#GIVINGTUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
After a day of giving thanks, we have two days for getting deals: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now there's a new day for giving back - #GivingTuesday on December 1st. At the Y, we’re kicking off the holiday season on December 1st by participating in this global day dedicated to giving.
On or before Giving Tuesday, December 1st, make a donation to the Y and take your first step in building a better us. We rely on the generosity of donors to keep programs effective and affordable as well as offer new programs in response to community needs. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of people and a huge impact on each individual we serve.
MEMBER-TO-MEMBER CHALLENGE MATCH
Donate during the #GivingTuesday campaign and your gift will be doubled. Several Y members have joined together to offer a member-to-member challenge. For every dollar you donate now through December 1st, they’ll match your gift, no matter how big or small, to a total of at least $12,500 - which would then be $25,000 for the Y!
Download a donation form today if you don't want to give online.
After you make a gift, encourage friends, family and colleagues to donate as well by using the #GivingTuesday hashtag in your social networks. Be part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.
At the Y, families become closer, children grow and blossom as they find endless opportunity, seniors discover new energy, and those with disabilities find new abilities and new hope. But don't just take our word for it! The real impact of your generosity is best told by those who benefit from your support. Here's just one of the many Y stories we hear every day...
Being involved with the Y has had a direct impact on my family. I was divorced when Jason was 7 and Jesse was 3. A counselor suggested we join the Y for support as a family. We were able to do so through the Open Arms Financial Assistance Program.
In the summer of 1997, the boys and their dad were enjoing a beautiful day on the water. Jesse, in a life jacket, dropped a toy overboard and fell in trying to get it. Jason, no life jacket, jumped in to "save" his brother but the current quickly took him the other way. Their dad jumped in and, faced with the boys going in different directions, began to struggle. Jason managed to flip on his back, paddle backwards, put his father in a headlock and waited patiently for rescue.
When I told him how proud I was of him, he looked at me and said "Mommy, remember at water class they told us to turn over on our back and stay calm...think of something happy."
Jason received the "Life Saving Award,” but if it hadn't been for the financial assistance that allowed us to be part of the Y and the water safety programs, I might have missed every golden memory that parents can't wait to experience. In my book, the "Life Saving Award" goes to the Y.