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Wenatchee Valley Make A Difference Day



We have lots of exciting projects this year! What will you do? A Community Meeting will be held in the Boardroom at Pybus Public Market on Monday, September 18th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.


Millions have participated over the past three decades.
What will YOU do Saturday, October 28, 2023?


Please look at our list of registered projects to plug in to, and/or list your project if you are creating one. All are welcome!


Your donations are a big part of our success. Check here for a list of requested items. Can you donate? All are needed on Make A Difference Day!


Join us for a community meeting at Pybus Public Market’s Boardroom on September 18th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Share details about your project, find volunteers, or volunteer for an existing project.


The Greater Wenatchee Area has been a national leader in Make a Difference Day, earning 9 national awards including top honors for the very first Make A Difference Day in 1992.

About US

Wenatchee Valley Make A Difference Day
is October 28, 2023!!
Always the 4th Saturday in October!

A Celebration of Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Make a Difference Day is an all-encompassing national day of service dedicated to helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. We are a completely non-profit, grassroots effort and YOU are welcome to be a part of it. We are always looking for people to help coordinate this huge community effort.

If you want to join in, or if you have questions about the day, or need help on this website, please contact:


Projects available across the Wenatchee Valley and in North Central Washington

national awards

• Top national honors in 1992 • Top national award in 1993: “Make A Difference Community of the Year” • Honorable Mention in 1994 • “Encore Awards” for repeated outstanding Make a Difference Day efforts in 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2011
* Top National Award in 2017 - $10,0000
--ALSO OF NOTE: Makenna Schwab $10,000 National Winner 2015; and Sarah Strang $10,000 National Winner 2016


Meet the leaders of our community effort




Information and donation hub


MARY HENSON Co-Coordinator 2020, 2021
“There is something so powerful about a community coming together to help each other. Being a part of this project is amazing because to me it is a highlight of what’s at the root of the Wenatchee Valley. This is a place where people roll up their sleeves to make a difference in the lives of others and this event definitely showcases that spirit.”

BARBARA HARRIS Co-Coordinator 2020, 2021
“I absolutely love the idea of having a day where we as a collective community can come together to spread goodwill — whether as a group or individually. Remember, kindness, whether great or small, can make a difference in someone’s day. Thanks in advance for your continued support in spreading kindness throughout our beautiful valley.”

We can be proud of our Make A Difference Day history, but we appreciate more the effects of the annual effort. It is remarkable, and very, very good.
Editorial Board,
The Wenatchee World

At just 12 years old, Makenna Schwab is no stranger to Make A Difference Day projects.

This year’s toy drive marked her fourth such fundraiser for Seattle Children’s Hospital, a cause that’s dear to her and vital to her own story.

“Our community is so awesome,” Makenna says. “I’m a 12-year-old girl, and they came behind me and wanted to support my project.”


Our well-established tradition of “see a need, do a good deed” on the fourth Saturday of October is grass-roots, straight-from-the-heart giving, and it reaches into nearly corner of our community. Each project has a wonderful story behind it.

Laurel Helton

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