Give back on December 1
Giving Tuesday is a movement that celebrates and supports giving by encouraging people to think about what they can do for others as the holiday season begins. It’s no coincidence that it falls on the first Tuesday after American Thanksgiving, and just a few days after Black Friday, a day of rather conspicuous consumption in the United States.
According to the movement’s website, Giving Tuesday “harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.”1
The Giving Tuesday movement is working. In just four years it has encouraged 30,000+ partners (nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals) in 68 countries around the world to help make a real difference on December 1. An estimated 470% increase in online donations on the Tuesday after American Thanksgiving since 2012 proves that they must be doing something right!2
The holidays can be a challenging time for some people, and extra money isn’t always easy to find during a season geared towards purchasing presents and food for family celebrations. But there’s always something you can give, even if it’s the gift of your time.
Here are some simple and free ways that you and your family can make a difference on December 1:
- Call or visit a senior who is isolated and may not able to get out very often. Your attention and friendship will mean the world to them, especially during the holidays, which can be a very lonely time for those with little or no immediate family.
- Offer to run an errand for a busy mom, or take her kids off her hands for a few hours so she can enjoy some much needed “me time”.
- Volunteer at your child or grandchild’s school. Teachers are stretched thin and many appreciate an extra pair of hands in the classroom.
- Mentor a young student or graduate who may be interested in your field or industry. Check with your high school alumni association to see if they have any mentoring programs or other volunteer opportunities that might interest you.
- Organize a used clothing drive or food drive for a local women’s shelter or homeless shelter.
- Teach someone a skill you have mastered. If you’re a fantastic baker or an expert knitter, offer to share your knowledge with someone who is interested in learning what you know.
Foresters can help
Don’t forget that as a Foresters member, we can help you help others on December 1st and all year long! Foresters Community Grants allow members to plan local activities for their families and other Foresters members, creating exciting volunteer opportunities and family activities. Foresters provides the funding as well as tools and resources to help make your event a success.
If you are not yet ready to plan your own activity, you can still come out to volunteer at the thousands of Foresters community activities organized each year in support of various charitable partners. These events allow members like you to make a meaningful and lasting impact in their own communities. Visit MyForesters.com for more information.
We’d love to hear how you’re giving back and making a difference in your community. Share your activity experience with us on Facebook at facebook.com/foresters.
The world is a kinder, gentler place when we make a conscious effort to stop what we’re doing for ourselves every once in a while, and look to see what we can do for others. Giving Tuesday is the perfect day to do just that.
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