By Dylan Joffe, HQ Social Media Manager, City Year, Inc.
I have a lot to be thankful for after a few days home with my family for Thanksgiving.
I am thankful that I only live a few hours away from my parents, so I can get home easily to celebrate the holidays with them. I am thankful that my brother lives close by, so he can join us for the festivities. I am thankful that we were able to have a lovely dinner together as a family, able to put food on the table and all able take a day off from work to celebrate together. I am thankful for so much this time of year – and thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on that.
Thanksgiving also reminds me that while I am thankful for so much, I have been given a lot. While home for a few days, I receive a delicious meal. I receive some leftovers to take back to Boston with me. I receive praise from my parents’ friends and greetings from my childhood peers. I usually receive a free bus ticket home and some new clothes for work because my parents are just so excited to see me.
I get and get and get all week long – which is why I really like the idea of #GivingTuesday.
Today marks the 2nd annual #GivingTuesday. In the wake of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday was created as a time for people to give. It is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season. #GivingTuesday was started by New York’s 92nd Street Y, but expanded quickly with partners like the United Nations Foundation, and became a reality in 2012.
Last year, #GivingTuesday had more than 2,500 partners from every state in the US. Over 50 million people shared the #GivingTuesday message on social media. It is a great campaign – one that celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.
This year, I am giving to City Year for #GivingTuesday.
Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of school in America. More than 1 million students will drop out of school this year. These are startling numbers. These are the numbers I learned when I joined the City Year team – numbers that made me passionate to start my work and support City Year’s mission.
This year, we are asking people to give $26 dollars to City Year on #GivingTuesday. $26 represents the student that drops out every 26 seconds. $26 represents a commitment to supporting our communities by helping our students stay in school and on track to graduate.
Donations to City Year can be made here.