Now that we've camped out all night out for a tablet on Black Friday, supported entrepreneurs on Small Business Saturday and set the internet aflame on Cyber Monday, United Way swoops in and trump all three with Giving Tuesday.
If you hadn't heard about Giving Tuesday until now? Don't feel bad, you aren't alone. Be Purposeful: Join Me On Giving Tuesday, written by Ruth Curran, was the first I heard of it.
*waves 'Hi, Ruth!*
And, if you're thinking, Dang it! I wish I'd known earlier, I would have participated.
You're in luck again. While Giving Tuesday is about donating and volunteering today, it's even more about remembering to donate, volunteer and help your community consistently.
This snippet, from Bloomberg Businessweek November 18th - January 2nd edition, says it best:
"United Way has taken a leadership role in encouraging people to give in numerous ways at unitedway.com/GivingTuesday: to pledge money, raise their voice and volunteer their time - not merely as an act of charity, but rather as an integral part of a lasting solution for their own community. Participants in #GivingTuesday will be connected to a number of opportunities to improve educations, income and health."
If, like me, you can't run down to your local favorite charity and donate time, consider donating online. If you don't have a favorite charity as of yet, United Way makes it super easy to donate through their site and the dollar amounts range from $5 - $100.
Yep, I know! There's something to fit every budget.
I donated to The Atlanta Mission whose tagline is Ending Homelessness. I've volunteered at My Sister's House, a branch of The Atlanta Mission, in the past and I love, love, love what they are doing to help homeless women, mothers and their children.
It's positive and faith-based and more than anything it's a supportive community. A recipe for success.
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