It’s Giving Tuesday and there are many nonprofits to donate too

Here are a few organizations in Clark County participating in Giving Tuesday

CLARK COUNTY — Today is #GivingTuesday. There are so many organizations and so many needs in the community right now, so here are a few Clark County groups participating in the day of donations. 

Graphic courtesy of Open House Ministries
Graphic courtesy of Open House Ministries

In addition to these, be sure to search for more organizations in the area accepting donations and participating in Giving Tuesday as well as other fundraising efforts this week; many centered around COVID-19 relief. 

To locate more nonprofits and groups participating in Giving Tuesday, do a Google search with ‘‘near me’’ in the phrase to locate ones in Clark County. You can also go on social media and search the hashtag #GivingTuesday or #GiveTue.

The following information was provided by the organizations it refers to, respectively.

Open House Ministries and Artstra

While Open House Ministries continues to meet the needs of homeless families in Southwest Washington, they have teamed up with community partners to help serve each other during the pandemic.

Frankie, an Artstra volunteer, delivers donated arts supplies to families at Open House’s family shelter. Photo courtesy of Open House Ministries
Frankie, an Artstra volunteer, delivers donated arts supplies to families at Open House’s family shelter. Photo courtesy of Open House Ministries

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020, in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. 

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It is a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are. 

While residents at Open House Ministries have been sheltering in place, community arts organization ARTSTRA has been providing art supplies for children through their Creative Relief program. Thanks goes out as many individuals have donated necessities for the shelter and provided engaging crafts for residents. Even the youngest of volunteers are learning the value of helping other kids in the community. Having projects to work on during a stay at home mandate has helped young families pass time together and bond through creativity.

Those interested in joining Open House Ministries’ #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit www.sheltered.org to learn more about their response to the COVID-19 outbreak and donate to Mission Generosity: Hearts for the Homeless #GivingTuesdayNow. 

For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website, Facebook page or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter. For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas.

Share Vancouver

Now more than ever it is critical that Share safely and efficiently moves food

donations out from its warehouse and meal programs. An electric pallet jack and a manual stacker would help its staff to more safely and efficiently complete those vital tasks.

If you are able, consider a donation today at sharevancouver.org in honor of #GivingTuesday Day.

Click here to donate now.

Through partnerships with Evergreen and Vancouver Public Schools, as

well as the Battle Ground School District, Share continues to pack 900-plus bags of food that children and their families can access through grab-n-go locations. 

To-go meals through Share’s Hot Meals program have seen a dramatic increase: 3,700 meals in February, 6,100 in March, 6,852 in April and they anticipate the numbers will continue to go up.

Volunteers are thankful for your the support of Share and of the community. 

Journey Theater

Journey performs at the highest levels on-stage and off.  With more than 80 classes from drama to dance to improv, 12 school-year shows in four locations and summer community theater, Journey is considered by many to be the most dynamic, well-organized theater arts group in the region.

Young Lucy shows off her puppet as part of one of Journey Theater’s online classes. Photo courtesy of Journey Theater
Young Lucy shows off her puppet as part of one of Journey Theater’s online classes. Photo courtesy of Journey Theater

In a time of so many uncertainties, there’s one thing that is clear: People need community. Children and families need a place to belong.  Journey Theater staff are thankful to be that community and that place.

To give to Journey Theater, click here.

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About The Author

Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a graduate of WSU Pullman’s Edward R. Murrow College where he studied journalism and media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and abroad in Argentina. He has won a regional Emmy and Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his film work. His passions range from sharing the love of Jesus, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife and son in Vancouver, WA. Proverbs 16:3

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