, Newburyport, MA

Local News

November 28, 2013

Tuesday declared 'Day of Giving'

NEWBURYPORT — Mayor Donna Holaday has proclaimed Tuesday, Dec. 3, as “#GivingTuesday,” Newburyport’s Day of Giving.

#GivingTuesday is 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 action to give back in new ways to the charities and causes they support.

The idea of #GivingTuesday is to use social media to create a national moment of giving around the holidays, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are now synonymous with holiday shopping.

Opportunity Works, Inc. is among the nonprofits participating in the day, as another way to show its gratitude for the support it receives from the community throughout the year. Opportunity Works signed on to Giving Tuesday as a way to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action related to charitable giving.

Opportunity Works supports individuals from communities across the Merrimack Valley through their person-centered programs. Daily and independent living skills are taught and lessons are implemented to improve memory, concentration and communication skills. The organization offers a broad range of daily activities that take place in a variety of community settings such as museums, parks, farms, theaters, fitness clubs, salons and local volunteer groups.

In 2012, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y in New York City, came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. Leaders in philanthropy, social media and grass-roots organizing joined with 92nd Street Y to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector.

The concept gained steam, and by bringing together a group of founding partners, a nationwide series of discussions about how to make #GivingTuesday a success is already under way. Each week, new organizations join the movement.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, visit the website: or on Facebook:

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
Special Features