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Crossroads Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Crossroads Rhode Island, the largest homeless services organization in Rhode Island, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. 

PROVIDENCE, RI, [September 27, 2016]— Crossroads Rhode Island, the largest homeless services organization in Rhode Island, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on Nov. 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday that follows Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Its purpose is to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to charities and causes they support.

This year, Crossroads Rhode Island is encouraging all Rhode Islanders to help those less fortunate in the state by joining the Crossroads Rhode Island #GivingTuesday Challenge (#GivingTuesdayCRIChallenge). 

The organization is asking individuals to donate the price of a single meal (valued at $15), or in-kind donations to Crossroads Rhode Island. The group is also asking the Rhode Island business community to match employee donations and encourage their employees to hold individual fundraising events such as potluck benefits in the workplace to raise money. The goal of the campaign has been set at $189,400, to commemorate the founding of Crossroads Rhode Island in 1894.

“Since 1894, Crossroads Rhode Island has been serving some of the most vulnerable people in our state. We are enlisting all Rhode Island residents to help our homeless neighbors lift themselves up,” said Karen Santilli, president. 

92Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back—conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together more than 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 million online in the U.S. alone.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fifth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”

 

Those interested in joining Crossroads Rhode Island’s #GivingTuesdayCRIChallenge initiative can visit www.crossroadsri.org/givingtuesday.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the website, Facebook page or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.



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