4 Ways You Can Give Back for #GivingTuesdayNow

For those who don’t know, Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 simply as a day that encourages people to do good. While Giving Day is typically held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the movement realized that people and communities could use a little goodness and generosity amidst the international outbreak of COVID-19.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. But with all this uncertainty and social distancing, how can people give back during a global pandemic?

We can still show social connection and come together on behalf of the Greater West Chester region, even while practicing social distancing. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Show your essential employees some love! These healthcare workers, first responders, cleaning services, grocery store workers, etc. are all working hard on the front lines to keep you safe, healthy, and stocked. Consider paying for their coffee, or donate to the I Heart Chester County fund, where donations will be used to purchase gift cards from local restaurants to be giving to those essential employees.
  • Shop local – from home! Many local businesses are offering delivery or takeout and online shopping. Or purchase a gift card that you can use when the stay-at-home orders are lifted! Help support your community and continue to patronize in any way you (safely) can!
  • Donate to an organization in need. There are many organizations in the greater West Chester region that help combat hunger, homelessness, and much more within your own community. Consider donating to their cause to directly help those around you! You can find a list of local Chamber-member non-profit organizations working hard to help those within your own community here.
  • Help a stranger (or a neighbor, or a relative…) You can still be a Good Samaritan from six feet away! The next time you brave a trip to the grocery store, reach out to someone in need to see if there is anything you can get for them while you’re out. You can also write to the elderly at your local senior center, leave a home-cooked meal for your neighbor, or donate to West Chester’s Virtual Tip Jar here. The possibilities are endless!

There are plenty of ways you can do something good for someone in your community for #GivingTuesdayNow. Let’s come together to drive a spike of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for the greater West Chester region and communities across the globe. We will recover, and we can heal – together.