The nonprofit organization GivingTuesday has created a global day of giving and unity called #GivingTuesdayNow. It will take place on May 5, 2020. It is “an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19“.
#GivingTuesdayNow is being held in addition to the annually scheduled GivingTuesday event that will still take place on December 1, 2020. The organization’s goal is “Mobilizing the World Through Giving“. They aim “to create a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world“. To accomplish this goal, they have partnered with a global network of leaders, communities, and individuals like you and me to unite – while social distancing – to lend support to
We all have something to give
- Give money, goods, Personal Protective Equipment such as masks. Many organizations are continuing to provide much-needed services to the community despite the pandemic.
- Give thanks to your healthcare workers, thank your post officer, delivery driver, and other essential workers. Clap when you see them, give them handwritten thank you cards, post on social media, and share your appreciation for the people and organizations that are helping your community.
- Give your support to your local community by buying from small businesses.
- Give your time by safely volunteering virtually from your home. Do you blog, Tweet, TikTok…? Give your voice to help raise awareness. Do you have a special skill that an organization may need? Lend your talents to give pro bono hours to a nonprofit who needs your expertise.
- Give to a crowdfunding campaign.
You can also
- Call a senior citizen, give them an hour of your time. Bring them groceries or flowers. Offer to walk their dog.
- Call a friend, see how they are doing,
- Hang a heart or sign in your window,
- Host a concert from your balcony – that’s all the rage
- Donate excess food items to shelters and food banks.