New ways to give on #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving. How will you get involved this year?

The holiday season tends to fill everyone with a little extra thankfulness and merriment. With Thanksgiving coming up soon, many people are looking for ways to give back and express their gratitude! One way to say “thank you” this season is by participating in Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday, or #GivingTuesday, is a global day of giving and an opportunity to support the charities that work to make a difference in the world. Giving Tuesday occurs on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27.

It’s a pretty simple idea. You can donate to a charity that has made an impact on you or someone you know. If you are looking for a different way to give back, here are three new ways to get involved with #GivingTuesday this year:

Give your time

Nonprofits are always looking for those who feel passionately about their mission. Giving Tuesday is the perfect occasion to volunteer your time.

If you don’t know what organizations or charities are near you, the Giving Tuesday website www.givingtuesday.org/whats-happening-near-me offers a tool that can find organizations near you. All you have to do is enter the city and state you live in. The site also sorts out the organizations by the type, such as foundation, nonprofit, or school.

You can give money, volunteer, or donate canned goods to food banks. Food banks help supply food for those who cannot afford it. If you are looking for a food bank near you, www.foodpantries.org/st/pennsylvania has a list of Pennsylvania food banks that could use your help this Giving Tuesday.

Give your skills

If you have a specific set of skills, use them to help others! There are pro bono opportunities on Taproot+ that range from website development to online marketing. This pro bono work provides nonprofits with expertise and skills they may not be able to otherwise afford.

You can also look for needs in your community. For example, you could donate to Alder Health Services, which provide health care to those living with HIV/AIDs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You could also participate in the Pennies2Patients fundraising program that StringsforaCURE runs to raise money for breast cancer patients. You could also attend or sponsor the Happy Valley’s Got Talent fundraiser put on by Tides, an organization that provides peer support programming for children, teens, and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Give as a group

Giving Tuesday is all about people giving back. Last year, the #GivingTuesday Data Project reported they raised $274 million. That could not have been done without the 2.5 million contributions they received.

If you are part of an organization, you can do some volunteer work together. For example, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has locations in Harrisburg and Williamsport. The food bank is always looking for volunteers willing to give their time to serve in their warehouse. You can also start a mini fundraiser within your organization or start an internal competition to see which department can raise more for one of the charities.