A community-wide day of giving – #GIVINGTUESDAY

GT_unitedwayWHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY?

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Here in Springfield, United Way and our local nonprofit community is teaming up to demonstrate the many ways you can help out on #GIVINGTUESDAY.  From giving a gift of reading, to adopting a child through the Tree of Wishes, to volunteering an afternoon at St. John’s Breadline, we want to encourage our community to support our many local organizations.

#GIVINGTUESDAY Local Opportunities

United Way of Central IllinoisCommunity Fund

uw ladyThis #GIVINGTUESDAY, consider the gift that helps support the multiple needs which exist in our community. Your gift to United Way’s Community Fund creates meaningful change by supporting the programs making a difference in our community. As always, 100% of your gift goes directly to LOCAL programs.

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American Red Cross – Donate to Disaster Relief

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Join Visa in supporting the American Red Cross on #GivingTuesday. Visa invites you to make your donation go further with Visa Checkout, the easier way to pay online. For every donation made using Visa Checkout from December 2 through December 31, Visa Checkout will make an additional $15 gift to the Red Cross to thank you for your support with a minimum donation of $150,000 and maximum of $250,000.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Illinois Capital Region, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Junior League of Springfield, Inc. and Sparc – Design Ideas Holiday Store

73290_157905544250500_3884637_nShopping on #GIVINGTUESDAY?  Then why not shop for a cause at the 2014 Design Ideas Holiday Store benefiting local organizations.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois – Mentors & Snack Food Donations

bbbslogoSign up as a Big Brother or Big Sister. In addition, BBBS is always in need of snack item donations for its programs.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Central IllinoisGive the gift of a great future

Boys-Girls-clubYou have the opportunity to positively influence and impact the youth of our community by supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois.

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Catholic Charities – Christmas Baskets

Catholic_CharitiesHelp a struggling family this Christmas Season with the gift of a Food Basket.

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Central Counties Health Centers – Reach Out & Read Program

Central_Co_LogoHelp support Central Counties Health Centers Reach Out and Read Program which provides free, age-appropriate books to preschool children served by the health center. Children receive the book at each visit until they reach the age of 5.

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Central Illinois Community Blood CenterGift of Life

541621_418507498175969_1436822578_nOn #GIVINGTUESDAY consider the Gift of Life by donating at Central Illinois Community Blood Center.

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Central Illinois FoodbankGive A Meal

Central_IL_FoodbkHelp support Central Illinois Foodbank in its fight against hunger this #GIVINGTUESDAY. Consider volunteering an hour of your time or making a donation.

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Contact MinistriesChristmas Give-A-Way Volunteers and Gifts

Contact_MinistriesHelp support Contact Ministries Christmas Give-A-Way event this #GIVINGTUESDAY. Contact Ministries’ big annual Christmas Give Away takes place on December 17th at Westminster Presbyterian Church, from 9:00am-7:00pm. During the day, more than 2,000 people will receive new toys, hats/gloves, food and hygiene items. Contact Ministries is in need of more than 150 volunteers throughout the set-up and day of Give Away. In addition, the agency is in need of donations of new hats/gloves, coats, non-perishable food items and volunteers to help with set-up on Tuesday the 16th and all throughout the day on the 17th.

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Early Learning Center – Springfield Public Schools – Coat, Toy, and Book Drive

Your donation will make all the difference in the life of a child this Holiday Season. *Please drop of your toy donations
by December 10, 2014 at the Early Learning Center.

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Family Service Center – Gift Catalog

Gift CatalogFamily Service Center’s Gift Catalog supports the services of our agency. Family Service Center is committed to improving the lives of the people of Central Illinois through excellent foster care and adoption services, family support and creative collaboration with other agencies to solve community problems.

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Family Service Center – Tree of Wishes

1450677_10151751752622307_1712655531_nThe annual Tree of Wishes at White Oaks Mall benefits the children of more than a dozen local agencies.  It takes dozens of volunteers to make the Tree of Wishes successful.  This holiday season consider adopting a child through the Tree of Wishes and/or volunteering an hour or two to support those in need.

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genHkidsEat Real, Move More

1381219_637757576244604_1085683320_nA #GIVINGTUESDAY gift helps keep our programs running so we can continue to teach children and the community how to “Eat Real” and “Move More!”

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Girl Scouts of Central IllinoisStand Up, Stand Out & Stand Tall

Girl_ScoutsEncourage girls to STAND UP, STAND OUT AND STAND TALL with your #GIVINGTUESDAY gift to the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.

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Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County

hfhlogoGive Big on December 2nd and throughout the holiday season to help provide simple, decent, and affordable housing for all people in need!

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Helping Hands of SpringfieldAllowing Kids to Live Dreams

Helping-HandsThis holiday season consider giving coats, scarves, and gloves and food to the homeless by donating to Helping Hands of Springfield.
You can also donate precious dollars to keep the doors open by going to their agency website at www.helpinghandsofspringfield.org

Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois – Lend a hand, heal a heart

The holidays are a perfect time to reflect on the importance of friends and family. A time of gratitude for the love and support they bring to our lives every day.
It’s also a time when some hearts are hurting – a child struggling with ADHD, a neighbor dealing with depression, or a friend or loved one facing mental health challenges. But with help comes hope!

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Mini O’Bierne Crisis Nursery – Children’s Holiday Store

mocnOpen November 29th through December 23rd in Monroe Plaza, the Children’s Holiday Store needs more than 700 volunteers to assist shoppers.  On #GIVINGTUESDAY, consider volunteering and/or taking your children shopping at the store in support of Mini O’Bierne Crisis Nursery.

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One Hope United

one_hope#GivingTuesday is philanthropy at its best: ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things. Join One Hope United on December 2, 2014 and together we’ll be saving the future, one child at a time.

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Prairie Center Against Sexual AssaultWalk a Mile in Her Shoes Calendars

pcasa-logoOn #GivingTuesday, pick up a copy of the 2015 Walk a Mile In Her Shoes calendar for yourself and a friend. Not only will you get a great gift, but your gift supports the efforts of PCASA.

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Rutledge Youth Foundation – Holiday Wish List 2014

RutledgeThis holiday season Rutledge Youth Foundation is accepting in-kind gifts from their Holiday Wish List to assist at-risk youth and families served by the organization.

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The Salvation ArmyRed Kettle Campaign

1453216_10202538586015938_488541082_nVolunteer for the Red Kettle campaign during this season of giving.

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Senior Services of Central Illinois – Meals on Wheels & Daily Bread

senior-services-of-central-illinoisHave a couple hours of time?  This #GivingTuesday consider volunteering as a delivery driver for our local Meals on Wheels or Daily Bread Programs.  These delivery programs assure that homebound senior citizens receive a nutritious meal.

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Senior Services of Central Illinois File of Life

senior-services-of-central-illinoisSenior Services has a special gift called The File of Life for everyone who makes a financial contribution to support its programs on Giving Tuesday. Donations can be delivered in-person to receive this thank-you gift, or you can mail your year-end contribution to Development, Senior Services of Central Illinois, 701 W. Mason, Springfield IL 62702.

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Sojourn Shelter & ServicesAdopt-A-Family Program

sojourn1Sojourn’s adopt-a-family program matches community donors (individual or group) with a family in need during the holiday season. Donors are able to identify the size of family they wish to adopt and are provided a family match sheet that highlights the family’s information, gift wrapping and labeling instructions and general program information.

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Sojourn Shelter & ServicesDove Tree Program

sojourn1Sojourn’s Dove Tree Holiday Program features Doves with an item on the back that can be donated to Sojourn. These items may be given as gifts for Christmas or used at the shelter for current clients and children.

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Sojourn Shelter & ServicesWish List

sojourn1Sojourn’s Wish List is a list of in-kind donations they need at the shelter.

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Springfield Urban LeagueCoats for Kids

10252163_742898759092431_5830596408733390368_nWICS & Green Toyota have teamed up with the Springfield Urban League to collect new and gently used coats that will distribute to kids in the Urban League’s Head Start program in Springfield and Jacksonville throughout the month of November.
There are more than 800 small children in this program, many of whom are without a warm coat.
Donations can be dropped off at NewsChannel 20 or any of the Green Family Dealerships.

Springfield YMCAAllowing Kids to Live Dreams

YMCAAt the Springfield YMCA, we count on the generosity of our members, friends and partners to keep our doors open to whoever needs a place to go to help them be more healthy, confident, connected and secure.

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State Journal-RegisterFriend in Deed

FID300Open hearts and open wallets can go a long way toward brightening an otherwise uncertain time at the holidays. That’s been illustrated for decades in central Illinois, where area residents have generously supported Friend-in-Deed, the holiday help program of The State Journal-Register where every dollar goes to providing food, clothing and toys to local families in need.

United Cerebral Palsy Land of LincolnLife Without Limits

UCP Land of LincolnUnited Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln is working every day to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury and other special needs. On #GIVINGTUESDAY, consider a gift to support those living with special needs.

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United Way of Central Illinois in partnership with Community Child Care Connection – Gift of Reading

gift_of_reading_photoThis holiday season give the Gift of Reading to a preschool child in our community by sponsoring 1 or more children through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Your gift of just $26 will ensure that a preschooler in our community receives a new, age-appropriate book through the mail each month for a full year.

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Youth Service Bureau

Youth-Service-Bureau-logoThis holiday season consider a gift to Youth Service Bureau helping to provide crisis intervention, temporary residential placement, and counseling services to youth and their families.

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Join our #GIVINGTUESDAY Thunderclap.

Imagine what could occur if 100, 200 or 500 people simultaneously posted a link to our community’s #GIVINGTUESDAY page at the same time on December 2nd.

Join our “Give Local on #GIVINGTUESDAY” Thunderclap and help us encourage our community to do good on #GIVINGTUESDAY.

It’s Simple…
Simply visit our Thunderclap page.
Connect your Facebook or Twitter account, and
At 8:00am on #GIVINGTUESDAY, Thunderclap will automatically post a single update to your social media profile.

It’s Safe…

Thunderclap is proven and safe, with organizations from The White House to Americorps using the service to get out their message. The service will only post to your social media profile a single time.

Sign up today and on December 2nd, here’s what will post to your profile:

“Today is #GIVINGTUESDAY! Check out the list of local charities and projects in need of our help this holiday season. http://thndr.it/11vMPMy”

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