(WZZM) - Volunteers around the country are gearing up to make a meaningful difference in their communities this weekend.
Saturday is national Make a Difference Day. What it means is roughly three million people in the country are going to roll up their sleeves and get to work helping people and organizations that are their neighbors.
Make a Difference Day was founded in 1992, by our parent company Gannett and USA TODAY Weekend magazine.
Over the past two decades, it has grown to become the nation's largest day of volunteering and community service.
There are several projects going on in West Michigan,everything from building and cleaning up parks to feeding the hungry.
This year the WZZM 13 team and families are partnering with Kids' Food Basket. The organization sends thousands of sack suppers home to children in need everyday so they are not going to bed hungry.
"And the idea is to not only create a band of volunteers within our workplace, but also to mobilize the community," said Catherine Behrendt, local programming and community manager at WZZM 13. "In doing meaningful volunteer work. And really discovering the joy that comes from doing that kind of work and the meaningful impact you can have on a community. It is unbelievable what you can do when people put in a little time."
If you are interested in volunteering, but haven't joined a particular project, there is still time.
You can find a Make a Difference Day project in your area by downloading anapp on most smartphones. Just punch in your zip code and choose from the list of projects.
You can also log onto the Make a Difference Daywebsite to do the same thing.