The Outdoor Foundation Announces Make a Difference Day Grant Program

USA Weekend Magazine and The Outdoor Foundation announced today a new charitable grant program tied to the annual Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of volunteer service.

Award Given in Recognition of a Project that Gets Youth Outdoors, Active and Healthy

USA Weekend Magazine and The Outdoor Foundation announced today a new charitable grant program tied to the annual Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of volunteer service. The award aims to encourage and reward those projects that successfully get youth out-of-doors and active. The partners will give a $1,500 donation to one volunteer's chosen charity in recognition of a project that inspires kids to take part in outdoor activities, gets them to connect with nature or teaches them the health benefits of being outside.

“We are thrilled to partner with USA Weekend Magazine on this terrific program that will hopefully inspire millions to participate in a Make A Difference Day project that is focused on getting youth outdoors, active and healthy,” said Christine Fanning, executive director of The Outdoor Foundation. “This is a great opportunity for young people to discover, explore and experience the wonders of the great outdoors.”

To be considered and counted among the millions of volunteers, visit http://www.usaweekend.com and the Make A Difference Day section of the website. Interested individuals should fill out an entry form after completing the Make A Difference Day project and share how the volunteer experience connected youth with the outdoors. Entries must be submitted by November 17, 2008. The selected project will be spotlighted in a 2009 April edition of USA Weekend, coinciding with National Volunteer week.

Individuals may include photos and other materials that help tell the story. Materials can't be returned and may be used in promotions or editorial. Participating volunteers will receive confirmation of the project entry in February 2009. For more information and complete rules, visit http://www.usaweekend.com/diffday/aboutmadd.html

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA Weekend Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. The next event is Saturday, October 25, 2008. Millions have participated. In 2007, 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns -- helping more than 20 million people.

The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. The Foundation introduces youth to outdoor recreation through nationwide youth programming and produces groundbreaking research that quantifies the extent and quality of participation in outdoor recreation as well as its economic impact on the U.S. For more information visit http://www.outdoorfoundation.org

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