Several years ago, residents and staff from our Supportive Living Program made the noble decision to trade in their holiday party in favor of an annual day of helping others in need, known as “Make a Difference Day” (inspired by USA Weekend’s national day of helping others). Over the years, they’ve served food to the homeless at shelters and soup kitchens in Atlantic City; made crafts and sang carols to nursing home residents; cleaned cages and spent time with abandoned pets at an animal shelter; groomed horses at a therapeutic riding center; and so much more. Some of these experiences lead to long-term volunteer opportunities, like the monthly volunteer project Arc clients now host at The Heritage Assisted Living center in Hammonton. For a group of people who are more familiar with being on the receiving end of assistance, this day of giving is immensely powerful, as you’ll see in this video from this year’s Make a Difference Day, held on December 7. We hope you enjoy, and please leave a comment below if you’re inspired! To view our Facebook album featuring photos from some of the locations, click here. If you’d like to learn more about this event, please contact Beth Ann Spiegel at 609-485-0800 ext. 136.