#GivingTuesday Guide for Camel City

Compiled by Carissa Joines

#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign 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.

What is #GivingTuesday? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

New York’s 92nd Street Y has been the catalyst and incubator for #GivingTuesday, bringing the expertise of 139 years of community-management to the project, and providing #GivingTuesday a home. The United Nations Foundation joined as a partner, bringing its strategic and communications clout to the project.

arts council
arts council

Arts Council of Winston-Salem – One way that Winston-Salem residents and neighbors can support arts education in our schools is to take some time during #GivingTuesday to donate cash or art supplies to the Arts Council. These donations will be used to distribute art supplies to the teachers and students of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County’s schools. “we are focusing ANY gifts we receive online today directly to the kids and teachers in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.” Cat New the VP of Development for the Arts Council told CCD. “It is wonderful that there is now something else for people to do to help their community instead of simply standing in line for the next X Box.” she continued. Those who wish to donate to help get needed art supplies to Winston-Salem’s teachers and kids can do so HERE.

Youth Opportunities Angel Network – Youth Opportunities is a nonprofit, community-based agency dedicated to providing a range of services to children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. Their Angel Network provides gifts to the young people they serve. To sponsor a child, or volunteer your time, visit HERE.

The Winston-Salem Foundation – a 93-year-old community foundation comprised of more than 1,300 funds created by charitable individuals and organizations, The WSF provides grants to various community entities to improve the quality of life in Forsyth County and beyond. Gifts can be designated to particular areas of interest or made available for general grantmaking. The Foundation is able to accept cash, securities, personal property and real estate. For a list of donation opportunities, visit HERE.

Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods – The mission of NBN is to connect people, strengthen voices, and leverage resources with community in order to create safe, just, and self-determined neighborhoods. NBN offers organizing and technical assistance to neighborhood groups and individuals working in community. Also, as Winston-Salem’s own Grassroots Grantmaker, NBN offers small grants to neighborhood groups who are seeking to make their neighborhood better. Donations can be designated to NBN through the community fund for grantmaking at the Winston-Salem foundation – HERE or mailed to NBN at PO Box 20473, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27120.

Habitat for Humanity Forsyth County – With a motto of “Building Hope by Building Homes” and steadfastly adhering to a philosophy of a “hand-up, not a hand-out,” Habitat is a powerful engine of collaboration and reciprocity providing the opportunity for home ownership to local qualifying families. Through this proven and integrity-based strategy of making home ownership a reality, Habitat Forsyth has fundamentally changed lives for more than 350 Partner Families right here in our community. To donate to our local Habitat, visit HERE.

special olympics
special olympics

Special Olympics of Forsyth County – Support our local Special Olympics athletes with the purchase of a SOFC sweatshirt for just $25, or send a donation to help make someone’s Olympic dream a reality. To place an order or find out how you can make a donation, email Lisa Kiser at lisak@cityofws.org

New Winston Museum – Your gift to New Winston Museum’s annual fund will help ensure that we are always able to operate without charging admission for exhibits and programs, making our history available to everyone in the community. To donate, visit HERE.

Salvation Army – Our local Salvation Army is planning on giving out gifts to 7,000 area children who would otherwise have little to nothing for Christmas this year. To help make this possible, donations are being received HERE.  Donations of time are also appreciated. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Abigail Linville at Abigail.linville@uss.salvationarmy.org or (336) 235-2083.

The Centers for Exceptional Children – Dedicated to educating and caring for children with developmental delays, orthopedic disabilities and/or other long-term chronic health impairments to prepare them to lead independent, productive, and fulfilling lives, The CEC operates two schools in Winston-Salem and an outreach through the Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth. To donate, visit HERE.

BookMarks– Help a child start their very own home library and meet an award-winning children’s book author! BookMarks, a Triad-based literary arts organization, is proud to bring Danny Schnitzlein, author of The Monster Who Ate My Peas, to Winston-Salem! Danny will visit with school children on Friday in Forsyth county (ages 4 – 8) to read and talk about his book and to answer questions about what it’s like to be a writer. Your donation will help each student who is visited on Friday by Danny to bring home their very own copy of his book, The Monster Who Ate My Peas.  Contribute HERE.


If your local organization would like to be added to this list for #GivingTuesday please email to: camelcitydispatchcrew at gmail.com