Make a Difference Day puts Socorro to work this weekend

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Residents from Socorro County have an opportunity to make a difference in their community this Saturday. Join fellow Socorroans for Make a Difference Day, volunteering to help improve the community through various projects.

On Saturday millions of volunteers all around the United States will unite to improve the lives of others in their communities through Make a Difference Day. This is a national day of volunteerism, considered the nation's largest single day of volunteering.

Three projects have been selected for improvements in Socorro on Oct. 26: the Socorro County Senior Center — landscaping and grounds work needs to be done and volunteers are requested to bring yard and garden tools; Puerto Seguro shelter — grounds work and light construction are needed, including setting charcoal grills in concrete; constructing a hand-washing station; and collecting nonperishable foods at stations in Smith's, John Brooks and Walmart for the Socorro Storehouse food pantry. The Socorro Boy Scout Troop has signed up to collect food at the three supermarkets, but further help may be needed.

The event is seeking groups as well as individual volunteers — families are welcome.

Especially needed are one or two volunteers with sign painting experience and at least one skilled carpenter as well as volunteers with yard and gardening tools. All volunteers should come in warm work clothing, and bring tools if you are able. Anyone interested in helping, can contact one of the organizers, listed below, as soon as possible. This will help them better organize and prepare for the day's activities.

The volunteer projects will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Volunteers will meet at the senior center, just east of Sedillo Park, at 8 a.m., and will be assigned to a location from there. Anyone interested in helping can call Valerie Moore at 505-264-3072, Peter Romero at 575-418-7656 or Della Vega 575-418-8145 for further information.

Nonperishable food items for the Socorro Storehouse can also be dropped off to the Chamber of Commerce between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by Saturday.