After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, may we suggest a more rewarding post-Thanksgiving ritual to observe: GivingTuesday.
Created in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the global movement is designed to foster the "power of radical generosity" and promote acts of kindness and philanthropy. How you participate is entirely up to you; it may involve donating blood, paying for the order of the customer behind you at the coffee shop, volunteering at a shelter, organizing a beach clean-up, or simply reaching into your wallet to support a cause that meets the needs of people not as fortunate as you. You can find plenty of ideas on how to help out on GivingTuesday (and throughout the holiday season).
GRoW also would like to direct your attention to some community-empowering organizations in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts that are stepping up efforts to serve in-need individuals and families during a difficult holiday season through special events as well as food and toy drives. GRoW grantee partners Deserving of Dignity, East Side Riders Bike Club, the Ed Agency, Friends At Mafundi, Loving Hands Community Care, Sisters of Watts, Voices of Impact, Watts Gang Task Force, and We Care Outreach Ministries are among those grassroots groups working to bring about change in their community and beyond. Consider supporting these organizations on GivingTuesday — or on any day of any week.