The countdown to turkey time is on, and so is the official beginning to the holiday season. Since Thanksgiving has now become synonymous with consumerism, many of us are anxious to dig into those Black Friday deals. In recent years, Thanksgiving shopping has transformed into a days-long marathon of themed shopping days packed with special discounts. One of these days, however, was created to give back to your community.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is Giving Tuesday, which encourages people to donate their time and resources to civic organizations and nonprofits. Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for people to help support their communities.
It goes without saying that many people in the Northern Kentucky area struggle each day with things that many of us take for granted. There are a number of local organizations striving to help our underprivileged community members. Giving Tuesday has created a perfect platform for giving back to those in need throughout our area, and an opportunity to help create a memorable season for locals in need.
If you need some ideas on how to give back on Giving Tuesday, below you will find some of our favorite local organizations. Feel free to share with us in the comments or on Facebook about your favorite places to give back.
Henry Hosea House
The Hosea House has been serving the Northern Kentucky community for decades by providing nourishment for their clients. The Hosea House accepts monetary donations, food items, and personal care items. You can also sign up for a volunteer shift, in which you can help prepare meals and/or serve them to the community.
St. Vincent de Paul
This organization operates four thrift stores and donation centers throughout the area. The proceeds from the stores are used to provide support for those in need. You can help by donating items to one of their locations in Erlanger, Florence, Newport, or Falmouth. Also, you can sign up to volunteer.
Welcome House Northern Kentucky
This Covington-based organization is best known for their mission to end homelessness. Welcome House offers a selection of volunteer opportunities, and there's certainly something that would fit any type of volunteer. They are always in need of Resource Bags to distribute to their clients. Welcome House describes these bags as “different 'themed' bags so our direct service employees can distribute much needed resources to our clients with great ease and efficiency.” These bags cover a variety of categories – everything from personal hygiene items and diaper bags to seasonal items can be created. You can also make a monetary donation at any time.
Like the Hosea House, Fairhaven has been known throughout Northern Kentucky for providing hot meals and helpful services to the area's disadvantaged. Fairhaven is another local organization that offers a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Brighton CenterIs there anything the Brighton Center doesn't do to help our community? Like many of the other organizations, Brighton Center happily accepts donations and has various volunteer activities. The Brighton Center is very active during the holiday season, and relies on the generous locals to help with their annual Holiday Drive.