GivingTuesday youth ambassadors Lauren Turos and Logan Williams have a million wishes this holiday season. To celebrate the global day of giving, the two young ladies are leading what they call the Cleveland Kindness Challenge, and their hope is to inspire a million people to do one kind act for a neighbor, friend or stranger!
The rules are rather simple. Participants can go online to the #GivingTuesdayCLE website and register their acts of kindness. Not sure what to do? Jamie Zagar, owner and publisher of Macaroni Kid, has a few suggestions, such as donating to a food bank, baking holiday cookies for a neighbor, paying it forward at a local coffee shop, or picking up litter at a nearby park. The sky’s the limit when it comes to being kind.
The GivingTuesday Cleveland campaign is partnering with Greater Cleveland Community Shares to raise funds for local non-profits. Lauren Turos, 11, and Logan Williams,12, are working alongside Community Shares to create a Youth Giving Circle for social justice and racial equity, the first of its kind in Cleveland. “It doesn’t matter what color you are, how old you are, or what your culture is. We all can make a change,” Logan passionately adds.
According to Cynthia Ries, the executive director of Greater Cleveland Community Shares, “GivingTuesday perfectly aligns with the founding values of Community Shares. We are all about democratizing philanthropy and collaborative fundraising. Our 38 members focus on long-term solutions to social justice issues. Over 3,000 donors choose to give through Community Shares because they know that together we do more.”
“This year,” Ries continues, “we are working with Lauren and Logan to create Cleveland’s first-ever Youth Giving Circle for social justice and racial equity. Funds raised will be pooled and given away in micro grants to our neighborhoods most in need, and the best part is that the youth will gather to discuss their interests and priorities and make the decisions. We are very excited to launch this in 2021.”
The planning committee for GivingTuesday Cleveland believes that the world cannot wait for change and that youth empowerment is, therefore, a must to ensure a brighter future. “The past few years I’ve helped with GivingTuesday but not in this way. I’m really excited to work with Logan and to help the community,” Lauren joyfully shares. The Youth Giving Circle is open to children ages 8-13; parents can inquire about participation on the #GivingTuesdayCLE website while registering their acts of kindness.
Although GivingTuesday is on December 1, the Kindness Challenge is currently taking place and goes on until December 15. Donations can be given directly online or by purchasing GivingTuesday merchandise, with all proceeds benefiting Community Shares.
Logan and Lauren are busy with their good deeds– passing out blessing bags filled with snacks and hygiene items and creating a giving tree covered with hats and mittens for those who need them this winter. Let’s join our young leaders in making their holiday dreams come true, a million times over.
Visit givingtuesdaycle.com to participate in the Cleveland Kindness Challenge or to support one of many local nonprofit organizations on GivingTuesday.