This is Make a Difference Week. From now through Sunday, Westporters are asked to volunteer — somewhere, some time, somehow — to (duh) make a difference in their neighborhood, their town, their whatever.
The number of organizations needing help is boundless. If you don’t know where to turn, check out the Make a Difference, Westport website. Two special projects are listed for Saturday (Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-noon at the Senior Center): creating hygiene bags for Norwalk Community Shelter clients, and creating comfort bags for battered and abused women at the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.
Worthy ideas, for sure. But you don’t have to be part of a formal network to make a difference.
Anyone in town can:
- Clean up. The beach, Longshore, Wakeman, downtown — pick your favorite part of Westport, grab some gloves and Hefty bags, and get to work.
- Speak up. Tired of hearing bullying, misogynistic, homophobic or other offensive comments from a co-worker, acquaintance or your kid? Say something!
- Take care of a neighbor. Offer to take an elderly woman shopping. Clean up that brush that the couple next door never got to. Introduce yourself to the family that moved in over the summer.
- Say something nice. Thank a town official for going out of his or her way to solve a problem. Email a teacher who helped you or your kid — yesterday, last week, or a year or 10 ago. Compliment your child or partner for something you never mentioned before.
You don’t have to do everything on this list. You don’t have to do it all at once. You don’t even have to do it this week.
But give it a shot some time. You’ll do much more than make a difference in someone else’s life.
You’ll make a difference in yours, too.