#GivingTuesday: 20 ways to give back locally

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, community members will come together to give. It’s a simple idea. Here in West Michigan there are multiple organizations participating in Giving Tuesday. Below are 20 local non-profits where you can give time or money this season.


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Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. We’ve all heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but #GivingTuesday starts the charitable season in a positive way. Any gesture big or small will contribute to Giving Tuesday.



Girls On The Run


A non-profit after-school program that encourages preteen girls to develop self- respect and healthy lifestyles through running.

IM Kids 3rd Meal Program


IM KIDS 3rd Meal is a feeding program servicing insecure children in  Ionia and Montcalm counties.


Feeding West Michigan


Feeding America West Michigan works to ensure safe food is available to the hungry in West Michigan. Each year, FAWM serves an estimated 492,100 people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Lori’s Voice

Lori’s Voice is an organization that helps young people who are living with a disabilities. Assistance includes medical needs that are not covered by insurance.



Catholic Charities West Michigan


A community-based agency providing programs in Western Michigan, and offering a variety of services ranging from prevention and education to crisis intervention.  All programs are designed to help families and individuals succeed.

Donate to GoodWill


When you drop off your donations at Goodwill, you’ll receive a receipt from a donation attendant. Each donation can be claimed for a tax deduction for clothing and household items that are in good condition.

Salvation Army


ACT-Artists Creating Together


ACT’s mission is to empower people with disabilities from West and Northern Michigan with interactive experiences, both artistic & cultural, while providing opportunities for personal growth and learning.

Benjamin’s Hope


To embracing natural setting where people with disability and the community gather for Christ-centered fellowship, treatment, housing and meaningful work.

Olivia’s Gift


Olivia’s Gift is a model for nonprofit residential living for adults with severe disabilities.

Humane Society West Michigan


Humane Society of West Michigan  assists over 11,000 animals annually, and is 100% donor-funded. Programs help reduce pet overpopulation, provide assistance to low income pet owners, behaviorally assess animals and reunite lost pets with their owners.

Women At Risk International


Women At Risk, International unites and educates women to create circles of protection from human trafficking and other culturally sensitive intervention projects.

Milan’s Miracle Run


Kids and families throughout West Michigan come together for various events to help raise funds to cure pediatric cancer. Milan’s Miracel Fund raiseses crucial funds in memory of Milan, an eight year old little girl who lost her battle with Cancer in February, 2009. Family and Friends established Milan’s Miracle Fund to help other families.

Making Smiles for Hope


Making Smiles for Hope host workshops where volunteers use their imagination and creativity to put together beautiful headbands, hats, and whatever else they can think of that might make a child, undergoing treatment, smile.

Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary


Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary is always in need of volunteers. Volunteering can be rewarding and a great way to help the dogs at the sanctuary.

Reach Out And Read


Reach Out and Read helps to promote early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families. Each year, medical providers at nearly 5,000 Reach Out and Read program sites distribute 6.5 million books to children and invaluable literacy adive to parents. Volunteers and donations are always needed for the local Reach Out And Read Programs.

*Facts courtesy: GivingTuesday.org

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