Doing Good during the Holiday Season
November 18, 2016
The holiday season is upon us and three uniquely American events are quickly approaching: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. If family differences or rampant consumerism threaten to dampen your festive mood, one reason for hope is the emergence of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
#GivingTuesday is a movement to lift up the generosity of people worldwide on a coordinated day of giving. By using the power of social media and personal relationships, #GivingTuesday encourages ordinary people to come together and make a huge impact for nonprofit organizations. Last year, over 700,000 people in 71 countries donated online and sent #GivingTuesday messages on social media.
As an organization founded by Catholic sisters working directly with people and communities impacted by injustice, NETWORK’s mission is to transform the systems that cause individuals and families to struggle with poverty, lack of access to healthcare, broken immigration policies, and more. Every day members of the NETWORK community are working to mend the gaps and improve access and opportunity for all Americans. If you are inspired by NETWORK’s mission, I invite you to support NETWORK on #GivingTuesday, and encourage your family and friends to do the same!
While we may spend time on Thanksgiving reflecting on the people and experiences that have impacted our lives, #GivingTuesday invites us to think about how we can give of ourselves to support others. Where and how you choose to give is up to you. The most important part, is that you share your reason for giving with your social networks and encourage them to join you. I’m starting to make my list now, of the organizations I plan to support on #GivingTuesday, and I hope you join me in giving back after a long weekend of holiday celebrations!