Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula will come together for the first Make a Difference Day on Oct. 26. The community service campaign will be part of the international event, and its mission is to bring millions of Americans together on the same day.
“Make a Difference Day encourages communities to come together to make a difference,” said co-founder Julie Ann Gustanski of the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. “It’s a day to demonstrate that our small community can make a big difference.”
The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is working with leaders from the Key Peninsula Community Council, the Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH Food Bank, Harbor WildWatch, YMCA, Key Peninsula Civic Center, Mustard Seed Project, the Basket Brigade and more.
“Gig Harbor is a strong, vibrant community,” Gustanski said. “We’ve created a fantastic day, allowing our community to come together to do some great things.”
The GGHF is the conduit for service organizations to put their time, information, money and collections together in one spot. Open Day will be for individuals, families and organizations to bring donations and get information at the MDD headquarters in the WestSide Business Center, 3214 50th St. Court NW, Suite 104, adjacent to the Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center.
Red and white banners, balloons and signs will lead people to the dropoff site. Booths will be set up by GGHF and other service organizations to show the grassroots effort that’s being made in our area to help those in need, Gustanski said.
Individuals, families and groups can drop off groceries, gifts, school supplies, winter clothing or fruits and vegetables from their gardens, or make monetary donations.
Opportunities to volunteer time and services — pro bono legal services, transportation, housing and youth projects — will be available.
“We are going to highlight all the organizations who work throughout the year to make a difference at the dropoff center,” Gustanski said. “The holidays are coming up, and it’s important families know this is a community that cares.”
Families also can get information about how to receive food or other services, if their family is in need.
With 50,000 people living in our surrounding communities, the act of giving groceries would help, Gustanski said.
“We are registered for the national event, and there is a check available for $10,000 going to charity for the group that does significant work,” Gustanski said.
“I believe that our GHKP Make a Difference Day will both help bring awareness and truly make a difference to serving the needs in our community,” co-chair Irene Torres said.
KGHP-FM radio station manager Spencer Abersold will broadcast live. CenturyLink has sponsored a phone bank telethon from 3 to 6 p.m. to share results.
For more information, to sign up as a volunteer or apply for a booth, call 253-514-6338 or email info@gigharbor foundation.org.