Hundreds of volunteers unite for 'Make a Difference Day' in Brown Co.

Make a Difference Day volunteers from WPS Saturday, October 28, 2017. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- October 28, 2017 marks the 26th annual Make a Difference Day.

Thousands of volunteer across the country took part in the holiday, including hundreds in Brown County.

Mary Gagnon had leaves raked, weeds pulled out, flowers trimmed and her windows cleaned Saturday morning in Green Bay.

She told FOX 11, "usually I like to do it myself but I'm going downhill, getting old."

Gagnon found volunteers at her door hoping to make life a little easier.

"There's so many people that just can't get out and do the things they like to do anymore," Gagnon said.

Volunteer Center of Brown Co. executive director, Eric Sponholtz assigned nearly 900 volunteers to different projects around the country for Making a Difference Day.

Most volunteers came from businesses and universities.

"The mission here is really clear, improving the lives of others and that's what we're trying to to today."

A hundred homes and about 20 nonprofits in the area asked for help on their property.

Lynn Kroll with Wisconsin Public Service said, "we enjoy helping the elderly or the disable however we can so today we're raking leaves, cleaning windows and trimming back flowers."

Volunteers aren't just doing yard work, they're meeting new people and building relationships.

"Our volunteers requested that we be back at both these homes this year," Kroll said.

Emilee Nissen, a student at St. Norbert College, said normally the school gets 20 to 30 helpers, but that number went up this year.

"It's not just about what's going on in your life. It's important to recognize what's happening everywhere else," Nissen said.

It's making a difference, not only in the lives of those needing help, but also those helping.

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