It's time to GIVE!

First came Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Now, mark your calendar for something more meaningful and longer lasting than any sale: Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is a nationwide movement to solidify the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, as a day of pause to celebrate the true spirit of the Holidays - giving! Millions of families, individuals, businesses and charities partner each year on Giving Tuesday to celebrate and encourage giving. The goal of Giving Tuesday is to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back to local charities and causes they are passionate about, and in the process, encourage a more community-minded and less consumeristic holiday season. UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin explains it well:

“#GivingTuesday is a counter-narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism,” Kathy said. “The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.”
So, how can you join the movement and celebrate Giving Tuesday? 
  1. Support TEEM's #GivingTuesday campaign! We've set a goal to raise $1,125 on December 3. That's enough to cover the GED exam fees for nine TEEM participants! The easiest way to give? Our online donation portal, linked here.  
  2. Become a social media ambassador! "Donate" your Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress and Instagram feeds to #GivingTuesday, and mention that you'll be supporting TEEM on that day. Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #TEEMGiving in your posts, and tag @GivingTuesday and @TEEMOKC! For a complete toolkit, visit givingtuesday.org.  
  3. Take an #Unselfie! If you didn't know, Webster's recently named "selfie" the word of the year, giving the act of taking a picture of yourself a permanent place in the Dictionary. On #GivingTuesday, we're revolutionizing the seflie for good! On December 3, we encourage you to take an "#Unselfie" of yourself answering the question: "Why are you giving?" See the example and instructions below, and make sure to tag @TEEMOKC (on Twitter) and @OKCTEEM (on Facebook) and use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #unselfie.  

 

 Let us know if you'll be joining the #GivingTuesday Movement!