City House has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will 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 that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.
“City House is excited to participate in #GivingTuesday at this special time of year,” said City House Development & Events Director Chey Reynolds. “Black Friday and Cyber Monday are times when we shop until we drop. We all have so much. We’re encouraging everyone to join us on #GivingTuesday and donate. No amount is too small and it all adds up. Even if you choose to support another worthy cause, please give and help build upon this fantastic new tradition.”
You certainly do not have to wait until next Tuesday to give. Click here to donate to City House now.
Gift Cards Work Too!
City House is encouraging our friends and supporters to begin #GivingTuesday early. When you are out and about on Black Friday and over the holiday weekend, throwing in an extra gift card for the kids at City House goes a long way. We depend on gift cards so much to help buy groceries, supplies and toiletries for our emergency shelter and transitional living program homes for young adults. Walmart and Target are fantastic, as are grocery stores like Albertsons and Kroger. Clothing stores like Old Navy, Marshalls and GAP are needed too.
Friends and supporters of City House are also encouraged to show their passion for helping local kids by posting awareness about #GivingTuesday on their Facebook page and other social media.
Interested in helping? Here’s step-by-step instructions on how you can:
1.All this week and through Tuesday, Dec. 2, post a pic of yourself or your pets or kids or something in your home, with a self-made sign (on a blank piece of paper with a sharpie) in the pic that says “I’m supporting City House on #GivingTuesday” You can hold the sign or simply place it in the shot.
2.In your description text that you type in as part of your Facebook pic, describe what you are most thankful for (family, home, pets, health, or your choice), and invite them to join you in donating to City House.
3.Tag a minimum of 3 people (and @TexasCityHouse) and ask them to please post what they are most thankful for and tag 3 of their own friends.
FULL EXAMPLE OF TEXT w PIC: “I’m thankful for my wonderful family and all the blessings we have. Join me in giving back to City House for #GivingTuesday (Dec. 2) with a cash donation of any amount to http://www.cityhouse.org/donate.shtml (it all adds up!). City House helps give homeless youth a place to stay and a program to help them learn how to stand on their own two feet. @MarcieJ @Joan395 @SamJones4 (your personal 3 friends’ tags) – what are you most thankful for? Please take a second to post your own pic with a #GivingTuesday shoutout for City House and tag at least 3 of your friends and keep this going! Donate if you can! Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving! @TexasCityHouse”
The generosity of our community truly blows us away, and City House could not exist without it. The cost of taking care of our kids continues to rise and we need your help now more than ever. Thank you for considering a donation to City House as part of #GivingTuesday.
History of #GivingTuesday
Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y (92Y), came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. Thought leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizing joined with 92Y to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector. The concept gained steam, and with the help of the United Nations Foundation and other founding partners, more than 10,000 organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results.
“It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s Executive Director. “This initiative has truly been crowd-sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”
“#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 Calvin, 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.”