It’s Giving Tuesday. Here’s How to Pay it Forward

Boothbay Treasures participant Bob McKay shows his support for #GivingTuesday.
Boothbay Treasures participant Bob McKay shows his support for #GivingTuesday. –Margaret Hoffman

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of caring and giving back.

Folks around the world are paying it forward by volunteering, donating, and supporting a plethora of causes today. GivingTuesday.org highlights Giving Tuesday movements happening around the country, and three are in taking place in New England—in Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut. Find out more about these campaigns.

Giving Tuesday Somerville: Give Local

There are 15 nonprofit organizations joining forces in Somerville today to host the first annual Giving Tuesday Somerville: Give Local. Jimmy Tingle will emcee a telethon hosted on Somerville Community Access Television Channel 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The telecast will include expert panel discussions, public service announcements, and local celebrities. The organization hopes to raise $50,000 for Somerville’s nonprofit community. You can donate online through midnight.

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Participating organizations include Cores Somerville, CAAS Community Action Agency of Somerville, Family Equality Council, Groundwork Somerville, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), Mystic Learning Center, Respond Inc. – Working to End Domestic Violence, Second Changes, Inc., Catholic Charities of Boston – St. Patrick’s Shelter, Somerville Cambridge Elder Services, Somerville Community Access Television, Somerville Community Corporation (SCC), Somerville Homeless Coalition, Somerville Local First, and The Welcome Project.

Boothbay Treasures

Attention Mainers! Looking to give back today? Attend a basement clean-up party, a community supper, and more.

There are 26 nonprofits in the Boothbay Region of Maine that have banded together under the name Boothbay Treasures to encourage folks to give back today.

The basement clean-up party is happening at Boothbay Region Land Trust from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the free community supper will take place tonight at Boothbay Region Elementary School from 5 to 7 p.m. All donations at the dinner will go to the nonprofits involved in today’s effort. Looking for more giving opportunities in Maine today? Contact Valerie Young at vyoung@bigelow.org or call her at 207-315-2567 ext. 107.

Boothbay Treasures participating organizations include Bead for Life, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay Region Ambulance Service, Boothbay Region Community Resource Council, Boothbay Region District Nursing Association, Boothbay Region Garden Club, Boothbay Region Health & Wellness Foundation, Boothbay Region Historical Society, Boothbay Region Land Trust, Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund, Boothbay Region YMCA, Boothbay Sea and Science Center, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Friends of the Library, Hope Haitian Ministries, Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse, Institute for Family-Owned Business, Lincoln Arts Festival, Lincoln County Healthcare, Lincoln County Triad, Maine State Aquarium, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, and Southport Memorial Library Aides.

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Greenwich Gives

Are you looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping? Why not give back at the same time? New Englanders can support local nonprofit groups by shopping at Connecticut’s “Greenwich Gives’’ event. For the first time on Giving Tuesday, shops on Greenwich Avenue will be abuzz with perks such as sweet treats and discounts while donating a portion of the revenues to Greenwich Hospital and Volunteers On Call, an organization dedicated to the creation of domestic and international service opportunities.

Greenwich Gives participating venues include Anam Cara Gallery, Baccarat, Beam & Barre, Benefit Cosmetics, Bistro Versailles, Blues Jean Bar, Calypso, Carlisle, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Diane’s Books, ELLELA, Erika Bloom Pilates, J.Crew, Lululemon, Mediterraneo, Meli Melo, Organic Planet, Richards, ROAM, Saks Fifth Avenue, Simon Pearce, SoulCycle, Splurge, Terra, Vilebrequin, Vineyard Vines, Warren Tricomi, and Yogasmoga.

The giving doesn’t stop there in New England. Here are some other #GivingTuesday #Boston causes we spotted on Twitter:

How are you giving back this Tuesday? Let us know in the comments below!

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