Giving Tuesday Now: How kids in NEO can get involved while at home

Posted at 10:26 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 19:19:07-04

CLEVELAND — If you’ve been on social media, you’ve probably seen the posts and advertisements for #GivingTuesdayNow.

The global movement brings people together to help their communities and nonprofit organizations in any way they can.

Typically, Giving Tuesday is in November, but people thought what’s a better time than right now to have a day dedicated to helping others?

Throughout the country, people are participating in Giving Tuesday Now, on Tuesday, May 5.

Greater Cleveland Community Shares and WISH Cleveland are involving kids throughout Northeast Ohio to participate in the day with a Giving Tuesday Now virtual event called "Together at Home with Cleveland Kids."

“The day-long virtual event, taking place on Tuesday, May 5, will include a series of 2-hour youth challenge activities scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., highlighting local nonprofit organizations impacted by the current social and economic crisis,” according to officials at WISH Cleveland.

It’s entirely hosted by kids for kids.

Logan Williams, 12, and Lauren Turos, 11, are the hosts. They’ll be taking over nonprofits social media pages and going live to talk about the challenges.

“I’m just glad that I can help out in my community,” said Williams.

The challenges will be relevant to the issues communities are facing.

For example, the kids will be asked to submit photos or videos of them recognizing that not everyone has a safe place or full refrigerator and the children can do that by making a mask for a donation, hygiene kit, food donations, etc.

Another challenge will be to submit a photo or video of how they show love to their community and neighborhood. They can recycle, do sidewalk art, help a neighbor clean up their yard, etc.

“You're up, you’re moving around, you're interacting with others, even though you can't see them. It’s very fun to me,” she said.

Her mom, Donyelle Rashid, said she wants the kids involved to learn that they can be change makers in their communities, even in a time of crisis.

“Make sure that everyone, or the people that you can help, have a good day,” said Rashid. “So many people get forgotten, the homeless, the elderly, the animals,” she said.

Anyone can participate and, even though, donations aren’t required, any donation will be matched by Good Cause Creative and WISH Cleveland. They will be matched up to $3,000 to benefit the 40 nonprofits involved.

If you’d like to register head here.