News Staff Report
Next Tuesday, November 30, is “GivingTuesday,” a special day during which individuals are encouraged to do good things for their neighbors and communities.
The global initiative was started in 2012 and is observed annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It is designed to raise awareness of the many ways in which an individual can participate, from providing financial assistance to various nonprofits, to charitable and humanitarian acts that brighten the day of those often ignored.
GivingTuesday was born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
“Our global network collaborates year-round to inspire generosity around the world, with a common mission to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life,” Giving Tuesday officials said on the organization’s website. “Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give.”
Some of the ways an individual might take part: share kindness with your neighbors; volunteer or share your talents; give your voice to a cause that matters to you; show gratitude to healthcare workers, service providers and other essential workers; spend time with the elderly, or make a financial donation to a favorite cause or a local fundraiser.
For more information on GivingTuesday, visit www.givingtuesday.org.