Goodwill Southeast Georgia Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Goodwill Southeast Georgia has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
When you give your gently used goods or financial donations to Goodwill, you create jobs and change lives. In 2016, 86.4% of funds raised went directly to creating jobs and career program services right here in Savannah and Southeast Georgia. Goodwill Southeast Georgia proudly served 264 veterans and placed 1,210 individuals into employment last year, helping people overcome disability and other barrier to employment.
The organization “92Y” - a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back - conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2016, the fifth year of #GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness.
"We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality," said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. "As we embark on our sixth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation."
Those who are interested in joining Goodwill Southeast Georgia's #GivingTuesday initiative can visit