Thanksgiving is over, and maybe even your holiday shopping, too. But the season for giving is just beginning! Tomorrow marks Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving.
This event, which occurs on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, is fueled by social media and the collaboration between individuals and organizations. For many, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season when many people focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. For the past seven years, since its inaugural year in 2012, this day has become a movement to celebrate philanthropy with charitable giving and resources.
If you want to learn more about this movement, you can visit their website at givingtuesday.org.
Are you wondering how you can give back to your local community? We are so fortunate that NEPA is such a tight-knit community. This means that no matter which local charities or organizations you choose to support, you are helping a neighbor.
Here are some ideas to help you kick off the charitable season and #GivingTuesday:
Is there a local organization you stand behind and want other people to support? Use your voice! Whether it’s taking to social media (don’t forget to tag your posts with #GivingTuesday) or telling your friends, families, or neighbors, spreading awareness makes a huge difference. For instance, you can become an advocate for United Way of Wyoming Valley to create better opportunities for others through unification. You can also help by becoming a voice for organizations such as the Women’s Resource Center.
Besides spreading the word about your favorite charitable organization, you can take some time to help spread around the workload. Whether it’s serving meals at St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, helping Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity build homes, or joining an organization like Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, your time (and elbow grease) can really help make a difference!
Not sure what you can do to help? Reach out to one of your local organizations and see how you can volunteer your time!
A financial donation, no matter the amount, to an organization that means something to you can go a long way. Brandon’s Forever Home is a 501c3 charitable organization in Hazleton that accepts donations to raise awareness about children in foster care. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a non-profit 501(c)3 child advocacy organization in Luzerne County, relies on the community and people like you to aid local abused and neglected foster children.
If you can’t give a monetary donation, you can donate your unwanted clothes or home goods to Goodwill Industries of NEPA or your old towels or cleaning supplies to an animal shelter such as the SPCA of Luzerne County or Blue Chip Farm.
If you’re ready to start #GivingTuesday, we recommend looking into one of the organizations we mentioned above! The #GivingTuesday movement also has a comprehensive list of organizations on their website. You can search for foundations, non-profits, and other organizations in your own local community here.
You can also check out our post on International Day of Charity where we cover some of these local charitable organization more in-depth!
If you participate in the movement, don’t forget to share your stories and tag your posts with #GivingTuesday!
Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. When she’s not spending her days at work writing, reading, and drinking coffee, she’s usually at home reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She also devotes a fair amount of time to HGTV, drawing, and doting on her dog. As a creator, Sarah believes in emphasizing personality through design and DIY projects.