December 2nd, 2014 is the second annual GivingTuesday in Canada. Canada Helps and GIV3 are the proud co-founders of the massively successful movement in Canada. This year, Shalem is excited to participate in this counter-cultural movement.
Why December 2nd? GivingTuesday marks the opening day of the giving season and also follows two of the largest shopping days of the year: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The founders of this movement want to encourage individuals and organizations to join together and find innovative ways to give back to charities and to their communities throughout the Christmas season.
In 2013, millions of Canadians were exposed to GivingTuesday messages with tens of thousands directly engaging in the conversation. GivingTuesday spawned hashtags like #unselfie, where people could post images of generosity, and phrases like “conspicuous compassion.” People were excited about giving back!
Shalem is participating in this exciting movement and we would be honoured if you would join us! There are a number of ways to be engaged on GivingTuesday.
You could also start your own campaign on GivingTuesday, encouraging your contacts on Facebook or twitter to give to a cause or charity close to their heart. As family members ask for gift suggestions, perhaps include a request for a donation in your name to some of your favourite causes. There are some great creative suggestions here.
You could volunteer for your favourite charity. For example, the RE-create Outreach Art Studio is open that day from 7 – 9 pm. You can contact Meghan for information on volunteering at RE-create. Similarly, Shalem’s WrapAround program is always looking for volunteers to work with families and individuals with complex needs. Contact Elske for more information about helping with this program. For other ways to support Shalem, search for our profile on the GivingTuesday website and on Canada Helps.
So much of what happens at Shalem could not happen with our committed donors, members and volunteers. We are forever grateful for your gifts of time and support.
As we seek to counter some of the materialism of the holiday season, consider alternatives for ways to fill the season with joy, meaning and purpose!