We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
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. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.
United Way of Greene County wants to encourage giving to the Family Resource Center. The Family Resource Center serves our school children and their primary job is to identify problems that are interfering with a child’s ability to concentrate on their education. These problems are usually related to home and family, led by hunger, parent incarceration, homelessness, etc. The Family Resource Center makes home visits and tries to address a wide variety of issues through a host of community resources, many of them United Way agencies. Sometimes, the need is very specific and unique and there is no other resource available for help. Any gifts given through Giving Tuesday will be matched.
The first recipient from the fund was a single parent with two children. The mother was only able to work part-time. Several months ago, their water bill skyrocketed and a leak between the street and their house was diagnosed as the problem. Their water bills were ranging between $300 and $400 each month. The mother had several bids from plumbers to fix the problem, but the lowest was over $2000 and she could not raise the funds to make the repair. The high water bills were straining the family budget severely. The Family Resource Center was able to secure a plumber’s services at a reduced rate, and organized three different churches to give to the project. The final $400 for the repair came from the Stan Ritter Fund. The family’s water bills have dropped back into the $20-$30/month range and they are working on recovering from their financial stress of the past several months due to the inflated water bills. With less stress in the home, the children have the materials they need and are able to concentrate on their education.