Hattiesburg, Mississippi – The City of Hattiesburg’s annual celebration of Make a Difference Day encourages neighborhood associations, civic groups, student organizations and more to take on the challenge of hosting or participating in service projects throughout the City. Scheduled for Saturday, November 4, from 8 a.m. until Noon, project hosts and teams will tackle litter pick-up and beautification efforts in all parts of the city.
“Our community thrives because of those who continue to pick up a mantle of service to and for one another. It’s a shared community value,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “Since 2017, we’ve worked to highlight those efforts through a coordinated day of sites and projects with Make a Difference Day. No group or project is too small or too large, and every effort can make an impact.”
All who are interested – in serving as a project captain or plugging in at a site to volunteer – should fill out the form at https://bit.ly/hburgmadd2023. After completing the form, a city representative will contact participants with more details.
For the past seven years, the City of Hattiesburg has hosted a full Saturday of service projects across several different sites to celebrate the annual event. Throughout the years, the day has expanded into a week-long celebration to support employers who want to promote civic engagement. In 2022, more than 300 volunteers gathered to do work across 16 project sites. In 2020 and 2021, the City also hosted opportunities to make a difference through socially distanced activities to aid COVID-19 protocols.