Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Often stylized as #GivingTuesday, for hashtag activism, the holiday takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is meant to celebrate the joy of generosity and giving. Many Valley organizations use the Giving Tuesday hashtag to bring awareness to their fundraising efforts that go on year round.
“Movements like #GivingTuesday are a goodwill reminder for us as society to give back to those who need it most and to show support for those who help make our communities a better place,” said Christy McClarty of the 100 Club of Arizona, an organization that provides resources to families of public safety officers and firefighters.
With more than 500 nonprofits in Arizona, deciding on an organization to donate to can be overwhelming. From local organizations to larger national organizational efforts, here are a few organizations that need help this #GivingTuesday.
The 100 Club of Arizona was founded in 1968 and serves more than 50,000 public safety officers, firefighters and their families. Programs range from financial support including safety enhancement stipends to help keep officers and firefighters safe on the job, to advisory and moral support for the families of those in fire, public safety or law enforcement who have been injured or killed in the line-of-duty. Contributions to the 100 Club of Arizona allow the organization to flourish and continue to serve those who risk it all every day.
“#GivingTuesday has been successful in helping us get our mission out to people who may not have heard of our organization otherwise,” McClarty said.
The American Lung Association (ALA) is working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The ALA, which is committed to spending $10 million for lung cancer research, focuses on finding methods to prevent and relieve suffering associated with lung cancer.
The American Red Cross serves more than 9.4 million people in the Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso region. With a mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering, the American Red Cross responds to disasters ranging from home fires and floods to power outages every 15 hours. The Greater Phoenix Chapter provides food, clothing and shelter as well as physical health and mental health services to individuals and families across the Valley.
The Crisis Response Network (CRN) is dedicated to helping individuals by inspiring hope through a wide variety of crisis services. CRN provides immediate and confidential help to those who need it most through a variety of call centers, offering support to whatever crisis an individual is facing, including a 24/7/365 crisis line. Since 2007, CRN has expanded to offer peer-run services such as serious mental illness determinations, crisis transportation services, child protective services rapid response and crisis stabilization services, follow-up services, and so much more.
Dress for Success Phoenix is on a mission to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and life. Since the inception of Dress for Success in Phoenix in 2009, the organization has suited up more than 4,000 women. In July 2015, Dress for Success Phoenix launched its Mobile Career Center to reach locations in outlying cities and accomplish its mission to provide a network of support and the career development tools women need to succeed.
U.S. Vets Phoenix provides housing, employment and counseling services to all U.S. veterans. A proactive approach helps U.S. Vets Phoenix find homeless vets and helps alleviate challenges they face as a result of their homelessness and ensure the transition from homelessness to temporary and permanent housing is successful. The services it offers include housing and employment assistance, as well as access to veterans benefits and treatment for mental and physical health problems and substance abuse.
#GivingTuesday not only helps raise money for nonprofit organizations, it also provides organizations with a vehicle to share their mission.
Visit www.givingtuesday.org to learn more about the ideas, examples and toolkits available and how you can participate in the new tradition of generosity.
–written by Alexie Chavez, marketing coordinator.