It’s in giving that you receive

Local family starts off the #GivingTuesday campaign in the Causeway area. INBM46-14S
Local family starts off the #GivingTuesday campaign in the Causeway area. INBM46-14S

Causeway Volunteer Centre has launched an appeal for people to clear out their closets and give local people a real gift in time for Christmas.

The Centre has just joined GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, which encourages people and businesses to give their time, money or voice to charity for one day.

GivingTuesday – December 2, 2014 - will provide a charitable antidote to the pre-Christmas consumer boom, falling directly after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It asks people to follow two of the big pre-Christmas shopping days with a day of doing good, asking them to do one simple charitable act on the day.

“We want to make it really simple for local people to join in,” said Mary McNickle Volunteer Centre Manager. “So we’re asking people to donate at least one item that they no longer want to a local charity shop.”

It’s a good chance to clear out the old and make room for the new; salve your conscious and make affordable goods available to local people. Unfortunately not everyone can afford to spend hundreds of pounds on the high streets and Charity shops are a good alternative especially if they’re well stocked.

GivingTuesday was launched in the US in 2012 in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and has since become a global movement, with Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia, Singapore and Latin America and now the UK coming on board. This effort will aim to transform how people think about giving and to create a spike in donations on the day along with boosting sign-ups to longer term giving and volunteering.

During the 1st week in December take a look around your home and pick up an item or two or fill up a bag and drop it into any local charity shop or the Volunteer Centre if that’s easier. If you want to give but have trouble with transport give the Centre a ring and we may be able to arrange for it to be collected.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to become a volunteer contact the Centre and we’ll be happy to discuss opportunities to suit your interests.