GivingTuesday a chance to help nonprofits

Published 8:15 am Saturday, November 26, 2022

After indulging ourselves with holiday feasts and discounted shopping over Thanksgiving weekend, GAgives is asking everyone to continue the thankful spirit and give a little back on GivingTuesday.

Rather than buying things on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or even Small Business Saturday, GivingTuesday asks people to give generously.

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year that aims to improve the world through radical generosity. The movement was created in 2012 with the simple idea of encouraging people to do good. In the past ten years, the effort has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires millions around the world to give and celebrate generosity.

The movement is almost antithetical to the traditional shopping days after Thanksgiving. Rather than buying things. GivingTuesday simply asks that you give, whether by donation or just your time.

With inflation, nonprofits across the state are seeing increased demand, fewer volunteers and staffing shortages, according to the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN), which hosts GAgives on GivingTuesday each year.

Many local nonprofits in LaGrange and Troup County participate in and accept donations through GAgives for GivingTuesday including: Harmony House Domestic Violence Shelter, LaGrange Troup County Homeless Coalition, Living Hope International and New Ventures.

One local nonprofit participating in GivingTuesday, Living Hope for Honduras, is making a positive impact halfway around the world.

Living Hope for Honduras is a faith-based charity in LaGrange that helps impoverished individuals in the country of Honduras.

Living Hope Board Secretary Jan Oliver said that the program has been working in Honduras for about 30 years, but it the officially organized in 2014.

“We work with different churches, in different communities, in the area of Olancho, which is kind of like a state in Honduras,” Oliver said. “We work with children in schools, we get scholarships for students from seventh through 12th grade.”

“We’ve had quite a lot of success with that. A lot of people in LaGrange sponsor these students. Their school starts in February and goes to the end of the year,” Oliver said,

“It’s $375 per student but that, and that has kept kids in school, which we’re really proud of,” Oliver said. “We were also able to get some supplies for them, which are in real short supply in Honduras.”