4 Easy Ways to Join the #GivingTuesday Movement

Following our national day of thanks, then a long weekend of shopping deals in big box stores, local boutiques, and online, is a day that has been recently dubbed #GivingTuesday. In 2012, the day was founded as a movement toward coming together “for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.”

This #GivingTuesday video concisely describes what the day is all about:

Beverly-Hanks encourages you to join the nearly 37,000 organizations nationwide who are already involved in the #GivingTuesday movement. Give 10 minutes or $10, but find a way to give back to your community in a way that is meaningful to you.

Here are a few ways that you can use #GivingTuesday to give something back to your community:


1. GIVE YOUR SUPPORT

In 2015 alone, 1.64 million people participated in #GivingTuesday, raising $177M online for organizations in 98 countries. That’s a lot of support for those in need! Even so, the median online gift was just over $100, proving that a little can indeed go a long way. We encourage you to give back to an area nonprofit that means something to you.

If you’re not sure where to start, consider participating in Mountain Xpress’ Give!Local program, running through December 31. The site allows you to bundle your donations to 37 local nonprofits, and donors of $20 or more receive a coupon book in return for their gift.


2. GIVE YOUR TIME

Time is money, and no one understands that more than nonprofits. Help them kick off the holiday giving season by giving of your time to their cause. Volunteer an hour or an afternoon—they’re sure to value your help! Beverly-Hanks is a big supporter of the United Way, and we recommend finding holiday volunteer opportunities through them. For volunteers near Asheville, sort opportunities by time and topic on handsonasheville.org, the volunteer center of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.


3. GIVE A TWEET

Sometimes, even a retweet or a Facebook like makes a big difference to the mission of small, local causes. Especially during the holiday fundraising season, nonprofits love all the love they can get—even if it’s just online. Get the word out about the mission of your favorite organization, their successes, and their ongoing needs. Don’t forget to use the #GivingTuesday hashtag!


4. GIVE A (DOT)ORG SOME (DOT)LOVE

How much do you really know about EcoForesters, Ministry of Hope, or the POP Project? Did you know that you can donate to the Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) through LoLo, or how many organizations are involved in Code Purple scenarios?

Take some time to learn about what local nonprofits do. Explore their websites and learn about their missions. Read through blog posts and social media feeds, and comment on stories that spark your interest. Share email newsletters with a friend, or sign up for one to keep up with news and volunteer opportunities for a cause you care about.


4 Easy Ways to Join the #GivingTuesday Movement

GET MORE BY GIVING BACK

Beverly-Hanks is immeasurably proud of our agents and staff for their regular involvement in strengthening the community through service and financial support. Here’s a list of many of the local events and regional nonprofits we’ve supported in 2017:

Alzheimer’s Association of WNC

American Red Cross

Art League of Henderson County

Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM)

Asheville Chamber of Commerce

Asheville Community Theatre

Better Dads Festival

Biltmore Park Town Square Summer Block Party

Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, & Families

Blue Ridge Humane Society

Blue Ridge Literacy Council

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

Daniel Boone Council, Boy Scouts of America

Eblen Charities

Eliada Home

Free Clinics of Hendersonville, NC

Four Seasons Compassion for Life

Friends of the Smokies

Hands On Asheville-Buncombe

Hands On! Children’s Museum

Haywood Healthcare Foundation

Haywood Street Congregation

Head Start, Community Action Opportunities

Hearts with Hands

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra

Homeward Bound of WNC

Inheritance of Hope

Irene Wortham Center

KARE

Lake Lure Classical Academy

Literacy Council of Buncombe County

Make-A-Wish Central and Western NC

MANNA FoodBank

Meals on Wheels of Asheville & Buncombe County

Mountain Area Pregnancy Services

New City Christian School

Orbie for Orphans

Our VOICE

Park Ridge Health Foundation

POP Project

Rotary Club of South Asheville

Saluda Historic Depot

Salvation Army of Hendersonville

St. Gerard House

Steadfast House

UNC Asheville Athletics

United Way

United Way – Women United

Upstairs [Artspace] Art Trek 2017

Walk A Mile Asheville 2017

WNC Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries

Young Life of Asheville

 

We encourage you to get involved, too—and what better day than #GivingTuesday! Support local business now and in the future by giving of your time and money to an organization that means something to you. Click through to the agencies above to make a contribution today. Or contact your Beverly-Hanks agent to learn about local nonprofits in your community.

 

 

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