Giving Tuesday campaign returns, provides support for local non-profits

DELMARVA – It’s giving Tuesday, which means that in a span of 24-hours the local ‘Shore Give More’ campaign will residents across Eastern Shore the chance to give back to organizations making an impact in the community in Worcester, Somerset, Wicomico counties.

Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore President Erica Joseph says with so many generous people eager to give, they take extra steps to make sure donors know where their money’s going.

“All the organizations that are part of our campaign are qualified, charitable non-profit 501-c3s. We make sure that they’re up to date with all their state and federal requirements so that if you’re giving to that organization, you know that it’s a good place to put your money,” Joseph said.

Worcester County GOLD (Giving Others Lives Dignity) is one of those organizations, providing emergency assistance for things like housing, utilities, and even clothing for low-income families. “This has been the busiest year on record in our 25-year history for GOLD. We’ve never seen this level of requests or the level of need we’re currently seeing right now,” Worcester County GOLD Executive Director Nicholas Cranford said.

“The donations that we get can help keep a family warm, can help keep a roof over their head, and in some cases it can really be the difference between life and death.”

Since 2009, The Cricket Center has severed over 1,300 children impacted by abuse or neglect.

Executive Director Lauren Cooper says donations this giving Tuesday will help them purchase Cricket Kits that will be given to victims that undergo a sexual assault exam. “Usually when a crime occurs and the child needs to undergo and examination, their clothes are often seized as evidence and confiscated. It’s humiliating for the child,” Cooper said.

“We are raising money to be able to purchase clothing for that child so that they can leave the hospital with a sense of dignity. We also like to get them things geared towards their age, so developmentally appropriate handheld games, coloring books, and more.”

With 124 non-profits a part of this year’s campaign, those I spoke with say every penny counts. “Up until 11:59 tonight, it’s still a chance for people to get involved. Our goal is to really make sure that we do as much as possible and get as many people and organizations involved,” Joseph said.

Remember, you’re able to give multiple donations to as many organizations as you’d like.

You can also see a full profile of all of the non-profits participating and the causes they support.

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