Employees of AvalonBay
Communities, Inc., and residents of its developments will volunteer in a variety of projects as part of USA Weekend magazine's Make A Difference Day.

The day of volunteerism is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of October. The event was created in 1992 and is now the largest community service effort in the nation. Each year, about 3 million people participate by volunteering for a good cause.

“AvalonBay is the first apartment developer and owner to make such a significant commitment to Make A Difference Day,” said Marcia Bullard, president and CEO of USA Weekend magazine.

AvalonBay anticipates a large level of participation across the country. Residents will decide on volunteer projects to organize or participate in for one day in their area.

Ad Urges Lawmakers to Stop Being So Obsessed


The National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) have created an ad urging lawmakers to “drop the obsession with homeownership.” NMHC/ NAA are running the ad in publications targeting Congress.

“NMHC/NAA and others have been warning as far back as 2004 that the nation would likely pay a high price for its ”˜homeownership at any cost' housing policy,” said NMHC/NAA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jim Arbury. “We will continue to make the case that America needs a more balanced housing policy that encourages a vibrant rental market along with a healthy ownership market.”