Today is #GivingTuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that developed as a response to the commercialization of Christmas. Black Friday has become a representation of our capitalistic culture, while Giving Tuesday has developed into a movement that provides us with the opportunity to give back.
Ways to Participate in Giving Tuesday
1.) Give the gift of time by volunteering! This could be by fulfilling an empty volunteer ‘position’ or creating an outside project or fundraiser to benefit the organization of your choice.
2.) Give your voice! You know how Ursula stole Ariel’s voice in The Little Memaid? Yeah, not like that…
Spread the word about organizations in your community who are making a difference by talking about them and never underestimate the power of social media!
3.) Give back by way of donating and/or encouraging family and friends to donate. This could be a monetary or gift in kind donation. Many charities provide a wish list on their website or social media page that includes supplies and equipment needed to help complete their work, so knowing what to purchase on the charity’s behalf doesn’t need to be a guessing game and you can rest assured that the donation will be put to good use.
4.) Give help by providing services pro-bono that many non-profits may otherwise not be able to afford. For example, a local marketing company may hold a contest that offers the winning organization a complete (free) re-branding, from logo, to marketing material, to digital media. This would be an amazing offering and resource for struggling non-profits with limited (or non-existent) marketing departments.
5.) Give from your paycheck! This may seem a bit too generous, but you can actually designate a portion of your paycheck be donated to a specific charity each month. This is called ‘payroll giving’ and it works in the same way as a monthly donation or a scheduled bill payment, pulled directly from your account.
Organizations I Support
It may come as a shock to you, dear readers, but I love animals and am a huge animal welfare advocate. (Stop the presses! You mean, the girl with a blog called, Mostly, My Dog, likes animals? I know, I can’t believe it, either.) This means there are quite a few animal organizations that I support. Here are a few of my favorite non-profits that may speak to you or spark interest in a specific cause!
1.) The Putnam County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The PCSPCA is my home county SPCA. I have been volunteering with this organization for two years and the amount of work they do on such a supremely limited budget is astounding. They investigate local animal neglect and abuse cases, with virtually no funding from the local government. If you live in the Hudson Valley area, please consider donating to this amazing organization by visiting their website or Facebook.
2.) The Catskill Animal Sanctuary
The Catskill Animal Sanctuary is located on 110 acres in the beautiful Catskills area of the Hudson Valley. At any time, the organization can house 250 – 350 animals and champions of a compassionate, vegan lifestyle. This #GivingTuesday, an anonymous donor has donated $20,000 to challenge everyone who loves the animals of Catskill Animal Sanctuary to give generously, too. Visit their website to see how you can donate this #GivingMOOSday!
3.) The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is dedicated to alleviating hunger, while preventing the waste of wholesome food. They service the whole Hudson Valley region that spans 6 counties. Food or monetary donations are always welcome.
4.) The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation
The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation helps raise money to fund childhood cancer research in honor of Super Ty. The organization hopes to discover treatments for cancer in children that doesn’t prevent the child from experiencing childhood to its fullest. Visit the link above to find the many ways in which you can support this organization.
5.) Villalobos Rescue Center
Villalobos is the pit-bull specific rescue featured on Animal Planet’s Pitbulls & Parolees. Located in New Orleans, Tia and her crew have expanded beyond their main hub located in the heart of the city to many satelite locations and cannot keep up with the number of dogs that have flooded the rescue.
6.) National Mill Dog Rescue
The National Mill Dog Rescue rehabs and rehomes breeding dogs used by puppy mills. They also strive to educate on the horrors of puppy mills by using adoptable dogs as ambassadors who once suffered at the hands of their breeders, but have found loving homes.
Now, go forth and pay it forward!