Nonprofits in South Fulton and around the world are joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement to help meet the needs of individuals impacted by COVID-19.
While #GivingTuesday is typically observed on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesdayNow was launched in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It’s designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
People can show their generosity in a variety of ways, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes. The global movement emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing.
“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities.”
“Now is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”
Blankies 4 My Buddies is one of the South Fulton nonprofits that’s participating in today’s effort. Led by C.J. Matthews, the organization is providing comfort to youth in need during the pandemic. A donation of $10 provides a bag filled with a mask, activities and healthy snacks for youth who have been displaced in the South Fulton area.
Donors can find other local organizations to support by searching the GAGives database. Other opportunities to offer support in South Fulton include the South Fulton United Fund, an effort to support local restaurants and provide meals to front line personnel, and the city’s Back the Bank fundraiser benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Photo: C.J. Matthews, Founder of Blankets 4 My Buddies (Credit: Blankets 4 My Buddies)