FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2023
(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Tom Kress, Chris Boice, and Tim Freeman issued a proclamation today at the Weekly Business Meeting calling upon all citizens of Douglas County to observe the month of October as the National Month of Community Service and Make a Difference Day, which is celebrated every year on the fourth Saturday of October. The proclamation was presented by Commissioner Boice, on behalf of the Board and acknowledged that “As a county, we share in the desire to promote civility, kindness, and respect for all people, and to unitedly act on that desire by meaningfully serving others and rekindle our volunteer spirit.” A copy of the video presentation can be found on the Douglas County Government Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCountyeGovernment.
The Commissioners honored the work being done by our local Make a Difference Day campaign committee, their community partners and project sites. Make a Difference Day – Douglas County will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2023, and marks the second annual day of service in Douglas County. Since 1992, Make A Difference Day has been recognized in October as a national holiday dedicated to volunteering. It is the largest National Day of Community service in the United States and is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. In Douglas County, several non-profit organizations, area businesses, and faith-based community groups have come together with the hope of revitalizing the spirit of volunteerism in Douglas County. This year they have secured 15 project sites with over 100 volunteers signed up to serve.
Commissioner Boice presented Make a Difference Day proclamation certificates to the Make a Difference Day – Douglas County Committee Chair, Tim Juett and Committee Spokesperson, Jennifer Coalwell, as well as attending planning committee members, service groups, support agencies and project location site representatives.
Planning Committee Members in attendance: Tim Juett / Make a Difference Day – Douglas County Committee Chair; Jennifer Coalwell / JustServe.org and MDD-DC Spokesperson; Chelsea Duncan / Roseburg School District; Jim Wilson / Sunrise Enterprises; Mike Schofield / FISH Food Pantry of Roseburg; Erik Wood and Julia Anselmo / AmeriCorps & Umpqua Community Action Network (UCAN); Billy Maddox / Kiwanis Club of Roseburg; Kaylin Lister / Girl Scouts of OR & WA and Ken Madison / Community Member.
Service Groups & Support Agencies in attendance: AmeriCorps/UCAN; Girls of Scouts Oregon & SW Washington / Service Unit 61 (Kaylin Lister, Lenae Lister, Harper Lister, Ilian Lister); JustServe.Org; Kiwanis Club of Roseburg and Roseburg School District (Jared Cordon).
Project Locations for 2023: Fullerton IV Elementary, Green Elementary, Glide Elementary, Phoenix Charter School, South Umpqua High School, The Fish of Roseburg, Sunrise Enterprises, Roseburg VA (Traci Palmer and Nikol Hansen), First Presbyterian Church, HIV Alliance, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Family Search Center, Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center and two undisclosed private locations. Additional agencies involved with Make a Difference Day – Douglas County, but not present are: Thrive Umpqua, Salvation Army & Greater Douglas United Way.
“So, it was Tim Juett that came to me last year and brought this national movement to my attention. He had decided that he wanted to organize something locally. I am grateful for that, and we have a great spirit of volunteerism in the county anyway. A lot of the work that gets done through county government gets done with the help of volunteers. We have seniors feeding seniors every week for example. This project is just the icing on the cake! It gives people the opportunity to get specific projects done and other folks who may not be volunteering on a regular basis the opportunity to get involved once a year and make a difference,” commented Commissioner Boice.
Make a Difference Day – Douglas County is still in need of volunteers for October 28, 2023! The Commissioners invite our residents to sign up and join the cause as they celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and making improvements in our county. For more information or to sign up to volunteer check out their website at: https://makeadifferenceday.org/. You can also find more information on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083394325135 or call or email: (541) 492-3523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I just wanted to say many thanks to everybody including the Commissioners and the County for supporting this effort. We are looking forward to spreading this throughout Douglas County in the coming years and we hope we are able to do that. I am just one drop in the bucket and maybe it was my idea, but oh man there are so many people behind this effort it is really, really wonderful to see. Thank you to everyone that is on the committee and to everyone who is participating in the community and providing projects. We look forward to doing this for many years to come,” commented Tim Juett, Make a Difference Day – Douglas County, Committee Chair.
The proclamation presented today is a reminder and encouragement for our residents to volunteer in our community, not just on this day, but every day.
Media Contact: Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist,
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Proclamation and Photo Collage Attached. © K Trenkle/Douglas County. Individual pictures available upon request.