Giving Tuesday is designed to promote charitable spirit

Several local charities are encouraging holiday shoppers to improve their communities by donating to local charities on Giving Tuesday

Established in the wake of the 2007-08 recession, a few years after Small Business Saturday was founded, #GivingTuesday is designed to promote a charitable spirit among holiday shoppers as they set out for the first wave of holiday sales after Thanksgiving.

The Chenango County Historical Society will celebrate the global day of philanthropy by encouraging donations to The Legacy, a fund designed to ensure  that every school and every child in Chenango County has the opportunity to experience Chenango County history by offsetting the costs of school field trip expenses.

To grow momentum for this year’s #GivingTuesday, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation will match every donation made through The Legacy campaign – dollar for dollar – up to a total of $2,500 through Dec. 31, according to a media release. 

“The generous support from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation is inspiring!” said Jessica Moquin, CCHS executive director. “This special matching opportunity means that every dollar given will make double the impact in supporting the advancement of research, education and enjoyment of Chenango County history. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this very unique opportunity, so that their financial support can make the greatest difference possible in achieving our mission.”

Community members can join The Legacy by pledging a minimum $15 monthly gift at tinyurl.com/CCHSTheLegacy. The organization is projected to reach its $5,000 fundraising goal if 25 families commit $15 monthly, according to the release.

Dedicated to actively and comprehensively preserving the history of Chenango County, CCHS celebrates local culture – unique traditions, noteworthy residents and unusual stories. Museum visitors are immersed in the center of Chenango County’s past through exhibits exploring the rich history of the local region.

Admission to the museum is a free-will donation, and about 75% of CCHS’ public programming is offered free of charge. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For more information, call 607-334-9227 or follow Chenango County Historical Society and Museum on Facebook.

Friends of Rogers, another Chenango County organization, will once again participate in #GivingTuesday, according to a media release. 

Rogers Center is operated by Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs for people of all ages, according to the release.

Oxford-based Blueox Energy will match any donation up to $500 made to Friends of Rogers  in support of the Rogers Environmental Education Center on #GivingTuesday. Donations can be made at www.friendsofrogers.org/get-involved/#make-a-gift until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Gilligan’s of Sherburne will also offer a #GivingTuesday opportunity in support of Rogers Center for the fourth consecutive year, according to the release. From 4 p.m. until close, 20% of evening meal proceeds will be donated to Friends of Rogers.

“We are extremely grateful to Blueox and Gilligan’s for partnering with us,” said executive director Simon Solomon. “We appreciate the support of both organizations.  We hope community members take advantage of these special opportunities so that their financial support can have the greatest impact possible at Rogers Center.”

Seasonal hours at Rogers Environmental Center are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 607-674-4733 or visit friendsofrogers.org.

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