Non-profits benefit from Shore Gives More

SALISBURY, Md. – It’s the season of giving and what better way to give back than to donate to local non-profits that do great work right in our backyard. That’s the premise of the Shore Gives More.

“We want everyone to realize that being a philanthropist doesn’t mean that you’re rich or wealthy. It means you have a heart to give, regardless of what that amount is,” says Erica Joseph, the President of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

Giving Tuesday is an initiative during the season of giving that falls right after Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“Your one dollar, two dollars, five dollars, ten dollars, it really makes a difference,” says Caroline Phillips, the Community Outreach Coordinators for the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. “After a weekend of spending, to give back to the non-profits that are serving the community.”

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore has branded the day as the Shore Gives More.

“We really focus here on Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester. And we know how generous it is. And we want to prove every year that we have the most generous community with the Shore Gives More campaign,” says Joseph.

Over 100 non-profits benefit from the fundraising efforts including the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

“The dollars that we’re able to generate through Giving Tuesday and the Shore Gives More campaign really allows us to brighten a child’s holiday season and that’s what’s most meaningful for us through this campaign,” says Phillips.

The Village Hope also benefits. It’s a non-profit that offers transitional housing services on the Eastern Shore.

“This time of year, of thanks and giving, during the holiday season really helps the village begin a new year on a solid financial foundation,” says Donna Richardson, the President and CEO of the Village of Hope.

At the end of day, the non-profits rely on the community to fund them because it’s donations that keep them running. “We do a lot with grants and fundraising events but it really comes down to the generosity of people especially around the holidays,” says Phillips.

The Shore Gives More campaign runs until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3. You can donate here.

If you missed out on the campaign, you can always visit the Community Foundation’s website to donate to local non-profits. Just click here.

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