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Make a Difference Day is Oct. 28: 4 Ways You Can Help

Make A Difference Day is one of the largest days for volunteer service in the US. On the fourth Saturday in October, thousands of individuals unite with one shared goal: to support their local communities and help through a variety of local projects.

Popular Community Bank is proud to participate in Make a Difference Day. We’re mobilizing volunteers and celebrating the power of people making a difference together.

We believe in the strength of our communities and invite you to join us to make a difference this year.

Four easy things you can do to support Make a Difference Day this year include:

1. Donate and help recent victims of hurricanes

Following recent hurricanes, Puerto Rico is on a difficult journey to recovery. Whether you’re able to donate $5 or $5,000, every donation counts. Donations go directly to those who need it most. Donate now to the organization of your choice:

You can also donate to the Popular Community Bank Foundation, and your donation will be granted to the non-profit organizations that Popular Community Bank supports in Puerto Rico.

2. Give your time to a meaningful cause

A little time can go a long way in helping those in need. If you prefer to volunteer with children, adults, the elderly, animals, or behind the scenes in a soup kitchen, you can find the right volunteer work for you. Start with an internet search around volunteering opportunities near you. Filter your search based on your interest level, availability and anything else that matters as you choose the opportunity you want to move forward with. Once you’ve found your cause and coordinated your time, you can simply show up and start making a difference.

3. Give a blood donation

According to the Red Cross, approximately every two seconds someone in the US needs blood. Donating blood can be a fast, easy, and cost-free way to give back. If you’re one of the 37% of Americans eligible to donate, your blood can truly make a difference in saving someone’s life. Sometimes people need specific platelets that only some donors have, so your blood could be amongst the only blood that could save that person. You could be someone’s superhero!

4. Bring a box of gently used toys and/or clothes to a local shelter or children’s hospital

By searching for items to donate, you can reduce clutter while contributing to the greater good. You may just find you feel great doing so – organizing and reduction of clutter are proven to have positive psychological effects. It’s a win-win for all.

We hope you find this list useful and that you can join us in giving back this Make a Difference Day. Even if you can’t make it this year, you can always keep these suggestions in mind for future volunteering.

To learn more about Popular Community Bank’s philanthropic efforts, please visit: https://www.popularcommunitybank.com/about-us/in-the-community/popular-community-bank-foundation