November 28, 2017

Giving Tuesday: Awesome Ways To Get Involved!



We're hot off the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a couple of the biggest shopping days of the year. It's a perfect time to reset with Giving Tuesday - where charities, families, businesses, etc. come together to celebrate and encourage giving. I love it because anyone, anywhere can get involved and give back in a way that's meaningful to them. It doesn't have to be monetary donations either - giving your time, offering your services or expertise, and simple acts of kindness are all fantastic and meaningful ways to get involved. Everybody has something they can give, and every act makes a difference! 😊





HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY
  
There's an awesome search tool on the GivingTuesday.org website, where you can find local nonprofits within your own community. See the search page here and enter your city/state to find out what's going on near you. It's a really cool way to learn about and get involved with causes right in your own community!



A COUPLE OF MY FAVORITE NONPROFITS


There are so many incredible organizations out there doing amazing things. (Hooray!) Two that are especially near and dear to my heart:

 The Barn Sanctuary (in my beautiful home state of Michigan) 
Heartland Farm Sanctuary (located in Madison, WI)

I had the privilege of visiting Heartland Farm Sanctuary with my husband and daughter a couple years ago and it was an absolutely unforgettable experience. (You can see photos from our farm tour here.) I highly recommend visiting a farm sanctuary and would love to hear about it if you do!



HOW TO HELP THE ANIMALS!


On each farm sanctuary site linked above, you can find options to donate, sponsor animals, volunteer your time, and often other creative ways to get involved. One of my favorite ways to help is through their Amazon wish list! (Because how cool is it to buy a Christmas gift for a cow or goat?!) The sanctuaries make a list of the exact items needed so you can browse, purchase, and have it shipped right to them. So awesome! See their wish lists here:




AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM

Also quickly worth noting is the Amazon Smile program. When you sign up and shop through Amazon smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchase to your selected charity. There are almost 1 million charitable organizations to choose from (and both these farm sanctuaries I mentioned are eligible). It's an easy way to give back just through purchases you make (you know, if Amazon's your thing) 😉



I'd LOVE to hear your favorite nonprofits and how you celebrate #GivingTuesday! I encourage you to find your passion and put it to work to make the world a better place, today and everyday 🌍💖 -Kaitlin



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