December 03, 2013

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. LIVE UNITED Today!

Black Friday…Cyber Monday…for many people that means buying gifts for people they love and saving some money, too! But what if you could take the money you saved and invest it to make your local community better and help people in need? That’s what #GivingTuesday is all about!  LIVE UNITED and give today online. It's easy. It's quick. And your gift is more than that. It's an investment in your local community. When you help people in need, when you change just one life, our entire community is better. Our future is brighter. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED. 

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Today, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, we invite you to join the second annual #GivingTuesday, an opportunity for all of us to come together and redefine what it really means "to give."  This year, LIVE UNITED and be “#unselfie” and give to United Way of Cass-Clay on #GivingTuesday! You can give quickly, easily and conveniently online right here on our new website!

What is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is more than a national day of giving; it's a growing movement of nearly 7,000 partners that includes nonprofits, private companies, youth, parents and other members of the community who are committed to making a difference. On this day, you will have the opportunity to write a check to a worthy cause if you so wish, but you can also give your time, your voice, your talents and your expertise. This day is also an opportunity to redefine giving as much more than an act of short-term charity for a few; when you give, you can become an essential part of long-term solutions that benefit everyone.

United Way of Cass-Clay and the local organizations that are our Community Partners, focus on Education, Income Stability, Heath and Basic Needs like food, shelter and safety because these are the building blocks for a better quality life and a stronger community.

Stacey D. Stewart, the U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, shared her comments about how we can live every day like it’s #Giving Tuesday. You can read her full article here.

She said:
"This notion of mutual interdependence is particularly obvious to young people because they are the first generation to grow up in such a globalized world. The forces of globalization - social media chief among them -- are plugging us in, bringing us all a little closer and providing tools that instantly connect us to information, ideas and each other.Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist, has said that globalization is creating "super-empowered individuals." We are focused on "Super-Empowered Communities," comprised of people and organizations creating positive change that builds opportunity for all.

We firmly believe that the best is yet to come. We encourage you to be a part of a shared vision for a better future. We invite you to give, to advocate, to volunteer. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED, and that's the broader definition of giving at the heart of #GivingTuesday. This can be about more than one day, or even about more than an annual holiday tradition of philanthropy. This can be the beginning of an ongoing commitment - a watershed moment in which each of us reexamines the role we play in lifting up our communities."

So, will you give on #GivingTuesday? Locally, our United Way here in Fargo is investing in the lives of people right here in Cass & Clay Counties.

Did you know that 1 in 8 people here in our two-county area live in poverty? That’s about 28,000 local people…and about 6,000 are children. Wow. When you invest in United Way of Cass-Clay, you’re investing in help and solutions for people in need and planning for the future. We know that to break the cycle of poverty, we must invest resources in Education. If we can prepare our children, young people, and students for success, we know we can break the cycle of poverty and give everyone the opportunities they need to succeed.

LIVE UNITED. Give today. Thank you for making this important investment in your community.

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