of charities since 1982. Learn more at
. Learn more about our mission at