Hattiesburg issues call for “Make a Difference Day”

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Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 12:11 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg is issuing the call for neighborhood associations, civic groups, student organizations and more to host and participate in service projects throughout the Hub City.

Make a Difference Day 2021 is scheduled for Saturday, October 23.

“Make a Difference Day is a Hattiesburg tradition where neighbors from all over participate in clean-ups, beautification efforts at parks or host one-off specialty projects,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “It’s a powerful movement, and we look forward to hosting it again this year.”

The city has hosted the event since 2017, which includes a full Saturday of service projects across several different sites. The day has expanded over the years into a week-long celebration to support employers who are promoting civic engagement.

The city even hosted opportunities to make a difference through socially distanced activities to aid COVID-19 protocols in 2020.

“Understanding that COVID-19 is still in our community, the events hosted this year will be a blend of both traditional and distanced activities,” said Barker.

To sign up, interested participants can visit After completing the form, Betsy Mercier in the Mayor’s Office will contact project captains for more information. Team Captains/Hosts will have a safety meeting on Wednesday, October 20 to receive supplies, assignments and review safety protocol.

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