#CHAgives Day Nov. 29
We will have a day for giving thanks, then Black Friday: a day for shopping deals, Small Business Saturday: day to support local enterprise and if we still haven’t gotten our holiday shopping done, Cyber Monday. It is only fitting to reserve a day for giving back. On Tuesday, November 29 our entire community will come together in a great act of generosity…and join a worldwide movement of over 40,000 organizations in 71 countries who believe it is better to give than to receive.
#CHAgives Day unifies nonprofits, small business, corporations and individuals to show that Chattanooga is not only the best mid sized city in the nation…but the most generous mid size city in the nation. We believe those things go hand in hand. #CHAgives is an opportunity for ordinary people to join together to do extraordinary things.
This year on #CHAgives Day, United Way will be raising money for the Neediest Cases Fund. The Neediest Cases Fund is money distributed by United Way's 2-1-1 and Building Stable Lives Department to clients who have been referred to us by other nonprofit organizations or who have called United Way's 2-1-1. These clients need one-time services to help get them back on their feet where the need can't be funded through any other available resources, or it is a type of need that may not usually qualify for funds. Like a high school student who needed athletic shoes for exercise prescribed for his high blood pressure, a mom who needed a gas card to offset cancer treatment trips to Nashville, or a family with several members with disabilities who needed a washing machine.
Last year #CHAgives collected more than $100,000 dollars for 70 organizations – an amazing accomplishment for our kickoff year. And the result was about more than money….stories of generosity rippled through the community...whether it was a 6 year old giving to the Humane Society and posting her “unselfie” to inspire other 1st graders to give…to a small community gardening movement in a neighborhood without access to healthy food (food desert) who raised $1,000 from one significant donor who said they would never have seen this work highlighted before… Giving Tuesday is about more than money. It is about generosity of spirit.
This year we have an ambitious and bold goal. To increase that amount to $250,000 – with well over 100 organizations participating. But hey, we didn’t get where we are today without being bold!