#GivingTuesday. It’s Not Just a Hashtag.

United Way GivingTuesday 2016
From left to right; Dana Boyle, Kim Paradis, Chantal Fleurent, Lisa Rowlinson, VON staff members.

GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement that began in The United States in 2012. Spreading quickly to Canada in 2013, the day is dedicated to increasing financial gifts and volunteer efforts for non-profits, service clubs, and community organizations both near and far.

GivingTuesday follows the Black Friday stampede and Cyber Monday’s online push for Christmas shoppers to spend .. spend .. spend.

GivingTuesday invites citizens to stop and pause for a while. To consider the efforts made on local and global scales to affect change in the lives of people. People who receive support, and those who offer support in a myriad of social justice issues.

For the local Sault Ste. Marie & District United Way (UWSSM), GivingTuesday, 2016 is an opportunity to elevate issues that continue to create challenges for the community.

United Way GivingTuesday 2016
From left to right; Farah Ayaad and Marilyn Hug, United Way staff.

On this GivingTuesday, 2016, Sault Ste. Marie & District United Way’s Campaign Coordinator, Marilyn Hug and Farah Ayaad, Marketing Coordinator Intern were busy at the local office on Oxford Street, highlighting the work of this important link in the community.

Members of  VON staff dropped by the United Way office on this GivingTuesday, November 29th, 2016 while SaultOnline was there. Lisa Rowlinson, Chantal Fleurent, Kim Paradis and Dana Boyle, as well as other folks who visited the office today, were treated to lunch and some homemade goodies.

‘For 59 years the United Way has engaged individuals and mobilized collective action to make the greatest possible impact to improve lives in our community. The United Way, Sault Ste. Marie and district is taking bold action against poverty, beginning a five-year process to address root causes of poverty by working with multiple community partners on strategies which reduce the impact of low income on the health and well-being of individuals and families in our community.’

GivingTuesday is about the simple act of sharing something that can make a difference to someone’s life. Time can be the most valuable commodity a person can offer. Consider volunteering or donating financial resources for any number of the programs The United Way offers in the district.

In Canada, GivingTuesday is an initiative of CanadaHelps, The GIV3 Foundation and 15 founding partners. (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/)

They have been joined by thousands of Canadian charities, businesses and communities in a collective call to Canadians to support charities of their choice.

Consider the work of our local United Way this #GivingTuesday. Follow along on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/UnitedWay_SSM

Visit the Sault & District United Way’s website http://ssmunitedway.ca/ to learn more.