We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals….Wouldn't it be nice to have a day for giving back?
Dr. Sarah Petschonek , a Memphian wanted to show [according to her blog] the adventure side of volunteering – the things you find, the places you see, and the people you meet when you open yourself up to the idea of exploring your city and helping others.
In doing so, Dr. Petschonek came up with Mission Memphis: 30 Days of Volunteering where she volunteers at a different place every day in the month of November. Currently she has volunteered for such organizations as BRIDGES, St. Mary's Soup Kitchen and GrowMemphis. (click here to see the entire list)
#GivingTuesday is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.
Giving Tuesday was started by Henry Timms, deputy executive director of the Jewish community center 92nd Street Y, and Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation. Timms began thinking about the concept during the holidays last year, and the idea gained momentum this past spring.
With over 7,000 registered 5013c's in the Memphis area, there are always hundreds of organizations looking for volunteers and donations in your own backyard.
How will you give back today? Tell us in the comments below!