Giving Tuesday is upon us! What a big day! If you are unaware, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, is Giving Tuesday. It’s your chance to be thankful for all that you have and give back, making a positive difference in the lives of others.
December 1, 2020 is a huge day because it’s been quite a year, but if you’re reading this, you’re still standing! So I just want to help give you a few ways you can help this Giving Tuesday whether it’s money, supplies, or time!
First off, as you may know, WIDA partners with SHAREOmaha and SHAREOmaha offers #GivingTuesday712. They have teamed up with the Pottawattamie County Community Foundation to get 20% matching donations and there are some great Pott. Co. organizations on the list! One of them is actually PCCF – they do a great job of giving out grants each spring to our local towns and advocating for the rural areas.
Another great option is the Pottawattamie County Trails Association. They work to get trails set up county-wide. It’s not an easy process, but they are committed.
The TS Community Foundation is a set up by TS Bank and as you know WIDA has worked with TS Bank on some projects this year. They are looking to beef up their giving to local communities. I’m sure they’d appreciate your support!
The Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation provides education and finds funding to preserve natural habitat. They work with our county parks to expand their reach. We are blessed to have a rich natural environment here in Pott. Co.
Golden Hills RC&D works to protect that environment along with its land and water features. I might be a little partial because I work in the same building but I have to give them a big shout-out. A majority of the work they do is grant-based and they work very hard to get funding to improve our county. They are a best-kept secret here in Pott. Co. and deserve our attention!
Another nonprofit close to my heart is Impact Hill in Oakland. They are just in their beginning years of changing the old Riverside High School into a nonprofit offering recreational and educational facilities. Not only can you donate money to them on #GivingTuesday but they are having a painting party, too! So if you don’t have the money but do have the time, head to Impact Hill between 10am and 6pm! They will be happy to have you help them spruce up the place!
Another organization that definitely would also take your time is the Teammates Mentoring Program. As someone who worked in a school, I can tell you this program makes a huge difference for the kids who need that extra time with an adult. If you have it in you, please make this one of your donations.
Family, Inc. does great things, too! They have an office in Walnut and they help families in the area with whatever needs they might have, as well as hosting family events throughout the year!
Another place I can’t help but mention on this day is the Pottawattamie County Recycling Center! If you’re looking to donate used stuff like books, toys, furniture, etc. from your house or business you no longer use, the Recycling Center has the Swap Shop which is quite similar to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and they’d be happy to take your stuff for free and let those in need get it this Christmas. The Center sits between Oakland and Hancock and is a great resource!
I also want to tell you that Keast Motors in Oakland with help from The Buck Snort will be hosting their annual Riverside Toy Drive. They collect toys till December 16 that go to local families in need and all remaining toys are given to Family, Inc. so let’s help them fill their truck! Suggestions they gave: Nerf guns, board games, puzzles, Legos, ear buds, lotion, nail polish, crew socks for guys, reusable water bottles, tractors, trucks, craft kits, etc.
Finally, I have to give a big shout-out to Destination Coffee and Cuisine in Oakland as they are donating all tips on #GivingTuesday to Shoebox Angels by Mischa Martens, who just also happens to not only be my sister but a Pott. Co. business owner of 35 years who does gift boxes for many of the local shelters each Christmas. She’d also take donations of items such as unused underwear, hats, mittens, and snacks.
So whether you want to donate money, supplies, or time, Pott. Co. has ways you can help, and I always say the best way to appreciate your own life is by doing something for others.
Get out there and show the world how Pott. Co. does #GivingTuesday!
PS – If you know of other rural Pott. Co. organizations who we need to know about, please put them in the comments! Thank you!