Black History Month: Remember, Honor, Inspire, Serve

Every year the United States devotes the month of February to honoring, acknowledging, and celebrating the indelible influence of black Americans on US history and culture. From civil rights activists to barrier-breaking leaders in science, politics, industry, sports, and the arts, Black History Month brings to the forefront many of the countless contributions African Americans have made to the United States and to the world.

The theme for 2022 Black History Month is Black Health and Wellness. The theme acknowledges the accomplishments of past Black medical practitioners as well as calls to action present day practices to improve the physical and mental health of Black Americans. You can find more details on this year’s theme as well as a books, websites and other historical materials and guides on Black health and wellness on ASALH’s website.

This year’s theme is particularly timely as the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequities that have caused racial and ethnic minority groups to be at greater risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. The pandemic has also given rise to greater discussion around wellness and mental healthcare in the Black community. You can find information and helpful resources on mental health in African American communities from the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America).

Black History Month is also a time to acknowledge inequities and support Black Americans facing adversity by advocating for the organizations working to lift them up. YouGiveGoods is pleased to be a part of this effort by offering a simple, effective way to deliver tangible aid to these organizations through an online giving event. You can donate needed, brand-new goods to Boys & Girls Clubs of American or Feeding America Food Banks through YouGiveGoods' Black History Month Giving Event.

Make an even bigger impact when you get your company, school or organization involved. See how one corporation is supporting food pantries across the country with their national Black History Month food drive, another corporate Black History month event is raising diverse children’s books, school supplies and toiletries for multiple nonprofits and another is supporting area children with a giving event benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of LA.

Finally, we encourage you to be an active participant in Black History Month by educating yourself and your family on Black Americans who paved the way for those making our lives better today. Check out two these great resources: 26 Black Americans You Don’t Know But Should and How To Talk To Your Kids About Black History Month – And 25 Ways To Honor It. Once you learn a little, we guarantee you’ll want to learn more!

In honor of Black History Month support your favorite local organization by raising the food & supplies they need to serve your neighbors in need.

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MLK Day of Service 2022

On Monday, January 17, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today more than ever his message resonantes more than ever: embracing the differences of others, peacefully bringing positive change to our country and building a “Beloved Community” by serving each other and lifting up those in need.

The MLK Day holiday is more than a day to commemorate the work of a visionary man, it is a federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service. All Americans are officially called into action; to make it a “Day On not a Day Off.” Now more than ever our service is needed. The COVID-19 pandemic has created increased need in communities across the U.S. and has exacerbated the very inequities Dr. King fought against. So many of our neighbors are facing food insecurity for the first time. Remote learning and work closures have stressed children and parents alike, but lower income families have been hit hardest. And our seniors to whom COVID is most deadly, may struggle to safely get the food, medicine and supplies that they need. In the face of the new and strong COVID resurgence, MLK Day 2022 is perfectly timed to remind us to to recommit to volunteerism and to plan how we will help build a stronger local community on MLK Day and throughout the year.

So, how will you choose to serve this MLK Day? You can search volunteer opportunities in your area on Volunteer Match or Americorps. Thanks to technology, there are ways you can support your favorite nonprofit and take part in service on MLK Day right from your own home. Whether you volunteer in-person at an MLK Day volunteer event, organize or contribute to a virtual event, or commit to a future act of service, we encourage you to do something for your community in honor of MLK.

YouGiveGoods celebrates the efforts of all those who will take part in the 2022 MLK Day of Service. We can’t wait to hear about all the good deeds done in the name of the great man we honor on January 17.

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How to help victims of Hurricane Ida and other emergency situations

Extreme weather is becoming commonplace in our news today. Most recently it was Hurricane Ida which hit Louisiana on August 29 as a category 4 hurricane and was responsible for 81 deaths and devastation across 8 states. The aftermath of Hurricane Ida will be felt for months to come.

Residents affected by the storm are in need of help now and will continue to need our support after their storis have left the headlines. Luckily, there are local and national nonprofits that jump in to aid victims throughout crises. Organizations in Louisiana accepting cash donations include United Way of Southeast Louisiana, The Greater New Orleans Foundation, and Imagine Water Works.

Cash donations are valuable to a relief effort, but many people prefer the transparency of donating needed goods and supplies to the disaster site. Donations of goods are another important aspect of disaster relief but the logistics can be extremely tricky. YouGiveGoods giving platform has removed the cumbersome logistics and simplified the process of getting supplies to a disaster site.

We've been in contact with The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services and The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana and are currently running online food and supply drives benefiting these organizations. We are also setting up drives supporting over 9,500 Afghan refugees arriving at Fort Dix, NJ, in support of Haiti following the August 14 earthquake and drives supporting those affected by the California wildfires.

YouGiveGoods makes it easy to rally your company, school, organization or online community to support areas hit hard by extreme weather by raising brand-new needed items such as food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, clothing (underwear, socks, t-shirts), blankets and more delivered by YouGiveGoods to your selected nonprofit organization providing emergency response.

It was a horrific natural disaster that brought about ten years ago. When a massive earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, YouGiveGoods' founders wanted to help but giving a cash donation was not advised due to corruption in the Haitian government. They then discovered that there was no easy way to donate goods to the relief effort and the idea for YouGiveGoods was born.

Unfortunately, emergency situations due to extreme weather and other circumstances seem to happen with more frequency. As we watch situations unfold in real time, so many are compelled to help ease victims’ suffering. Supporting those organizations on the ground in the time of disaster is so important. It is through the generosity and support of strangers that victims and communities are able to slowly rebuild what was lost.

Help victims of Hurricane Ida with a virtual drive raising brand-new food and supplies for the relief effort.

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Virtual Drives Deliver Record Aid in 2020

Since 2011, YouGiveGoods has steadily grown and disrupted (in a good way) the practice of goods donation drives and in-kind giving. Then came 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. Work and school closures immediately translated to increased need in every community in the U.S. Our contactless, transparent virtual drive platform was uniquely qualified to help, but amidst the fear and uncertainly, would drives and donations happen?

The answer was a resounding “yes”. We are pleased to report that in 2020 YouGiveGoods delivered food, toys and supplies to over 1300 nonprofits supporting individuals and families in every state in the U.S. plus Washington D.C and Puerto Rico. We delivered to NPOs large and small, in inner cities and remote rural locations. Despite their differences they all share the same passion and devotion to help those in need in their communities.

And at a time when food pantries were tasked with feeding more people than ever before while donation streams were limited due to COVID and social distancing, YouGiveGoods was able to help by delivering over one half of a million pounds of food (roughly 550,000 lbs.).

We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support to the COVID relief food and supply drives but as the holiday season approached we wondered whether potential donors would be able and willing to purchase a “non-essential” item like a toy? We filled our warehouse with toys just to be safe but in early November our phones started ringing off the hook. Corporations, groups, schools, nonprofits and individuals wanted to keep their toy drive traditions alive by moving to our virtual drive platform.

In the end, the compassion and generosity of the YouGiveGoods community and their supporters translated to 1,012 holiday toy drives with 111,939 toys donated to kids in need. Due to our early partnership with Toys for Tots there were 546 drives benefiting Toys for Tots alone.

For the 6th year in a row our most popular gift was the basketball followed by a new item for our holiday gift selection, Bluetooth earbuds. In addition to toys, generous donors also purchased wonderful books, warm coats, socks, diapers, food and more during the busy 2020 holiday season.

Our deliveries were met with relief and joy and we were thanked over and over again. “[Our holiday toy drive] was a huge success and our children and families were incredibly happy! I could not have done this without you and this amazing platform,” wrote Angie from Children’s Home Society of NJ.

We are grateful for the kind words but the real thank you goes out to you, our YGG community. If it wasn’t for the efforts of our team captains none of this would be possible. We are thankful for each and every one of our team captains and drive sponsors, from the largest corporate sponsors to the youngsters in the boy/girl scout troops.

And, to every donor, we extend a heartfelt thank you from YouGiveGoods and from the charities that you supported. Know that your donations got into the hands of those in need and made a tangible impact. We continue to be inspired by every donor’s decision to reach out and help someone they will never meet with the very personal gift of donated items through YouGiveGoods.

As we start off a new year and hope for the days that COVID-19 is behind us, we will continue to move forward with innovating the field of in-kind giving and expanding our reach and do even more good. We look forward to all the great things our YouGiveGoods community will accomplish in 2021.

Find out more about how you, your school, group or business can support nonprofits on the frontline during the COVID crisis with YouGiveGoods.

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MLK Day of Service 2021

On Monday, January 18, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today more than ever his message resonates: embracing the differences of others, peacefully bringing positive change to our country and building a “Beloved Community” by serving each other and lifting up those in need.

The MLK Day holiday is more than a day to commemorate the work of a visionary man, it is also designated as a National Day of Service. We are all officially called into action; to make it a “Day On not a Day Off.” While reflecting on his legacy, take some time to plan how you will help build a stronger local community on MLK Day and throughout the year.

COVID-19 has created increased need in communities across the U.S. In fact, millions of Americans are facing hunger for the first time. Nonprofits are working feverishly to support our neighbors in need while keeping volunteers safe and observing social distancing guidelines. Thanks to technology, there are ways you can support your favorite nonprofit and take part in service on MLK Day right from your own home.

You can search MLK Day of Service opportunities near you here. Or, consider contacting a nonprofit today to inquire about virtual volunteering opportunities by offering administrative support or services in your own area of expertise such as marketing, accounting, or web design.

Another way to serve our communities on MLK Day is by supporting our local nonprofits with donations of cash or goods to support their programs. Most nonprofits’ websites offer a simple way to donate cash online. Donating goods in the time of COVID-19 is rather tricky but YouGiveGoods’ free giving platform provides a safe way by running virtual drives to raise and donate brand-new goods such as healthy food, hygiene items, diapers, coats, books and more for the nonprofit of your choice.

Finally, social media makes it simple to lend your voice to a cause. You can help by spreading the word in your social networks about need in your community and opportunities to help.

YouGiveGoods celebrates the efforts of all those who will take part in the 2021 MLK Day of Service. We can’t wait to hear about all the good deeds done in the name of the great man we honor on January 18. Though he spent his life embroiled in a terrible struggle, it is fitting that his legacy is one of unity, community, and a brighter future for all.

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Virtual Toy Drives in 2020 Will Save the Day

Holiday toy drives are a tradition in communities across the country. But this year COVID-19 has created a perfect storm of challenging circumstances; school and workplace closures have caused a great increase in need, while social distancing and COVID-19 restrictions have made collection box drives and Angel Giving Trees extremely difficult. Fortunately, in 2020 virtual toy drives will step up to fill the gap and help bring joy and hope to less fortunate kids.

The pandemic has forced kids to deal with the cancellation of activities they love, isolation from friends, anxiety, stress and fear and lower income families have been hit hard with increased economic hardship. More than ever caring community members want to be sure kids in need have a truly happy holiday season 2020, complete with the opening of presents.

But the challenges are real. Most businesses are still either allowing or requiring employees to work from home making workplace collection box drives impossible. Schools and places of worship which help supply local children with holiday gifts are also unable to hold their annual events due to closures and restrictions. And the trend for online shopping was on the rise before COVID-19, but now the shift is even more pronounced with far less people shopping in retail stores which were typically sites for collection box drives.

YouGiveGoods, the e-commerce platform that enables corporations, groups and individuals to run virtual drives to raise brand-new items for nonprofits, has become a valuable tool for nonprofits and businesses dealing with the demand and restrictions brought on by COVID-19. With record high forecasted demand from large corporate toy drive sponsors and nonprofits including Toys for Tots, YouGiveGoods committed to bringing in six times as many toys as they had in 2019 to meet the explosive need.

“We could never have foreseen these circumstances when we started the business in 2011,” explains Lisa Tomasi, President of YouGiveGoods, “but now we find ourselves uniquely equipped to help people in need in the time of COVID-19. Corporations want to continue their holiday toy collection drives and they are finding that YouGiveGoods can closely replicate that experience in a way that works in our current environment. In 2020 virtual toy drives will be a substantial source of holiday toys for donation programs supplying gifts to less fortunate kids across the U.S.”

Toy drive season typically starts in early November but not this year, YouGiveGoods already has over 150 virtual toy drives either running or preparing to start on November 1. YouGiveGoods has some recommendations for those considering running a 2020 virtual toy drive:

1) Start ASAP No one knows what tomorrow will bring with COVID-19. One day a shipping or fulfillment company is fully staffed, the next, whole teams could be out for two weeks or more. Shipping will be an issue as the holidays approach so YouGiveGoods is recommending drives on their site start asap and end late November/early December to guarantee gifts arrive in time for holiday distribution events.

2) Connect with Nonprofit Needs. Online events enable organizers to direct donors to purchase the items the nonprofits need to serve their clients. Additionally, holiday drives can include coats/cold weather gear, food, diapers, and other critical need items for nonprofits which allows them to benefit from the holiday spirit of giving through December.

3) Shop Early. YouGiveGoods is fully stocked with toys but toy inventory is not unlimited. Getting virtual giving events up now and encouraging donors to shop early will allow YouGiveGoods to be able to react to any sudden surge in inventory needs.

“My team is working tirelessly to meet the growing demand for our service but no one is complaining; we consider ourselves lucky to witness the best in people during these most difficult times,” said Ms. Tomasi. “We are stocked and ready to ship out toys and gifts to organizations serving kids in need across the country!”

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4 Ways to Help During Diaper Need Awareness Week 2020

On September 21 – 27 we’ll observe National Diaper Need Awareness Week, an effort initiated by the National Diaper Bank Network to shed light on the cause and offer assistance to families suffering from diaper need. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 families in the U.S. struggle to afford the diapers they need for their babies and toddlers – and that was before all the economic troubles ushered in by COVID-19.

Now more than ever families facing economic hardship may need to prioritize things like paying for rent, utilities and food over purchasing diapers. Diapers are expensive and cannot be bought with government assistance programs such as WIC and SNAP (formerly called “food stamps”). Yet experts recognize diapers as a basic need. According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, diapers “are the first line of defense against infection and disease — and are even linked to preventing depression and violence.”

During National Diaper Need Awareness Week there are simple actions you can take to raise awareness and provide aid to families in need. Here are 4 ways you can help:

1) Run a diaper drive COVID-19 has made collection drives a bit more complicated but still possible. Or, you can run a virtual diaper drive using YouGiveGoods free giving platform. YouGiveGoods online drives are free to run and offer diapers, wipes, and ointments. Plus, online drives are easy to share via email and social media. Tap into your social networks and make a real difference in the lives of area families. Make an even bigger impact when you enlist your company, school or group to sponsor your diaper drive!

2) Donate diapers Pick up a box during your next grocery trip and bring it to a local diaper bank. If there’s not one near you check with you local food pantry or area nonprofits to see if they accept diapers. Or donate to a diaper drive on YouGiveGoods. There are many running including drives supporting diaper banks in New Jersey, Washington, Florida and Oregon.

3) Donate cash A cash donation to your local diaper bank or to the National Diaper Bank Network goes a long way to helping these organization meet their end goal of ending diaper need in the United States.

4) Spread awareness The issue of diaper need is not one that is in the forefront of the news. Social media has made it so easy to educate and raise awareness. A great tool to use is the National Diaper Bank’s State Diaper Statistics. Share the diaper need statistics of your state to help educate your online community about the need that exists right in their own backyards. Be sure to use the tags #EndDiaperNeed and #BasicsArentBasic.

Healthy, happy babies is a cause we can all get behind (pun intended). Let’s take just a few minutes of our time during Diaper Need Awareness Week to do our part to support the diaper banks providing solutions to families struggling today with diaper need.

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Four Ways to Help During Hunger Action Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down and clobbered the economy. Factors such as skyrocketing unemployment, kids home from school with no access to free or low cost meals, increases in food prices and disruption of supply chains have provided a perfect storm for food insecurity across the country. In fact, Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research reported that food insecurity doubled in the U.S. in April and tripled among households with children1 – that’s millions of families struggling with hunger, many for the first time.

In September we will observe Hunger Action Month. This year more than ever we are called to take action to help solve the problem that is hunger. While this may seem like a huge task, your own effort, no matter how large or small, helps lead us forward in the fight. Not sure how you can help? Here are some ideas on how be part of the solution during Hunger Action Month.

1) Advocate Lending your voice to a cause has never been easier in today’s age of social media. Feeding America has created a list of 5 Myths about Hunger for you to share to help spread the facts about food insecurity with your online community. Remember to include the hastag #HungerActionMonth.

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#GivingTuesdayNow is today - be a part of it!

Today we celebrate the first ever #GivingTuesdayNow which calls upon people around the globe to come together with acts of generosity, gratitude and kindness as we all struggle to fight the same adversary, COVID-19.

Corporations, groups, schools and individuals can rally around GivingTuesdayNow to make a real impact during these most challenging times. Especially now when employees are adjusting to working remotely, GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for them to feel united again and bond over something positive. And, if you haven't already, take time today to reevaluate your corporate virtual volunteering program. In our new normal, virtual volunteering in our communities will be more important than ever.

How can your organization take part? Some ideas include sending notes of thanks to healthcare workers, giving blood, and organizing the delivery of meals to homebound seniors. Find more creative ideas here and remember to use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow.

And, if you are able, make a donation to a nonprofit in honor of the day. Nonprofits have struggled to keep up with the growing need while keeping their staff and volunteers safe. They could use corporate support now more than ever.

YouGiveGoods continues to make important deliveries of food and supplies to nonprofits amidst the pandemic. Your YouGiveGoods purchase on #GivingTuesdayNow makes a real impact. You can search current YouGiveGoods events to donate needed food and supplies to a nonprofit on the frontline of this crisis. Or contact us to find out how to unite your company around a cause with a customized YouGiveGoods event.

As these days and weeks blend into each other and isolation really sets in, it’s important to stand up today unified in hope, kindness, generosity and gratitude. #GivingTuesdayNow reminds us together we are stronger and in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic we must support each other as well as our essential workers and nonprofits working to see us through this crisis.

GivingTuesdayNow: Hope, Unity, Giving

In response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the organization behind the giving movement, GivingTuesday, announced a brand-new global day of giving and unity called GivingTuesdayNow, to be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

The COVID-19 crisis has put already vulnerable people around the world in a dangerous position. Nonprofits have struggled to keep up with the growing need while keeping their staff and volunteers safe. Nonprofits, now more than ever, need support to continue their work on the frontlines of this crisis.

The people behind GivingTuesday know something about giving. GivingTuesday 2019 generated $2 billion in donations in the United States alone. In addition to the massive donations, GivingTuesday also inspires countless acts of generosity including volunteering and simple acts of kindness.

GivingTuesdayNow, the new call to kindness and generosity, aims to provide resources now, when they are so desperately needed. We are asked to give what we can and are encouraged to also perform simple acts of kindness in our community. Check out GivingTuesdayNow’s ideas for how to take part on May 5.

Corporations, groups, schools and individuals can rally around GivingTuesdayNow to make a real impact during these most challenging times. If you’ve considered donating to support your favorite nonprofit, be a part of the global movement of GivingTuesdayNow and make that donation on May 5.

You can also take part by making a donation of goods using YouGiveGoods online giving platform. Over 400 COVID-19 virtual giving events are being run on the platform raising brand-new food and supplies for nonprofits in every one of the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. In this time of social distancing, YouGiveGoods online giving events are fast becoming the preferred way for individuals to donate most-needed goods to nonprofits. Choose a cause or enter your zip code to find a giving event to shop for as part of GivingTuesdayNow.

Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday says it best when she explains, “We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities. #GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end.”

GivingTuesdayNow aims to bring the global community together in acts of support and kindness which bind us together even while we are apart. No matter how you choose to participate, be sure to take part in GivingTuesdayNow and use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow. Together we can help pave the way for a better tomorrow.

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