Ridgefield Make A Difference Month

Saturday, November 6th – Saturday, December 4th

Participate in our second annual Make A Difference Month! Each week, beginning with Ridgefield First Saturday on Saturday, November 6th, will have its own theme, activities, and challenges. Complete all the challenges to receive a “I Made A Difference” certificate and thank you card from Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose. All activities and content will be found on this webpage.

The Make A Difference Month Challenge

There are 4 weeks of Make A Difference Month, and each week has its own theme and challenges. Each Challenge you complete will earn you 1 Raffle ticket for a one-of-a-kind Ridgefield swag basket. Complete at least one weekly challenge for each of the 4 weeks to receive an “I Made A Difference” certificate, a thank you card from Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose, and 1 additional Raffle ticket (Max. 9). 

2021 Challenge Tracker Coming Soon

Submit your Challenge Tracker by Thursday, December 9th to be entered in the Raffle. The Raffle winner will be drawn and contacted on Friday, December 10th. 

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Make A Difference Month Kick-Off: Community Service Day

Join us in kicking off a month of making a difference at Abrams Park on Saturday, November 6th with a Community Service Day!  

You are invited to participate in any of these volunteer projects. Check in at Bennett Hall at Abrams Park to sign waivers and get directions. Save time by completing Volunteer Registration before you arrive! After you are finished, come back to a heated Bennett Hall for a free volunteers pizza lunch from 12PM-1PM. Please dress for the weather and bring work gloves.

  • 9AM-12PM Abrams Park Nature Play Area: Join us for Phase 2 of building the Abrams Park Nature Play Area on Saturday, November 6th from 9AM-12PM. Volunteers ages 7+ are invited to join in and help continue the build of this new play area. 
  • 9AM-12PM Abrams Park General Projects: Help out with various projects around Abrams Park.
  • 10AM-12PM Ridgefield Main Street: Help Ridgefield Main Street beautify Downtown Ridgefield by re-planting their flower pots.

Kids crafts and activities, including the Columbia Play Project, representatives from local non-profits, and vendors will be at Abrams Park from 9AM-2PM.

Share your Community Service Day photos with us on Facebook and Instagram with #RidgefieldCares

Make A Difference Month Events

We will gather information below on additional community events taking place during Make A Difference month that support its purpose – check back in November.

Weekly Themes

Week 1 (Nov. 6-12): Stewardship

Stewardship is the act of taking responsibility for the well-being of the environment and your community and taking action to restore or protect that well-being. When we actively engage in Stewardship activities that benefit our trails & parks, community, and environment, we connect with neighbors, spread community ownership and pride, preserve natural resources, and help our town and businesses thrive.

Stewardship week challenges and activities coming soon.

Week 2 (Nov. 13-19): Small Acts of Kindness

Our daily lives can get busy and fly by, but at the end of the day what we tend to remember most are the little things: someone paid it forward in the coffee line, receiving an unexpected text from a friend, the person who let us skip ahead in line at the grocery store.

These small acts of kindness add up quickly. Kindness promotes gratitude, empathy, and compassion toward others and can have a positive impact on our own health and well-being.

Small Acts of Kindness week challenges and activities coming soon.

Week 3 (Nov. 20-26): Gratitude

Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what we receive, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, we acknowledge the goodness in our lives. In the process, we recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside ourselves. As a result, gratitude connects us to something larger than ourselves – to our families, friends, and community.

Think about how to take that inward reflection of gratitude and extend it to your community. How can Gratitude make a difference?

Gratitude week challenges and activities coming soon.

Watch the 2020 Gratitude Community Compilation video!

Week 4 (Nov. 27-Dec. 3): Community

You have made a great start following along with us through Make A Difference Month. For our final week, we want to highlight how you can keep the ball rolling by staying connected to our Ridgefield community. Community involvement is important because the health of your community directly affects you. When you support and connect to your community you can take pride and ownership of its successes. We like to think of Ridgefield as one big community, but it also helps to think small.

Connect with and support your neighbors, colleagues, and classmates to Make A Difference you can see.

Community week challenges and activities coming soon.

Community Welcome

Have you noticed a new neighbor in your area? Welcome them to our community with a simple card on their doorstep. Share your favorite park, restaurant, or trail. Invite them to check out a community organization you are involved in or share a piece of community tradition or history.

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