The day after Thanksgiving everyone goes into a frenzy to score deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These retail holidays place a huge amount of emphasis on the urgency of need. But what does real need look like? Take a look around our community.
This year, try to hang on to the grateful spirit of Thanksgiving a little longer. What are you thankful for?
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been deemed Giving Tuesday, and turns the focus away from what you can GET, and instead focuses on what you can GIVE. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on December 3rd. This global movement aims to transform how people think about, and participate in the giving season.
There are Needs in Our Community
Every year we talk about the spirit of the holidays and of helping others. However the holidays in Butte County are going to be different this year. The devastation caused by the Camp Fire in 2018 will continue to result in very visible and widespread needs as well as impact our efforts to speed recovery.
The disaster focused our attention on our responses to it. But we have been reminded that our neighbors and communities had needs before, during and after the disaster. In other words, our efforts to fulfill our mission to help people and change lives are needed even more. What does it look like? It looks like a family in safe and secure housing working to improve their lives at our Esplanade House. It looks like more seniors, families and even students who participate in our food distribution efforts. It looks like people who we are working with to help their income go a bit farther through our efforts to help with their tax preparation, to make their homes more energy efficient or to keep their housing.
We invite you to join us in putting money behind our ideals. What can you skip buying this holiday season to put that money towards making a meaningful difference in someone's life? There will always be things we WANT, but there will rarely be such a great opportunity to help our friends and neighbors fulfill their basic NEEDS. For people who have lost everything or are just barely surviving, anything really does help.
This year Giving Tuesday donations will go to the area of the most need, including but not limited to our North State Food Bank, our Esplanade House, homelessness prevention actives, free tax services and more!
Give on Facebook for a DOUBLE BONUS!
PayPal and Facebook have teamed up to make your donations on Giving Tuesday have double the impact. When you make a donation on Facebook to any Giving Tuesday fundraiser, they will match your donation. Facebook will start matching donations on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd starting at 5:00 am PT and will continue thru 11:59pm PT, but the matching offer will expire when $7 million in donations is reached. So mark your calendars to give early on Dec 3rd on our Facebook page !
If you have been considering giving this season and want to double the impact of your donation, then go to our Facebook page on Tuesday and give whatever you can. Even small donations make a difference, don't be discouraged if you can only give a little. A simple donation of $20 will magically turn into $40 when you donate through Facebook on Giving Tuesday.
Please also share the fundraising campaign with others who might be interested in having their generous donations matched and doubled. This is a great opportunity for a grass-roots movement on social media that could make a real impact in our community as we continue to support needs for food and housing.
Other Options to Show Your Support
Don't have a Facebook page? No problem, we still have lot's of ways you can help.
Donate By Mail
- Please send a check to Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc., P.O. Box 6369, Chico CA 95927
Donate Online Via PayPal Giving
- By using PayPal Giving, your full donation goes directly to the CAA Fund of your choice. PayPal waives all processing fees so the community gets the full benefit of your tax deductible donation. Click on the fund of your choice below: