United Way of Madison County Calls: Tuesday, Nov. 28 marks “Giving Tuesday,” a global generosity movement aiming to harness the power of individuals and organizations to transform communities and the world.
After the recent spending on gifts for loved ones, “Giving Tuesday” seeks to tap into the generous holiday spirit.
Sherry Pentecost from the United Way of Madison County encourages people to consider donating to their organization and partner organizations on this day.
“Many in the community benefit from agencies within the United Way umbrella, often without realizing it,” Pentecost explained. Last year, over 110,000 people in Madison County received assistance, covering groceries, utility bills, healthcare through HEALS and school systems, as well as after-school tutoring and safe spaces provided by the Boys and Girls Club.
One program the United Way of Madison County is fundraising for is the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which offers a book a month to children from birth to their fifth birthday for only $26 a year.
“All children under 5 qualify, no questions asked. Currently, 22,000 children in Madison County qualify, and we’re seeking literacy champions to sponsor them at $26 per year per child,” Pentecost said.
Their goal for “Giving Tuesday” is to raise $7,800, providing one book a month for 300 children for a full year. With approximately 4,500 children currently signed up, there’s still progress to be made, aiming to include all children in Madison County.
United Way of Madison County is also revamping its fundraising model, asking potential donors more about their passions and preferences to connect them with the appropriate partner organizations.
“We have a vast array of organizations under the United Way umbrella providing services in the community, and we want to help you partner with those that align with your passion,” Pentecost emphasized.
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