As we move into Thanksgiving-Hanukkah week, many of us are struggling to finish academic work (studying, writing papers, grading) while also thinking about the holidays to come. The newspapers have squeezed out even more substance to make room for advertisements, and we may also find ourselves thinking of the gifts we have to buy. We have plenty of encouragement to do so. After all, there is Black Friday, when we are to line up early to grab deals in our favorite stores. Then there is Cyber Monday — when we can feel hipper about rushing to find gadgets without having to line up with the techless.
A couple of years ago, The 92nd St Y helped launch Giving Tuesday, an effort to turn attention away from buying stuff we may not need to giving resources to those who really do need them. This is from the organization’s website:
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.
Wesleyan signed on as a partner institution for Giving Tuesday this year. On that day, Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Wesleyan Fund is conducting a one-day campaign to support our alma mater through contributions. Your gift through the Fund, no matter how small, helps the university with its current needs, including financial aid. Without the $5, $10 and $25 gifts from thousands of alumni (that accumulate to more than $10 million each year), the Wesleyan experience would not be what it is.
Of course, there are many worthy causes to support on Giving Tuesday. If Wesleyan is our cause, we are likely to have many others. From supporting the fight against long-term perils like climate change and extreme poverty to dealing with acute crises like the situation in the Philippines, there are many ways to participate in Giving Tuesday. As we celebrate the holidays, let’s remember to sustain our causes with energetic generosity! Whether you support financial aid at Wesleyan or other great organizations led by Wes alums, like SHOFCO, MINDS, RefugePoint, Brighter Dawns; tutoring in Traverse Square; or volunteering at Green Street Art Center and Macdonough School… PLEASE PARTICIPATE in Giving Tuesday.