NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a day of giving organized by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. This is the third year that people Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties are choosing to donate to their favorite non-profits.
To donate go to the Valley Gives website, or you can stop by the Big Y until 6:30 p.m. in Northampton, West Springfield and Greenfield. People can choose from more than 450 non-profits big or small, like Grow Food Northampton.
Valley Gives Day is a little like Christmas morning for Grow Food Northampton. They have it all covered. One person is recruiting new volunteers, another person is trying to get people to donate, one person is monitoring the donations and another person is sending thank you’s.
There’s a $10 minimum donation. This year, the goal is for 20,000 people to donate something to Valley Gives. Last year, 12,000 people donated to at least one non-profit.
“Not all non profits have to budget to reach out to the community on their own. This time of year, people are already in the giving spirit, so why not capture that in one day,” said Rachel Taylor-Doward, of ServiceNet.
Valley Gives has tables set up with iPads, where you can select your non-profit and how much you’d like to give. Every hour, 20 donations are picked at random where those non-profits are given an extra $500 or $1,000.
“One of the keys to the online piece is that you do reach a lot of people particularly young people so I think its a great way to reach a whole new generation of donors,” said Jenny Fleming-Ives of Northampton.
You have until midnight to donate. 22News is proud to be a sponsor for Valley Gives Day.
Again, if you are interested in giving back, you can visit the Valley Gives website at valleygivesday.org.