Fulton County Habitat For Humanity Joins National Giving Tuesday Movement

VR LOGO - WEBFulton County, Ohio – November 4, 2014 – Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County, Ohio has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.

Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.

Habitat of Fulton County will coincide the #GivingTuesday initiative with its annual contribution campaign to raise funds to build a decent, safe, affordable home for a local family in need. We hope to begin this project in spring of 2015. Donors will be added to the Square Foot Club – every $50 donated builds one square foot of this home; approximately 1350 square feet total is needed to complete this project. 561 square feet have been raised to date, leaving an additional 789 square feet needed to reach the current goal.

Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y (92Y), came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. Thought leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizing joined with 92Y to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector. The concept gained steam, and with the help of the United Nations Foundation and other founding partners, more than 10,000 organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results.

“#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.”

Pledges and donations can be made by individuals, groups, families, workplace teams, corporations and groups representing faith-based organizations. All donations are tax-deductible. Those interested in joining #GivingTuesday for Habitat for Humanity of Fulton County, Ohio can visit www.habitatfco.org, www.facebook.com/habitatfco, mail donations to: PO Box 333, Delta, Ohio 43515 or contact our office: 419-335-7000 or director@habitatfco.org for more information. Donations and pledges to volunteer are both needed and can be part of #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday is meant to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world.

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