#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
One of the best ways to get involved is in our local community. Below is a list of some ideas for how to participate in #GivingTuesday right here in San Luis Obispo County.
1. Paso Robles Children's Museum
For every $125 the Paso Robles Children's Museum raises they will donate an Annual Museum Membership to a needy or military family. Your donation will help the museum provide the POWER of PLAY for our community and allow them to give back to a needy family.
2. San Luis Obispo Children's Museum
A goal of the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum is to be accessible to as many children as possible. Donate to support their goals and mission or even gift a membership to open the museum’s doors to a family who would not be able to afford to visit.
RISE provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones. When you donate to RISE, you respect, inspire, support and empower survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse and/or intimate partner violence.
Many RISE clients have children and are looking for assistance in providing gifts this year. Families can be adopted from the Giving Tree in our Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo offices. The trees in our lobbies will be filled with ornaments describing the families' needs. Choose an ornament, let the front office know who you have chosen and provide your contact information, then have fun shopping for them!
RISE is also looking for holiday donations of much needed gift cards. Gas stations, grocery stores, Target, etc. make excellent gift card donations as they can be used to support clients who are rebuilding their lives.
4. CASA SLO County
Did you know… it costs $2500 to provide an advocate for a child for a year? CASA of San Luis Obispo County receives 60% of its funding from the local community and depends on these contributions to fund its work.
There are 450 abused and neglected children under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court in San Luis Obispo County. Your gift to CASA will help them reach their goal of serving each one of these children by providing them with a trained CASA volunteer advocate/mentor.
5. SLO Food Bank & GleanSLO
The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County's mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community.
Every day, thousands of residents in San Luis Obispo County struggle to meet their basic nutritional needs. You can bring immediate relief and hope to a family or individual who is suffering from hunger. The Food Bank Coalition has many options for giving to the meet the interests of our community supporters.
GleanSLO's mission is to rescue nature's bounty for the benefit of our community. Through the act of harvesting and sharing food, they connect and nourish our community to build stronger relationships and a deeper appreciation for our food. Your donation to GleanSLO helps provide fresh, nutritious food to families across San Luis Obispo County. We live in an agriculturally rich region where produce is abundant. Thanks to donors like you, we can connect excess fresh produce with families in need, while reducing waste and keeping our community healthy.
6. Hospice SLO
Support Hospice SLO County's mission to provide care to anyone experiencing the impact of life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one.
Also, keep their Light Up a Life events in mind. Support Hospice of San Luis Obispo County and illuminate the memory of your loved one, honor someone living, or simply elect Hospice SLO County for your end-of-year giving.
7. Salvation Army SLO County
The Salvation Army of SLO County provides year-round programs to help kids in low income communities thrive. They supplement and support kids' educational opportunities through a variety of programs including homework assistance and counseling, sports, clubs, and extracurricular activities, and dance, art and music programs. Give hope to a child in need!
8. Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County's mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Donating online is the fastest, easiest way to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission and help a child. Your donation helps empower kids in our community to achieve their full potential.
9. must! charities
must! charities is driven by a collaboration of friends and business owners dedicated to improving the quality of life in San Luis Obispo's north county through empowering local organizations to make strategic change that creates long-term philanthropic, sustainable transformation within a region.
They believe everyone can be a philanthropist, no matter their age, business, or personal beliefs. Just as a community is made up of diversity, so are our partners. We have families who get involved and teach their kids how to be a part of a big movement, local businesses who have committed to giving as a way of doing business, and foundations who want to make must! charities part of their giving portfolio. The bottom line is that anyone can be a partner if they are willing.
At must! charities, 100% of your donation goes right back into the community!
10. Shop & Give with Amazon Smile
Get your holiday shopping done and donate to a local organization at the same time!
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. There are a lot of local organizations on the AmazonSmile list, so type in your favorite, do a search, select the organization, and get your shopping done!
These are just a few options for participating in #GivingTuesday and giving locally. How do you give? What is your favorite local non-profit? Let us know in the comments.
I hope this post inspires you to donate to an organization close to your heart or to volunteer for your favorite local cause.
Get the kids involved and go-go participate in #GivingTuesday!
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