Niagara Gazette — Community Missions of Niagara Frontier will join with more than 3,400 organizations across the country in encouraging people to take collaborative action to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support. The event will take place Dec. 3, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday looks to harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days synonymous with holiday shopping.
Community Missions, within the theme of its “The Gift of Giving … The Joy of Receiving” Christmas Program, will encourage people to support the agency in a number of ways on Dec. 3.
• Individuals (and businesses) are encouraged to make a tax-deductible financial contribution to the agency via its website, www.CommunityMissions.org.
• Individuals are encouraged to beat the end of year rush and donate clothes and household items, which are always welcome to be dropped off at the Mission’s main office at 1570 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Such donations are always tax-deductible.
• Individuals are also encouraged to volunteer their time to help spread holiday cheer at the mission.
“We are very excited for this opportunity to band together with so many wonderful charitable organizations to encourage people to give back,” said Christian Hoffman, communications and development manager of Community Missions. “The winter months are always the toughest for those in need, especially here in Western New York. This initiative comes at a perfect time for us, and with the holiday season in full swing ..."
“#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism,” said Kathy Calving, CEO of the UN Foundation. “The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.”
Those interested in joining Community Missions’ #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.communitymissions.org/about/givingtuesday.html. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), or follow #GivingTuesday (www.twitter.com/GivingTues) and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.
In 2012, CMI provided over 70,000 meals and over 9,000 nights of care within its crisis services programs. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-orientated settings. For more information on the services and programs provided by Community Missions, please visit www.communitymissions.org or connect via Facebook or Twitter.