Town marks ‘Giving Tuesday’

As soon as the turkey was put away, millions of Americans turned their attention to the upcoming holiday shopping season, and Family Centers recognized the holidays with a new tradition — GivingTuesday, which was officially held Dec. 3 but is ongoing for anyone who wants to help.

While Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday all help boost the economy, this new post-Thanksgiving observance encourages people to give back to their communities, according to Family Centers. Giving Tuesday is a national philanthropic movement that encourages non-profits, businesses, and individuals to take action and give back to their communities in collaborative ways.

Last year, more than 2,500 partners from all 50 states participated and raised more than $10 million in donations.

It was first launched last year in New York City and Greenwich will be participating this year at the suggestion of Juliana Collamer, executive director of Volunteers On Call (VOC), a local non-profit organization dedicated to volunteerism promotion and the creation of domestic and international service opportunities. VOC is one of the 7,000 organizations around the country to partner with the movement.

In honor of Giving Tuesday, Volunteers On Call will be hosting a suit drive beginning to collect new and gently worn mens’ suits for homeless individuals who need an outfit for job interviews. Those who are interested in donating suits or exploring service opportunities with VOC can visit Volunteersoncall.org or contact Collamer at [email protected] for more information.

Additionally, in recognition of GivingTuesday this year, Family Centers has launched a special fund-raising campaign to provide local children with preschool scholarships. Each year, Family Centers provides more than $1.5 million in scholarships to ensure that Fairfield County’s children have the educational foundation they need upon entering kindergarten.

The agency hopes the campaign will raise $18,872 — the cost to sponsor one child in one of Family Centers’ Early Care and Education programs for an entire year.

All donations to Family Centers are tax deductible and can be made securely online at familycenters.org/products/index.php?type=1207.

For more information about all events connected with this effort, visit Givingtuesday.org.

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