Tracy Talks: Time to make a difference
by Anne Marie Fuller
Oct 11, 2013 | 2871 views | 4 4 comments | 140 140 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Oct. 1, at the City Council meeting, Mayor Brent Ives proclaimed Oct. 26, 2013, as Make A Difference Day throughout Tracy and encouraged the local community to get involved.

Nationally, Make a Difference Day falls on the fourth Saturday in October each year and is branded as the largest national day of community service. Brian Pekari is the local coordinator.

“I think having our mayor do this proclamation shows that the city endorses the efforts of the volunteers to get involved and give back to the local community,” Pekari said. “No matter a person’s political party, religious belief, ethic background or economic status, we can all unite to work together to make a difference.”

USA Weekend Magazine and Points of Light have joined together for two decades to promote this day of service, during which millions of volunteers around the world come together to help with community projects.

Locally, there are two different components to Make A Difference Day — the day of service and the ongoing service projects happening now through the end of November. Groups, individuals and organizations are taking on projects that help causes and nonprofits. Last year, more than 5,000 volunteers came together during the two-month period, helping 27 causes and completing 67 projects.

On Oct. 26, Make A Difference Day will kick off at 8 a.m. at B and 10th streets next to the downtown farmers market. Residents are encouraged to go downtown and get involved through project assignments. Park cleanup, recycling and gathering donations for people in need are among the tasks to be done that day.

The day’s events are scheduled to last until about 1 p.m., featuring local dancers, singers and other performers.

This is not just an adult collaboration; many of the youth get involved for community service hours and to help in some way. Tracy resident Laura Johnston, staff adviser for the Youth Advisory Commission, helps coordinate the efforts of local teenagers.

“This is a great opportunity for the youth to get involved in something that is bigger then themselves,” Johnston explained. “It’s about the process and the work, along with the preparation needed to do this event.”

The theme this year is “compassion, collaboration, community.”

For more information, visit the Facebook page for Tracy United To Make A Difference or

• Anne Marie Fuller, a Tracy arts commissioner, Mrs. California BOTN and National Mrs. BOTN., is also the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26 at 7 p.m. Fridays. Contact her at

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October 28, 2013
Tell me when Good King Ives proclaims it "Make a Sandwich Day", I'll get involved.
October 20, 2013
Join in on Project Clean-Up Edgewood for Make a Difference Day next Saturday, October 26th! We need volunteers to meet at any of 3 parks in south Tracy to pick up trash at the parks and surrounding walkways from 9-10am. Meet at either Don Cose Park on Whirlaway Lane, Bill Schwartz Park off Corral Hollow and Peony, or William Adams Park at the corner of Whispering Wind and English Oaks. Garbage bags, dumpsters and gloves will be provided - a great opportunity to serve the community for the whole family!
October 18, 2013
On Saturday, October 26, it's an opportunity for people in our community to be a part of a movement where millions globally will be making a difference. We, as citizens of Tracy, will be collaborating and working together to do our part. "Come One, Come all, Let's Make A Difference"
October 17, 2013
Or...donate your free time to doomed causes.

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