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National Program Helps Thousands of People around the US

October 28, 2013

[JEFFERSONVILLE] – As part of a new initiative, a Sullivan County resident received assistance through “Make A Difference Day,” the largest national day of community service in the U.S., recognized annually on October 26th.  The effort was coordinated through the Sullivan County Office for the Aging, in collaboration with Sullivan Renaissance and SUNY Sullivan.

Locally, volunteers from three organizations joined together in Jeffersonville on Friday, October 25 to help a woman with limited mobility tend her garden.  Volunteers spent two hours assisting with general clean up of a kitchen herb garden and preparing the beds for fall – weeding, trimming, mulching and tidying.  The homeowner, formerly a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, has been unable maintain the multiple beds on her property.

Volunteers included staff and students from the SUNY Sullivan Honors Program, as well as members of the Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Corps and staff. 

“This was a wonderful opportunity for individuals of various ages and backgrounds to come together and make a difference in the life of a fellow community member,’ said Sullivan Renaissance Volunteer Coordinator Cara Kowalski, “This was a pilot project that we hope will grow to provide necessary hands-on assistance for many Sullivan County neighbors in the future.” 

For more than 20 years, USA Weekend Magazine and Points of Light Foundation have joined together to sponsor “Make A Difference Day.”  Thousands of projects are planned each year involving corporations, communities, nonprofit organizations, entire states and individuals.  In all, millions of volunteers from around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.

For more information about how to get involved locally, contact Sullivan Renaissance at or 845-295-2445.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Country Yossi Productions, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Large Media, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.