Global day of giving takes place Dec. 3
More than 100 volunteers and eight restaurants from the Niagara community will partner with Community Missions for its seventh annual #GivingTuesday event on Dec. 3.
#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
“Each year, #GivingTuesday provides a wonderful opportunity to engage with our community,” said Christian Hoffman, director of public relations and development at Community Missions. “The Niagara community is one that is generous year-round, but we are especially excited to see how much impact our volunteers and supporters can make for this year’s #GivingTuesday event!”
He added, “At Community Missions, we look forward to #GivingTuesday and the opportunities that it offers each year. The Niagara community is one that is so generous, and it is always wonderful to see all of the different ways that our supporters want to do so. We hope that everyone finds their way to participate in #GivingTuesday this year!”
Beginning Sunday, Dec. 1, eight local restaurants will participate in “Dining for Dollars,” a weeklong event where each eatery will donate a portion of their sales to Community Missions. Participating restaurants include:
•TGI Friday's, 300 3rd St., Niagara Falls; will donate 10% of sales on Dec. 1.
•Parkway Prime, 401 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; will donate 10% of food sales on Monday, Dec. 2.
•Chill 443, 443 Main St., Niagara Falls; will donate 10% of sales on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
•LongHorn Steakhouse, 1861 Military Road, Niagara Falls; will donate 10% of sales when mentioning promotion on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
•Anchor Bar, 114 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; will donate 10% of food sales on Thursday, Dec. 5.
•Power City Eatery, 444 3rd St., Niagara Falls; will donate 10% of sales on Friday, Dec. 6.
•Rainforest Cafe, 300 3rd St., Niagara Falls; will donate 10% of sales on Saturday, Dec. 7.
•Bella Vista Ristorante, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; will donate 10% of food sales on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Community Missions will once again give students opportunities to volunteer. Participants from Niagara University will kick off the day at 6:30 a.m., preparing breakfast for those staying at Community Missions. Later in the day, high school students from around the area will be working to spread Christmas cheer around the agency, decorating and wrapping presents, while others will serve lunch in the Community Kitchen.
In all, more than 100 volunteers are expected to participate in #GivingTuesday activities at Community Missions. Those include individuals from the community, employees from Niagara Falls’ Target store, Niagara University, and Leadership Niagara’s High School program, LYNC (Leadership for the Youth of Niagara Communities.)
Those interested in donating as a part of #GivingTuesday at Community Missions can do so in a number of ways. Donations, including clothing, household items, nonperishable foods and financial, can be dropped off at the agency (1570 Buffalo Ave. Niagara Falls), or made online at www.CommunityMissions.org/donation. Also, volunteer opportunities are always available, and can be found at www.CommunityMissions.org/volunteer.
About Community Missions
Community Missions has provided the Niagara community with a wide range of vital services since 1925. In 2018, CMI provided over 119,000 meals and 13,000 nights of care within its crisis services programs. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-oriented settings. For more information, visit www.CommunityMissions.org.
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities; give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in; and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.
To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, visit www.givingtuesday.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday and on Twitter at twitter.com/GivingTues.