The kickoff to the holiday season has ever increasingly been about shopping. From Black Friday to Small Business Saturday and ending with Cyber Monday, the rush to get the gift purchasing part of the holidays started soon after Thanksgiving is very real. And that is why the advent of the #GivingTuesday movement couldn’t be more welcomed.
#GivingTuesday, now in its’ sixth year, is a social media movement that “celebrates and supports philanthropy” in order to bring about real change in our communities.
As an apartment management company that has operated in Oak Park for over thirty years we have seen the impact that local community charities make to our Village. The amount of necessary services provided by the multitude of neighborhood organizations, their staff and volunteers is humbling.
With that in mind we were honored and fortunate to be able to donate to the following eight very worthy charities during #GivingTuesday2017:
- NAMI Metro Suburban – National Alliance for Mental Health
- Sarah’s Inn
- Oak Park Area Arts Council
- The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Children’s Clinic
- The Day Nursery
- L’Arche Chicago
- Wonder Works, A Children’s Museum
- Oak-Leyden Developmental Services
We hope that by highlighting these groups others will learn about and decide to help these groups with their important missions.
#GivingTuesday is a wonderful day but these groups, along with many other amazing philanthropic organizations, operate all year round, providing services, support, love and care for many and really, everyday is a good day to give.