The days after Thanksgiving are filled with deals and steals, but wait one more day and there's a day dedicated to helping others.
Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, kicks off the end-of-year giving season for charities and nonprofit groups around the world, according to givingtuesday.org.
Christine Everly, CEO of Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia, said this is the organization’s first year participating in Giving Tuesday.
“What we do is serve free-of-charge art learning experiences for children,” Everly said.
The group mostly operates within the greater Hampton Roads area, according to Everly. The group provides programs such as a music and dance class that lets children on the autism spectrum interact with those who are not.
“(Some children) on day one wouldn’t participate or interact whatsoever. By the time they had gone through the after-school residency … they fully engaged in the program,” Everly said. “The mothers say to us they’re so grateful for a free program, because anyone who has a child with medical problems has lots of bills, and here there is a program that enabled their children to feel just like kids.”
If you don’t see a favorite charity here, you can find a complete list of participating groups online at givelocal757.org.
Bacon Street Youth and Family Services
The money raised will go toward preparing and furnishing new offices in Yorktown, Hampton and Gloucester. A recent grant is allowing them to expand into those areas to offer services to reach more youth and families in need.
Facebook and PayPal will match a total of $7 million in donations nationwide. So, if you donate $5, Bacon Street Youth and Family Services will get $10, until the limit is reached.
For Giving Tuesday, Colonial Williamsburg has suggested people start their own Facebook funding campaigns to get their friends and family involved at fb.com/fund/ColonialWilliamsburg/. You can also donate at colonialwilliamsburg.com/give or by calling 888-293-1776.
Covenant Christian School
Heritage Humane Society
A few donors have agreed to match donations made to the group up to $10,000. So, if you donate $25, Heritage will get $50, donate $100 and Heritage gets $200. You can donate online at heritagehumane.org/donate, by phone at 221-0150 ext. 1003, or in mail or in-person at Heritage Humane Society on 430 Waller Mill Road. For more information, visit heritagehumane.org/givingtuesday.
Historic Virginia Land Conservancy
You can donate online at historicvirginialandconservancy.org/donate.
You can donate online at historyisfun.org/donate, over the phone at 253-4139, or by mailing a check payable to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Inc., at P.O. Box 3605, Williamsburg, VA 23187. To learn more visit historyisfun.org/donate/ways-to-give.
Literacy for Life
To donate to the Williamsburg chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness visit namiwilliamsburg.org/donate_now.
Thomas Nelson Community College
Williamsburg Christian Academy
Giving Tuesday will serve as the kickoff for the school’s End of Year Giving Drive. You can donate online at private-christian-school.williamsburgchristian.org/giving-to-wca, send a donation by check or credit card to the attention of Development at Williamsburg Christian Academy, 101 Schoolhouse Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23188, or by phone at 378-5265 to make a credit card gift or to discuss options for giving.
Williamsburg Montessori School
As with Bacon Street, Facebook and PayPal will match donations on Facebook up to $7 million worldwide. You can donate to the school through facebook.com. To learn about more ways to donate, visit williamsburgmontessori.org/giving.
Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia
This year, if YAV can raise $12,500 by Dec. 31, a Board Member will match all donations up to $12,500. You can donate online at donatenow.networkforgood.org/yav, by mailing a personal check made payable to YAV, to 420 N Center Drive, Suite 239, Norfolk, VA 23502, or by calling YAV with your credit card number at 466-7555. To learn more about how to donate, visit yav.org/donate/individual-giving.
You can contact Heymann at 289-5828 or on Twitter @HeymannAmelia.