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#GivingTuesday 2020: December 1st

#GivingTuesday is right around the corner. Here are reasons why we need your help.

By William Mooney Sloneker

On December 1st, the world will celebrate #GivingTuesday—the international day of giving intended to raise awareness and support for nonprofits of all missions and sizes. If you are able, we hope you celebrate with a gift to Catholic Charities.

This year, a group of generous donors have offered $30,000 in matching funds and are challenging us to raise the same amount—or more—before 11:59 p.m. that day. At a time of such immense need, here is a prime opportunity to double your gift.

Since its inception in 2012, #GivingTuesday has only grown. In its first year, the holiday generated $10 million worldwide. In 2019, it had grown to $511 million. This explosive growth is a testament to our collective generosity.

Obviously, this year is very different. You may recall #GivingTuesdayNow this spring, a special, spur-of-the-moment effort developed in response to the first surge of coronavirus and the myriad ways it had upended daily life. Just as the pandemic rears its head before a what promises to be a challenging winter, the regularly scheduled #GivingTuesday appears on the calendar as an occasion to provide relief and show solidarity once again.

Catholic Charities has been on the frontlines the entire time, because whether it’s a time of crisis or normalcy, our network of agencies is always embedded in communities addressing virtually every human need. Our response to the pandemic has included:

  • Emergency cash assistance for thousands of families with lost or reduced employment
  • 1 Million meals provided in less than 6 months
  • Expansion of hunger relief programs, including pop-up food pantries designed to address increased need while respecting social distancing
  • Answering as many as 1,200 calls for help a day at our call center, from New Yorkers seeking advice and resources for surviving the pandemic
  • Over 100,000 telehealth mental health and wellness calls
  • Eviction prevention
  • Childcare for essential working parents
  • Operational support to affiliated agencies and much more

You make this possible, the work of providing help and creating hope. The constellation of caring, professional case managers, counselors, volunteers, attorneys, and more could not exist without the compassion and contributions of neighbors like you.

We recognize that while this year has touched and changed us all, its effects have not always been equal. We ask you to give if you are able, understanding that the hardships encountered this year will preclude some from participating. We keep you in our payers.

Ultimately, #GivingTuesday is about all of us, the rising tide of contributions both small and large, and the senses of community and kindness that animate giving in the first place. Will you join us in this celebration and give what you can?

Thank you.

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