Larry LaRue

Linking volunteers with organizations that need them

A year ago, force of nature and teacher Kathleen Casper put together a Tacoma Makes A Difference Day and pulled more than 40 area volunteer organizations in with her.

The theory was to put all those groups in one place and invite people to show up, ask questions, check them out.

It was a hit – and on Saturday, Oct. 25, the second annual Tacoma Makes A Difference Day will be held at Jason Lee Middle School.

Casper is now in Florida teaching, but the event she pioneered is being promoted now by Parents and Friends of Tacoma Public Schools.

The idea is simplicity itself: Volunteer organizations from Big Brothers and Sisters to Ready, Set Read will have representatives at the school from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering – or taking advantage of the services these programs provide – can stop by and have a one-on-one.

What groups will be there? Let’s start alphabetically:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Broadway Center for Performing Arts, Citizens for a Healthy Bay, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Job Carr Cabin Museum, Hilltop Coalition, Ladies First, Ready Set Read, Sierra Club Tatoosh Group, Tacoma Communities in Schools, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, The Tears Foundation, Write 253, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties and others.

If you’re interested, stop by. All tables will be set up in covered hallways