Last year’s Give Local 757 Day raised $610,000 in just 24 hours for 223 local nonprofits.
The goal this year is to raise $1,000,000. Donations need to be received by midnight, so my suggestion is you take a few minutes now and put a few spare dollars toward a cause you believe in, one that you believe is bigger than yourself.
The theme of the project is ‘give where you live,’ and I could not support this ethic more. Why obsess over things happening internationally or nationally — things that little old us have scant chance of impacting — when we can make a real difference helping to solve real problems right here in our community?
The suggested minimum donation is $10. If we’re honest with ourselves, we all, too often, spend our expendable income in expendable ways. Today, Give Local 757 encourages us to do things a little differently and to put that $10 — or $100 — toward sustaining local non-profits doing incredibly important work.
There are dozens of non-profits to choose from, broken down into the categories of Animals, Arts & Culture, Community Improvement, Education, Health, Human Services, and Youth Development. Here are just a few of the organizations involved that you might consider donating to:
It is the mission of the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (VBSPCA) to create a more humane and responsible community by eliminating animal suffering while increasing human compassion.
The mission of Park Place Child Life Center is to deliver an arts-based enrichment program that supports the social, emotional and spiritual development of children.
The mission of the USO is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country, throughout their service to the nation.
The Governor’s School for the Arts is a center for innovation that develops excellence, nurtures creativity, inspires artistic vision and builds communities with a passion for the arts.
“To enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
One Child Center for Autism’s mission is to provide therapies and support to children and families affected by autism and other developmental differences.
To affect positively the quality of life for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities and their families creating greater independence and inclusion in the community.
The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk is Hampton Roads’ literary center. They never turn anyone away because of their financial situation, and have provided tuition assistance and scholarships to hundreds of people.