’Tis the season of giving. But not just giving gifts to loved ones. As we’re reminded on this #GivingTuesday, it’s also about giving to the less fortunate.
Leaders blaze trails and often inspire others with their actions. The great thing about the holidays is that there is no shortage of people stepping up to help those in need. There are so many tales of giving at this time of year that inspire both the givers and receivers. And the great thing about giving is that there are many things we can do that don’t cost a cent such as volunteering or even donating our household items or clothing that we aren’t using.
Other World Computing is participating in this season of giving as well. Two tall and deep boxes stand outside our human resources office to collect items for the Toys for Tots campaign. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s mission, which they choose to accept: collect new, unwrapped toys from October to December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
It’s a fairly common birthday ritual. You go out on the town, and you let your friends generously buy you drinks while celebrating the occasion. This is always a very nice gesture, but for your birthday this year, why not add a twist and let your friends and family buy an even more important drink?
March 22 is recognized around the globe as World Water Day. And charity: water is doing its part to spread the word by asking for birthday pledges this year to help raise funds to build clean water projects around the world. Pledging your birthday is simple. All you have to do is visit charity: water’s birthday pledge page and sign up with your email and birthday. When the date nears, charity: water will send you a reminder with info on how to start fundraising.
You may already be familiar with charity: water from OWC’s 25th Year Kickoff Celebration campaign with the organization which helped raise more than $1.5 million last year. Now, OWC and charity: water want to continue the effort and help bring attention to World Water Day. The day was first declared by the UN in 1993, and has been recognized each year since. The goal for the day is to draw attention to critical water issues of our era. And in order to show support, the general public is encouraged to not use their taps throughout the entire day. You can also help spread the word about World Water Day by using the hashtag #WorldWaterDay with your Tweets.
So make sure you do your part and turn off the tap on March 22. And instead of letting those close to you buy you a beverage for your birthday this year, take the chance to help those who are truly in need of a clean drink.
There may be just a few days left until Christmas, but there’s still time to give this holiday season and make a difference in the world. The OWC 25th Year Kickoff Celebration fundraising effort to raise $125,000 for charity: water continues, and with our latest donation match contribution, we’re closing in on the halfway point of that goal. The $45,634 raised through OWC’s efforts has helped bring clean water to 2,281 people so far, but many more need our help.
On average, every $20 raised by charity: water brings clean, safe drinking water to one person meaning any $20 donation you make combined with the OWC match will change two lives forever. OWC will match these donations until December 31, so to take advantage, you’ll have to act soon. And OWC will also donate $1 for each new Twitter follower it gets through December 31, making it easier than ever to help this cause.
For more information, visit charity: water’s website and check out their 2012 year in review video to see what charity: water is all about!
Although Other World Computing’s “25th Year Kickoff Celebration” sweepstakes comes to a close at 11:59 p.m. EST tonight, our effort to raise $125,000 for charity: water will keep on rolling. Here’s this week’s update.
- First, we’ll mention the 432 new entries in our OWC 25th Year Kickoff Celebration Sweepstakes, bringing our “dollar an entry” pledge to $5,315. And there’s still time to help add to this total by entering our sweepstakes, but you’ll have to act fast!
- And thanks to our Black Friday, CyberMonday and #GivingTuesday $5 Accelerator, we’ve donated $5,385 for our new Twitter followers in the last week bringing the total to $11,545 so far.
- And finally, we had an additional $6,480 in independent pledges to our charity: water portal page, which brings us to a total of $13,901 in donations that we’ll be matching.
Even though our Sweepstakes ends today, you can still help us out through December 31 by following our Twitter feed or by donating directly.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas gift swapping, the holiday season truly epitomizes the spirit of giving. But nowhere is this more evident this year than with #GivingTuesday – a new initiative that aims to be “the giving season’s opening day”.
According to the movement’s website, more than 2,000 partners have teamed for #GivingTuesday to celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. Among the founding partners is charity: water, an organization that is dedicated to permanently supplying clean, safe drinking water to needy communities all around the world. And as our Blog readers already may know, Other World Computing has recently teamed with charity: water in an effort to raise a total of $125,000 for the drilling of new wells in areas of most need. And to help that effort, beginning on Black Friday and continuing through the end of today, OWC is donating $5 for each new Twitter follower it gains!
After all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday hype, we hope you’ll have room for one more day of giving. So check out charity: water’s #GivingTuesday blog, or head directly to the OWC Fundraiser page and see if there’s a way that you can help make a difference. In the season of giving it’s important not to overlook those most in need, and now is the time to make an even greater push to help.
And we can only hope that the inaugural #GivingTuesday is the start of something even bigger!