Giving Tuesday becoming more important for local nonprofit organizations

Local nonprofit organizations benefited from charitable donations in this season of giving, and their season of need.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Children at Square One begin each day with a free, healthy breakfast. That’s only made possible due to the generosity of the community. On Giving Tuesday, Square One focused its charitable asking on donations for this breakfast program. As a non-profit organization, Square One relies heavily on donations for its early learning and school-age educational programs for families in need.

“It’s a national day of philanthropy, which is just a great reminder for everyone in the community to come out and support their favorite charities,” said Square One Vice President of Development Kristine Allard.

American International College joined Square One’s “Get Hangry” campaign by pledging to pay for breakfast for four Square One classrooms a month for a year. Volunteers manned the phones, asking individuals to also pledge donations. They said a 30 dollar donation paid for breakfast for a full classroom.

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Revitalize CDC also had a catchy phrase this Giving Tuesday to appeal to people looking to make a charitable donation before the year’s end. Volunteers took “UNSelfies” to raise awareness of how donations helped provide safe homes for people in need, especially in the winter months. “It’s amazing the momentum it’s building. There are so many more people becoming engaged and becoming involved in our organization, so it’s contagious in a very positive way,” said Colleen Loveless, CEO and President of Revitalize CDC. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will match donations to Revitalize CDC on Giving Tuesday.

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From feeding and educating children, to providing shelter for those in need, to helping people with disabilities obtain employment, Giving Tuesday had a lot to offer to local nonprofits.

New England Business Associates, or N.E.B.A., uses donations to teach people with disabilities the skills they need to enter the workforce. “Our goal really is to work with people with disabilities and other barriers who are receiving state and federal aid to get jobs, become fully included in the community, and hopefully get off of those benefits in the long run, which is a win-win for all,” N.E.B.A. Executive Director Jeannine Pavlak told 22News.

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