Local ways to give back on Giving Tuesday

We've been inundated with ads and discounts over the last several weeks, getting us ready for all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

Now that a bulk of the spending is out of the way, people are reminded of another occasion to spend their money and time, but this time to give back.

Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement dedicated to helping others through the gift of time, donations, goods or your voice. The hashtag #GivingTuesday fuels the campaign, which takes place every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.

There are some easy ways kick off the giving season and give back locally, and they involve everyone's two favorite things: food and animals.

You can stop by Chipotle on Tuesday and tell the cashier you supporting March of Dimes to donate half of the proceeds from your meal to the organization. March of Dimes is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

The Geauga Humane Society is also participating in Giving Tuesday and asking for the gift of time. Rescue Village is looking for volunteers to help clean, clear out and contribute to animals in need. Anyone interested in helping the shelter clean its facility from top to bottom can participate in one of three shifts: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. The first two hours will be dedicated to cleaning and the last hour be for a four of the building and questions for the staff. No volunteer training or previous experience necessary!

The shelter is also looking for people interested in adopting a cat, dog or barn animal. If you bring in any donation item from the shelter's wishlist, your adoption will be half price! You can also donate money to the Geauga Humane Society through its online fundraiser, or by bringing in a monetary donation to the shelter.

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