Around the holidays there’s a day to give thanks on Thanksgiving, a day to flood the stores on Black Friday, a day to hover over computers on Cyber Monday, and now with your help, we’ll establish a day to give back: November 27th, #GivingTuesday.
The mission is to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. Recently Groupon Grassroots manager, Patty Huber Morrissey, spoke about Groupon’s partnership with the cause.
Voluntourism is soaring in popularity, but the barriers to participate still make it inaccessible to many. Check out today’s Groupon Getaways deal featuring bulidOn, an organization that works to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. The volunteer experience combines both economic aid and physical exertion for an experience that ultimately empowers the members in underresourced communities to take control of their educations and futures, while enabling personal transformation in volunteers.
With this once-in-a-lifetime deal, volunteers will spend seven days with a host family and work alongside locals to build a school in Nicaragua or Nepal where volunteers will be joined by The Amazing Race winners Ernie and Cindy. And to top it off, for every trip purchased, buildOn will provide the same guided service experience to an inner-city student from the United States.
It’s Earth Day; happy birthday Earth! This year, the Earth turns the big 4-0-0, and we’re committed to helping the planet reach 401 by supporting environmental Earth Day campaigns. Groupon honors its signature green with the launch of Groupon Grassroots —formerly G-Team.
Chicago- Cabrini Connections ran its campaign on Groupon from June 7th to June 10th with tremendous success raising over $ 2,400. The matching donor, Context Media, also contributed $ 1,000 to the cause. All of the money raised was given to Cabrini Connections to put towards its monetary scholarship program better known as Graduation Dollars. Recognizing the high costs of postsecondary education, Cabrini Connections designed a program where students earn points that eventually convert to Graduation Dollars. Points can be earned by good attendance, bringing in homework, and participating in clubs, and every point equals $ 0.10 that the student receives. With the money raised through the G-Team campaign, Cabrini Connections was able to double this year’s Graduation Dollars.
Update from Nancy Phillips, Director, WomanCraft, a program of Heartland Human Care Services:
Chicago- I am saddened to share that we have made the difficult decision to close WomanCraft at the end of June. The impact of the recession on our sales revenue and grant funding has limited our ability to be economically sustainable.
Thank you so much again. We thank you again for partnering with WomanCraft and your support of so many critical and valuable community efforts!