Seven years ago, the tradition of Giving Tuesday began. #GivingTuesday harnesses the generosity of people and the potential of social media to bring about real change in our community. While the information we share and conversations we have on social media are important, they will not solve the ongoing problems happening each day in Northeast Ohio. That’s why, one day a year, we ask our neighbors to come together to give back to the Land that we love.
When is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving—taking place this year on November 27, 2018. While many donations are received directly on Tuesday, any gifts collected during the month of November leading up to #GivingTuesday will be counted in our total. This gives everyone in our community a chance to give—no matter how big or small.
Where do my #GivingTuesday donations go?
While we continue to disrupt the cycle of poverty each day, United Way of Greater Cleveland is focusing our 2018 #GivingTuesday efforts on:
Each day, one in five children has to choose between breakfast, lunch or dinner. United Way of Greater Cleveland invests in programs across our community that provide access to healthy, quality food to individuals and families in crisis. A $5 donation provides a bag of groceries for a neighbor in need.
During the harsh Northeast Ohio winter, proper clothing is more than just a fashion statement – it is a matter of survival. This is particularly true for our most vulnerable, such as children and the elderly. A gift of any size can make a huge difference for one of our neighbors.
Right now, over 2,700 children in Cleveland do not have a bed to call their own. United Way of Greater Cleveland helps provide emergency housing for those who need an immediate place to stay and supports families who work hard toward owning a home of their own. A $130 donation provides one week of room and board for a child in need of emergency shelter.
Why donate on #GivingTuesday over any other day?
#GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to truly impact the lives of our neighbors in need this holiday season. Why? Because this year, United Way of Greater Cleveland and Medical Mutual will to take your donation even further with a $20,000 matching grant. That means that your gift will have twice the impact.
This season of giving, give.
When we come together and give back, we can positively impact the lives of those in need. Our #GivingTuesday campaign was an extremely successful reflection of the true meaning of giving! Your support, whether it was an online gift or a message shared on your social networks, will help change the lives of people in our great, diverse community.
Each gift made during #GivingTuesday was matched dollar-for-dollar because of an incredibly generous $50,000 challenge grant from Medical Mutual. As a result, more than $55,000 was raised to help reduce the effects of poverty, advance education, strengthen financial stability and maintain health making our community a better place to live and work.
See firsthand how your support during #GivingTuesday, and every day, changes lives for the better.
Thanks again. Together, we’ll make Cleveland even greater.
The path to my interaction with United Way began in 1983, when I was 17. My father decided one day he was tired of being a father, and left for parts unknown. It was like a Bruce Springsteen song: He went out for a ride and he never came back. My mother was incapacitated, in the final stage of Lou Gehrig’s disease. I had one brother, who was three years younger than me.
I tried to finish high school and take care of the family myself, which meant part-time jobs on nights and weekends. But I did not understand the economics of survival: shelter, clothing, food and health care. I was young and proud and angry, and thought I could do it all by myself. It did not take long to start missing rent payments; to realize my brother and I were growing out of our clothes and there was no way to replace them; to watch the pantry and fridge quickly empty; to start the process of moving every few months, chasing lower and lower rents. Continue reading “A lesson in community”