15 ways to participate in GivingTuesday – The Morning Sun
For those with a little extra time or money on/in their hands after the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday provides a perfect opportunity to do just that — give.
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 with the goal of building a world where generosity is a part of everyday life. Ten years later, the concept has grown into a global movement of “radical generosity, ” inspiring hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity year-round. Just last month, the organization received $10 million — its largest grant ever — from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GivingTuesday’s largest financial supporter.
“We are immensely grateful for this generous gift and for the longtime partnership we have with the Expenses & Melinda Gates Basis, ” said GivingTuesday CEO Asha Curran, in a statement. “Each act of generosity, each act of kindness, and each moment where someone gives whatever they can to a neighbor, a cause, or a community takes us one step closer to creating the world that we all want to live in– a just, safe, and equitable world where everyone can thrive. ”
From something as small as exchanging a smile or holding a door open for a stranger to donating some time or money to some local animal shelter or your favorite charity, there are plenty of ways — big and small — to participate in this global generosity movement. Here are fifteen ideas from GivingTuesday. org on how to get started:
1 . Give nourishment
• Create a Little Free Pantry in your community
• Organize a Community Fridge
• Sign up to volunteer at your local food pantry
Creating a Little Free Pantry or even Community Fridge is a great way to encourage neighbors to give what they can and take the actual need. For tips on building and stocking a Little Free Pantry, visit littlefreepantry. org.
2 . Give blood
Donating blood benefits people in local hospitals who need blood transfusions, and each whole blood donation may help as many as three people, according to the Mayo Clinic.
3. Donate to a nonprofit or community organization
Contribute to a nonprofit that’s doing work that aligns with your values. Don’t forget that small community-led organizations need your support, too.
4. Pay it forward
• Pay for the next person’s order at the coffee shop or drive-thru
• Leave a gift card or cash at the gas pump
• Tuck a grocery store gift card and a note in a shopping basket
• Leave a great online review for a business you love
5. Distribute essentials to people experiencing homelessness
Distributing hygiene kits or “Blessing Bags” to people experiencing homelessness in your community can be a literal life-saver for some, especially throughout the colder, harsher months.
• Start with non-perishable snacks and bottled water
• Add bandages, lip balm, plus travel-sized sunscreen
• Include socks, menstrual supplies and hand sanitizer or wipes
• Don’t forget gloves and hand warmers for cold weather
For other ideas on what to pack in a “Blessing Bag, ” visit officialprojectiam. com/take-action .
6. Give voice
• Post about your favorite cause on social media
• Contact your elected officials in support of fair policies and funding for social services
• Text 10 friends and family members to tell them about GivingTuesday
7. Lead a GivingTuesday Community
Unleash generosity in your country, city, or community by organizing a GivingTuesday movement of your own. GivingTuesday Community leaders engage local businesses, nonprofits plus c and inspire their entire community to use their own power of radical generosity to build the world we all want to live in. For more information, visit givingtuesday. org/united-states/bring-radical-generosity-to-your-community.
8. Adopt a family
• Participate in a local Adopt a Family program.
• Organize a Giving Tree for your community: Pair those that want to give, with those that are in need of food or gifts for the holiday season
9. Give kindness
Sometimes a kind word is all you need to start a chain of generosity that lasts throughout the day. Go beyond a “like” and make a point to offer positive feedback, compliments, and gratitude to as many people as you can today.
ten. Help your neighbors
• Help with yard work or other chores for those who are ill, elderly, or even immunocompromised
• Organize a rent relief program or pay someone’s overdue gas bill
• Surprise a new mom with a lasagna or help with caregiving for an hour
• Starting a community project, like a local community garden or public artwork, is a great way to bond with your neighbors
11. Give time
Giving time helps you connect with like-minded people, provides immediate impact and even has a positive effect on our mental health and emotional well-being. You can even volunteer virtually in many cases right from your couch!
Tens of thousands of opportunities are available through VolunteerMatch’s nonprofit network every day. And, with over 1 . 5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States alone, and over 6 million volunteers needed today, there are plenty of good causes to dedicate your time to this year. Visit volunteermatch. org to find a virtual volunteering opportunity.
12. Provide skills
Use your talents for good!
• Teach a dance or even yoga class.
• Use your marketing skills to help a nonprofit.
• Teach your friends how to knit, then give away hats or scarves to the people in need.
For more information on how to donate your own skills, visit givingtalents. org .
13. Help animals
• Donate to shelters and rescues
• Consider adopting or fostering
• Organize a pet grooming event for people going through homelessness
• Drop off a can of tennis balls at your local shelter; instant joy
14. Give back to our Earth
Join Tuesdays4Trash and clean up a corner of your world on GivingTuesday.
• Organize a park or beach clean up
• Commit to using less waste and share with others how you’re going to do it
• Plant a tree on GivingTuesday
15. Give thanks
• Write a letter to somebody who’s helped you.
• Send the thank you note to a teacher, healthcare working, or a mentor.
• Leave a basket of goodies for delivery and postal workers.
For more tips and resources on how to participate in GivingTuesday, visit GivingTuesday. org .