United Charities offers local incentive for Make a Difference Day

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Ohio Valley United Charities, Inc., challenges the youth of Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen and Trimble counties to compete for up to $3,000 in cash awards for service projects to their respective communities in conjunction with “Make A Difference Day” Saturday, Oct. 26.

For more than 20 years, USA Weekend and “Points of Light” have co-sponsored a national day of community service, set this year for Oct. 26.  Millions of volunteers from around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others with a local project held on that day.  Projects have ranged from beautification efforts, to helping the elderly, to food drives for a local food bank. 

“The Ohio Valley United Charities wants to give the youth of the counties in which we serve the chance to participate in Make A Difference Day and to reward them for their efforts,” OVUC Treasurer Ruth H. Baxter said. “This year we are awarding $500 to the best project in each of our five counties we serve, and then a $500 award to the best overall project from all five counties.  So, the winning project could receive $1,000.”

 “It is important to inspire and recognize the valuable work of volunteers,” OVUC President Jama Snyder said. “We work throughout the year to fund charities that utilize volunteers to help others.  We’d like the youth of our five county service area to understand they need to ‘give back’ and that Make A Difference Day will be an opportunity to help those less fortunate.  This also presents an opportunity for a fund-raising event for a school club or church youth group.”

To register to compete  for the cash awards, individuals up to the age of 21, groups or organizations of youth up to the age of 21, should submit a letter to Ohio Valley United Charities explaining the project in detail, the location where the project will take place, and the number of people who will benefit by the project. The name, telephone number and email address of the individual responsible for the project should be included in the letter.  To be eligible for the award, registration letters must be received by noon on Friday, Oct. 19. Either mail the letter to OVUC, P.O. Box 528, Carrollton, Ky. 41008; fax to (502) 732-6920; or deliver the letter to Baxter’s office at 523 Highland Ave., Carrollton. 

Representatives from OVUC will attend the events for the registered projects and judge the level of participation of the volunteers, the number of people who benefit from the project, and the accomplishments of the project before awarding the cash prizes.

For additional information about the project, contact Baxter at (502) 732-6688 or by email at cbjruthbaxter@aol.com.