The American Sound Celebrates Community Service Saturday at 6 pm

Saturday in the United States is Make a Difference Day(Photo: Flickr)
Saturday in the United States is Make a Difference Day(Photo: Flickr)

In his autobiography Up from Slavery, the great American educator Booker T. Washington famously wrote, “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

If Washington was correct, then there will likely be lots of very happy people in America this Saturday.

Saturday in the United States is Make a Difference Day, established more than two decades ago by USA Weekend Magazine and Points of Light to encourage Americans to get out, volunteer and make a difference for their communities.

Chalking up thousands of volunteer hours on a single day each year, Make a Difference Day only bolsters America’s already strong tradition of volunteerism and community service. According to the United States Department of Labor’s  Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 64.5 million people in the U.S. volunteered some 64,513 hours during 2012 – that’s more than seven years’ worth of hours of volunteer work all packed into a single year. Additionally, according to the 2012 Volunteering and Civic Life in America Fact Sheet, about two-thirds of people in America serve their communities by doing favors or their friends and neighbors.

That’s making a difference.

Saturday on The American Sound, we’ll celebrate America’s great tradition of volunteering and community service with a classic performance of ”Make Our Garden Grow,” from Leonard Bernstein’s dazzling music for Candide. We’ll also visit the best of all possible places for autumn leaf peeping with William Schuman’s New England Triptych. And it’s a good, old-fashioned sing-along with Morton Gould’s American Ballads.

Join me for The American Sound, Saturday at 6 pm Classical 101!

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