As we approach the holidays, I implore all community members to stop and think about what you are thankful for. For many in our community, it is a struggle to get by without the generous support of their neighbors. This Giving Tuesday, November 29th, I ask that you give back to your community. You can help your favorite organization create a lasting impact in our area. If you are unable to give financially, then please, reach out to lend a hand. Volunteers are always needed to do almost any task. Giving Tuesday, the worldwide day of giving, has only existed for 5 years. It was started by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations as a way to connect individuals with nonprofits, communities and organizations whose common goal is to encourage and celebrate giving back to our communities. The hashtag #GivingTuesday generated over 1.3 million social media mentions in 71 countries in 2015 alone and $116.7 million was raised in 2015 on Giving Tuesday.
If you are unsure who to give to, I have provided a list of trusted community impact agencies United Way of Wapello County has partnered with this year. Every one of these organizations is a trusted nonprofit. The United Way requires each partner to be fully audited every year so you can trust your donation will have a lasting impact. If you would like to learn more about these organizations please utilize the links or call:
American Home Finding-call 641.682.3449
American Red Cross-http://www.redcross.org/local/iowa
Food Bank of Southern Iowa- http://www.foodbankofsoutherniowa.org/PaymentType.html
Friends of Iowa CASA & ICFCRB- http://www.iowacasafriends.org/make-a-donation.html
Southern Iowa Mental Health- contact Tracy Peden at 641.682. 8772
Al Exito!- https://alexitoiowa.org/
Hospice of Wapello & Davis Counties- call 641-682-0684
Iowa Legal Aid- http://www.iowalegalaid.org/donate
You can also go to the United Way of Wapello County’s website to learn more about all of these organizations or to make a donation that will impact all of these entities. Simply go to wapellocouw.org to learn more.