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: www.givingtuesday.org or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday.