#GivingTuesday: Take part in an International day of giving this holiday season

On December 3rd, individuals, families, community members, charities and businesses alike will come together for the second annual #GivingTuesday — an international movement celebrating philanthropy and encouraging increased and more purposeful giving during the holiday season. New York’s 92nd Street Y and its many partners launched the movement in 2012 to celebrate the opening day of the giving season.

It’s a simple idea. Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks, and Black Friday and Cyber Monday are dedicated to shopping–Why not dedicate a day to giving back and helping others? #GivingTuesday is all about encouraging families, community members, companies and organizations to come together to give something more during the holiday season, and sharing how you’ve chosen to give back through word-of-mouth and social media — and encouraging others to do the same. On this #GivingTuesday, you can be a part of an international celebration of generosity!

Giving is deeply-rooted in human nature, and it has been documented that charity has positive effects on health, happiness, income and community life. But perhaps the most powerful impact of giving is the ability to shape one’s moral compass. It helps to build a sense of identity, community and global connectedness while generating support for those in need.

At Jewish Family & Children’s Service, we know giving back is truly important and our work is rooted in this belief. Through our comprehensive services, programs and community work, we work to give back to others by fulfilling what Jewish philosopher and Torah scholar Moses Maimonides calls “the greatest level of giving” –or Tzedakah.

In providing psychological, employment and social services, our goal is to help people who turn to us in times of transition and crisis access a full realm of services addressing their individual needs; and to ultimately help individuals and families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency whenever possible. Without our supporters, we simply could not assist the more than 8,000 clients we serve each year. The incredible outcomes and tremendous impact of our work is achieved through the support of our donors, volunteers and community partners — all of whom make our work possible.

On this #GivingTuesday, and throughout the holiday season, I hope that you will consider how you can get involved with JF&CS and the greater community, and why giving is important to you. #GivingTuesday is a perfect opportunity to begin the conversation and start taking steps to action. Maybe you will volunteer your time, donate items or make a monetary gift; but the decision to act is up to you.


Ways to support JF&CS on #Giving Tuesday – and every day of the year

 Read below to find out how you can work with us to support our mission:

  • Volunteer at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry or in our Refugee Department- Contact us to learn more.
  • Donate your car to JF&CS- Designate your donation to JF&CS through our partner North Hills Community Outreach’s Community Auto program.
  • Give your way- Learn about all the different donation options available to you through JF&CS.
Thank you for choosing JF&CS as an organization through which you can make a difference in the lives of those who truly need a helping hand.

United Way logoThe United Way of Allegheny County has many different volunteer opportunities available, including a few with JF&CS. Click here to learn more about how you can get involved.  

If you participate in the United Way of Allegheny County’s annual campaign, you may designate all or part of your donation to JF&CS. Our agency code is 76.

Here’s another volunteer opportunity, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, December 25th

Mitzvah Day is a long-standing tradition in Pittsburgh where the Jewish community comes together to provide services to different organization throughout the entire community on December 25.

Sign up soon as spots are filling fast!
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