Giving Tuesday is December 3rd, 2019!
In the United States, the day after Thanksgiving has come to be known as Black Friday – a day of sales and discounts at stores across the nation ushering in the start of the holiday shopping season. In recent years, Black Friday has been followed by Cyber Monday, a day when online retailers offer sales and deals to shoppers. Thus, while Thanksgiving is a national holiday that brings families together in a celebration of gratitude, Black Friday and Cyber Monday celebrate consumerism, encouraging people to buy material goods.
In an effort to move away from the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving has been declared Giving Tuesday, a day celebrating a spirit of generosity and charity during the holiday season. Giving Tuesday is now an international campaign encouraging people to give back to their communities. As the official website states, “#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges.”
Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for everyone to give back to the causes and communities they care about. While many social workers give back to their communities by providing services to people in need all year-round, Giving Tuesday offer social workers a chance to celebrate the spirit of generosity by giving back in other ways. Here are some Giving Tuesday ideas especially for social workers!
Make a Donation to a Cause you Care About – Donations are the hallmark of Giving Tuesday, offering a convenient way for people to make a contribution to the issues and organizations they care about. For Giving Tuesday, social workers too are invited to make a donation of any amount to a non-profit whose work they want to support!
Volunteer – Time is one of our most valuable resources, and you can choose to give your time as a volunteer on Giving Tuesday. Social workers have many valuable skills to offer to organizations and events in need of volunteers. If you can’t volunteer on Giving Tuesday, use Giving Tuesday to sign up to volunteer another day!
Start an online fundraiser – On Giving Tuesday, why not encourage other people to give to an organization or cause that’s important to you? You can start an online fundraiser to maximize your donation. Many social media platforms now offer easy solutions for fundraising online. You might even start an online fundraiser to support the organization or agency where you work as a social worker!
Advocate for policy change – For most people, including governmental representatives, Giving Tuesday is another day in the workweek. That means you can take the opportunity to contact your representatives about policies that you think are in need of change. Get in touch with your legislators to give them your professional opinion on policies that are harmful or causing difficulty for your clients. Or, call a legislator who has done positive work in your community and thank them for their efforts – let them know what an impact they have made on your work and your clients.
Self-care – On Giving Tuesday, don’t forget to give back to your self by practicing self-care. Take the time to do whatever is relaxing or pleasurable for you. Self-care is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself, and to your clients, as a healthy social worker is a better social worker!