Help your community this holiday season with Giving Tuesday

As the holiday season approaches, many of us are starting to think about how we can give back to those around us. While this traditionally stops at the act of gift-giving to friends and family, initiatives such as Giving Tuesday encourage us to approach the giving spirit a bit differently and help give back to our community.

On November 29, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Americans are encouraged to participate in Giving Tuesday by donating to a non-profit organization, volunteering some of their time, or simply speaking out and having their voices be heard. In whatever way possible, Giving Tuesday asks us to think about how we can all come together at this time of giving and help strengthen our community ties.

The Giving Tuesday website suggests a number of starting points for how to get involved, such as directly reaching out to organizations in your own community and asking what they may need, providing your skills pro bono to organizations in need, checking your surroundings for where your help may be best suited, and simply donating to a cause you believe in.

When you support a local non-profit, you support local business. The average Pima county resident spends an additional $700 on gifts and decorations every holiday season. Giving Tuesday asks us to take a portion of that to invest back into our community and help those in need. That money stays in our community and directly helps those around us. Every dollar counts, and participating in Giving Tuesday is a great way to spread some holiday cheer.

Within Arizona, there are a number of organizations advocating for meaningful causes that always need more help and support. By banding together and supporting the organizations that help build our communities, we can keep building a better Arizona. If you’d like to participate in Giving Tuesday, we’ve made a list of the local non-profit organizations and LFA members that you can help support, including the Local First Arizona Foundation. The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance will also be giving a portion of ticket purchases for next year's Savor Food and Wine Festival to the Local First Arizona Foundation for Giving Tuesday.