SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – First, there was Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday, then Cyber Monday. Tuesday, it was all about giving back. 22News found out how local nonprofit organizations benefited from Giving Tuesday.
“I really appreciate this,” said Jaleel Abdul Aziz. He has a shelter over his head and three meals a day because of community donations and volunteers at Friends of the Homeless in Springfield.
“Only a certain percentage of what we do here is funded through state funds and a large percentage of it needs to be covered through financial contributions from private donors,” said Sarah Tanner, Director of Development for Friends of the Homeless. On Giving Tuesday, Friends of the Homeless hoped to raise money so they could be more generous with meals and shelter, especially in the cold winter months.
Nonprofit organizations used social media to raise awareness of their need for donations today. One organization was Revitalize CDC. They had a message for their social media followers. They wanted each one to
“I will not let our military veterans and their families live in an unsafe or unhealthy home.”
Revitalize CDC wanted to raise 10,000 dollars for their Joined Forces Initiative. “We repair, modify and rehabilitate homes for military veterans and their families that are in need,” Loveless told 22News. They had the support of residents and local companies like veteran-owned business, Kitchens by Curio.
“We felt that it was a worthwhile thing to do to promote services for veterans,” said Frank Nataloni of Kitchens by Curio.
Giving Tuesday was a day for nonprofit organizations to not just receive donations, but also to raise awareness of the need for this generosity every day of the year. Many accepted donations on their website as well as through checks in the mail.