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How to Participate in GivingTuesday

Every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, or showing up for an issue or people we care about, we each have something to contribute. Identify your gifts, pick a cause that gets you fired up, and give back. Each seemingly small act turns a ripple into a wave of good, transforming society and building the world we all want to live in.

Give Nourishment

‣ Create a Little Free Pantry in your community.
‣ Organize a Community Fridge.
‣ Sign up to volunteer at your local food pantry.

Create a Little Free Pantry
Give Blood

There's no substitute for human blood. The decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several!

Donate to a Nonprofit or Community Organization

Donate to a nonprofit that's doing work that aligns with your values. Don't forget that small community-led organizations need your support too!

Pay It Forward

‣ Pay for the next person's order at the coffee shop or drive-thru.
‣ Leave a gift card or cash at the gas pump.
‣ Tuck a grocery store gift card & a note in a shopping basket.
- Leave a great online review for a business you love.

Distribute Essentials to People Experiencing Homelessness

‣ Start with non-perishible snacks and bottled water.
‣ Add bandages, lip balm, and travel-sized sunscreen.
‣ Include socks, menstrual supplies and hand sanitizer or wipes.
‣ Don't forget gloves and hand warmers for cold weather!

List of What to Pack
Give Voice

‣ Post about your favorite cause on social media.
‣ Contact your elected officials in support of fair policies and funding for social services.
‣ Text 10 friends and family members to tell them about GivingTuesday!

Sample Messages
Lead a GivingTuesday Community

Unleash generosity in your country, city, or community by organizing a GivingTuesday movement of your own.

Learn How
Adopt a Family

‣ Participate in a local Adopt a Family program.
‣ Organize a Giving Tree for your community: Pair those that want to give, with those that are in need of food or gifts for the holiday season.

Give Kindness

Sometimes a kind word is all you need to start a chain of generosity that lasts throughout the day. Go beyond a "like" and make a point to offer positive feedback, compliments, and gratitude to as many people as you can today.

50 Acts of Kindness for the Young and Young at Heart
Help Your Neighbors

‣ Help with yard work or other chores for those who are ill, elderly, or immunocompromised.
‣ Organize a rent relief program or pay someone's over due gas bill.
‣ Surprise a new mom with a lasagna or help with caregiving for an hour.
‣ Starting a community project, like a community garden or public artwork, is a great way to bond with your neighbors.

Some Inspiration
Give Time

Giving time helps you connect with like-minded people, provides immediate impact and even has a postive effect on our mental health and emotional well-being.
You can even volunteer virtually in many cases right from your couch!

How to Volunteer on GivingTuesday
Give Skills

Use your talents for good!
‣ Teach a dance or yoga class.
‣ Use your marketing skills to help a nonprofit.
‣ Teach your friends how to knit, then give away hats or scarves to people in need.

Pledge an Hour of Your Skills
Help Animals

‣ Donate to shelters and rescues.
‣ Consider adopting or fostering.
‣ Organize a pet grooming event for people experiencing homelessness.
‣ Drop off a can of tennis balls at your local shelter; instant joy.

Give Back to Our Earth

‣ Join Tuesdays4Trash and clean up a corner of your world on GivingTuesday.
‣ Organize a beach clean up.
‣ Commit to using less waste and share with others how you're going to do it.
‣ Plant a tree on GivingTuesday.

Pledge to Clean Up Trash
Give Thanks

‣ Write a letter to someone who's helped you.
‣ Send a thank you note to a teacher, healthcare working, or a mentor.
‣ Leave a basket of goodies for delivery and postal workers.

Share Your Generosity!

Share how you’re giving back on social media with hashtag #GivingTuesday and inspire others!

Join your Local GivingTuesday Movement

Get more ideas to create change and give back locally by connecting with a GivingTuesday Country or Community movement.

More Resources

Find sample social media messages and other ideas for how you can rally more good in our toolkit for givers.