Today is a pretty special day for non-profit organizations and charities worldwide. Giving Tuesday is a movement that began last December with the purpose to encourage individuals to give during this holiday season. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday so focused on the commercialism of the holidays, the creators of Giving Tuesday wanted to empower all citizens to donate to causes that make our global communities great. This year, I’m asking that you support an organization that is very near and dear to me, First Book-DC.
For those of you that don’t know, First Book is a national organization that, with the help of their many community partners and supporters, fights to end illiteracy. Earlier this year, I joined the First Book-DC board as the Co-Outreach Coordinator, and have been so blessed to be apart of such an amazing group of people that are so passionate about providing children with the opportunity to explore their imaginations through reading.
Just a few quick statistics about the literacy landscape here in The District:
- In DC, only 14% of 4th graders read at the proficient level or above.
- 61% of low-income families have no books at home for their children.
- More than 1/3rd of DC residents are functionally illiterate.
Today, I’m asking for your help. Join First Book-DC in our fight against illiteracy, and donate to our “Thanks For Giving!” online campaign. We’re super close to our goal of raising $3,500, and we are so excited to have the capacity to provide hundreds and hundreds of children with brand new books. Click the link to learn more about First Book-DC, and to donate to our campaign:
I thank you for your support in advance, and really hope that today will be the first of many years your participate in Giving Tuesday. While making lists and checking them twice for gifts is always nice, nothing compares to child having a desire to learn and grow through reading.