Help Your Community Shine
On November 27, United Way of Central Maryland and many of its local funded partners will join #Giving Tuesday™–a national effort that will launch the giving season and that is transforming philanthropy into something easy, achievable and trendy.
We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and how those two days continue to grow every year. For the first time this year, more than 400 nonprofits across the nation are committed to making #Giving Tuesday as big for charitable organizations as its older siblings–Black Friday and Cyber Monday–are for retail.
For years, shoppers have crowded stores on Black Friday, the first day of the holiday shopping season. More recently, Cyber Monday became the nation’s biggest online shopping day.
This year, for the first time, charities have put their stake in the ground to create a new tradition that celebrates giving back with #Giving Tuesday™— the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, when organizations, families, businesses and individuals come together to support the causes they care about most.
Locally, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) will serve as the giving portal for its own programs, which include the Access to Healthy Food and Family Stability initiatives as well as 2-1-1 Maryland at UWCM, and for its local funded partners—health and human service organizations serving people living at or near the federal poverty level in central Maryland.
“While no one person acting alone can solve tough social issues like homelessness and hunger, United Way consistently demonstrates that, acting together, people can make a real difference in the lives of the less fortunate,” said Mark Furst, president and CEO of UWCM. “Individuals giving to United Way of Central Maryland on #Giving Tuesday™ can rely on the money being directed to help those facing poverty locally get and stay out of crisis and move to self-sufficiency.”
#Giving Tuesday™ is becoming a digital phenomenon, and is an indication of how charitable giving is changing in the world of new media. Giving transactions will occur primarily online, and promotion of the effort has come to life mostly via social media. Giving among young people, many of whom are new to the world of philanthropy, is also expected to be high on #Giving Tuesday™.
“The days following Thanksgiving historically have centered on buying gifts for family or friends—or shopping for yourself,” said Elise Lee, UWCM’s chief development officer. “#Giving Tuesday™ is a national celebration of generosity to kick off the holiday giving season. There is nothing more powerful for our neighbors in need than the impact of the collective.”
It’s not only an easy way for local individuals to support the causes they care most about in their community, but it is an interesting case study as to how technology is shaping the future of philanthropy and giving back, making it more accessible to more people.
It’s not only timely, but will help promote the effort to support our most vulnerable neighbors, thereby supporting our whole community during this holiday season.
See all the organizations that your donations will support. Every little bit helps and will affect the city we live in.
Participating Central Maryland Organizations (As of November 16, 2012)
You may support these following organizations on #GivingTuesday at uwcm.org/giving-tuesday
American Heart Association
Arundel House of Hope
Associated Black Charities
Boys & Girls Club of Harford County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore
Bridges to Housing Stability
Carroll County Food Sunday
Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
Harford Community Action Council
Harford Family House
House of Ruth Maryland
Legal Aid Bureau
Living Classrooms Foundation
Maryland Center for Veterans Education & Training
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Maryland Food Bank
Maryland Society for Sight
PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs
Partners in Care
St. Vincent de Paul
The Arc of The Central Chesapeake Region
The Samaritan Women
The Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center
YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
Be One of The Many Who Will Support on #GivingTuesday.
The following was from the press release of the United Way of Central Maryland. Strictly Baltimore supports their efforts for #GivingTuesday and wish to aid in their efforts for this day.
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