(A version of the following was originally published here in 2014. Images used with permission.)
I work with words online, but in my offline life, my job involves working with numbers. I’m one of those “bean counters” in the Accounting Office getting in the way of your creative ideas because there’s not enough money to do them. I have attempted to compensate for the dry soullessness of my profession by using my powers for good–that is, I’ve spent most of my career working for organizations that do good. I count beans in the nonprofit sector, where there are rarely enough beans to go around.
Tomorrow–December 1, 2015–is the fourth annual #GivingTuesday, designated as the Tuesday immediately following the super-shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York City’s 92nd Street Y, partnering with the United Nations Foundation, with a simple mission:
“#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.”
#GivingTuesday is timed to fall in line with the year-end/holiday-season giving appeals launched by many nonprofits. It’s the most charitable time of the year!
#GivingTuesday’s website has links to locally organized giving “movements” across the USA and around the world, but if there’s not one near you, don’t let that stop you! All you need to do is find a cause you believe in and an organization that works to support it, and give some support to them.
Many nonprofits are now equipped to receive donations via credit card or Paypal on their websites, but they’ll happily take checks in the mail as well. And it doesn’t have to be big money, or even any money–all contributions are welcome and gratefully accepted. For example:
- Volunteer a few hours to a special event, or to help out every week
- Donate gently used clothing or household items for use or sale
- Contribute a new toy or book to a holiday gift drive
- When the POS terminal at the store asks if you want to add a dollar amount to your purchase to support its charity, say “yes”
Aviva is an an official #GivingTuesday partner, and I invite you to consider us in your Giving tomorrow. But if it’s not to us, give somewhere, and know you’re meeting a real need. I speak as someone who has long worked within the nonprofit sector. I’m intimately familiar with what we give to our communities, and intimately aware of the costs of that giving.
Your community has many of these givers. They’re healing, caring, educating, and advocating for those who turn to them for help. On #GivingTuesday, I hope you’ll give something back to them and help them keep giving.
Taking a noncommittal, one-week-at-a-time approach to NaBloPoMo–I honestly can’t remember if I officially signed up to participate–got me through four weeks of daily blogging, so I’m not all that worried about seeing it through the last two days of November. I think what made it work was seeing it as an opportunity to mix up my content, try a few new things, and give some old things a new lease on life. Nonfiction November provided the […]
This, sadly, is not my local bookstore, but I wish it were, and I’m envious if it’s yours! Today is Small Business Saturday and Indies First Day. If you can, go forth and shop local! This is not a sponsored post. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 9 other subscribers Email Address
I’m not officially participating in Jenn’s Thankfully Reading Weekend–although I will be very thankful for any reading time I get this weekend!–but today’s post comes via her and Michelle. Michelle asks what makes today a Fabulous Friday. Well, the fact I slept way past 5 AM and am writing this post while still in bad certainly helps, but it’s mostly because of this thing that happened yesterday: The walker is something new that came home […]
For the beauty in this world For health and family and those we hold near and dear For what matters most of all Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 9 other subscribers Email Address
This was previously published on The List App, and inspired by a song that came up in my husband’s iTunes playlist while we were in the car one evening. If you recognize where it comes from, you might remember the Reagan Years. PLACES WHERE THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL WAS STILL BEATING, CIRCA 1984 New York, New York LA–Hollywood and the Sunset Strip D.C. San Antonio Philadelphia, a.k.a “The Liberty Town” Boston Baton Rouge […]
This was originally posted on The List App. Apparently, my cosplaying inspiration is stuck at a fixed point in time and space. TARDIS Galliftey One, 2013 TARDIS Wondercon, 2013 TARDIS Galliftey One, 2014 TARDIS Wondercon, 2014 TARDIS, RenFaire Variation Renaissance Pleasure Faire, 2014 TARDIS Comikaze Expo, 2015 Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 9 other subscribers Email Address
The day started with a motorcycle and ended in a hospital, but despite what you might suspect, one had nothing to do with the other! But to begin by backtracking, this happened last Sunday: Yesterday. Paul and I began our morning with a ride to Malibu on his motorcycle, where this happened along the way: When I took my phone out of my jacket pocket after we got home, I found this text: An hour […]
My one-week-at-a-time approach toNaBloPoMo has worked for 22 days, but this may be the week it falls apart. Last week was a crazy-busy one for work–meetings, producing reports, redesigning other reports–and a rotten one for reading. I’m close to the end of three different books, but haven’t managed to make enough reading time to actually finish any of them…and even if I did get there in the next day or two, I’m not seeing much […]
As the holiday movie season gets underway, this message comes from my local Regal Cinema. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 9 other subscribers Email Address
I’m more than halfway through NaBloPoMo now and that’s motivating me to finish the month, so even though it wasn’t pre-scheduled to go up at 5:30 this morning, there is a post today. (And to make up for being late, this week’s link list is almost twice as long as usual!) This week’s link roundup is brought to you via OneTab, with thanks to Two Bossy Dames for mentioning that it exists! Good to Read […]
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir Felicia Day (book website) (Twitter) (Facebook) Audiobook read by the author Touchstone Books (August 2015), hardcover (ISBN 1476785651 / 9781476785653) Nonfiction: memoir, 272 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Simon & Schuster Audio, August 2015, ISBN 9781442386822) This review contains links to indiebound.org In the introduction to her memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Felicia Day describes herself as “Comic-Con famous.” In the nerdy, Comic-Con-adjacent circles I hover […]
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Career of Evil (A Cormoran Strike Novel) Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) Audiobook read by Robert Glenister Mulholland Books (October 2015), hardcover (ISBN 0316349933 / 9780316349932) Fiction (mystery/crime), 512 pages Source: Purchased audiobook (Hachette Audio, October 2015, 9781478962670, Audible ASIN B014JXQMEG) This review contains affiliate links to Indiebound.org. A few weeks ago, not long after I’d found myself idly wondering when J.K. Rowling’s crime-writing alter ego, Robert Galbraith, would have a new book […]
Nontraditional Nonfiction: This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction. Nonfiction comes in many forms. There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, and enhanced books complete with artifacts. So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not […]