CCAAA, Village of Hope Join Global #GivingTuesday Movement

Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging and The Village of Hope Inc., Lecontes Mills–CCAAA, and its subsidiary, The Village of Hope Inc., have joined the #GivingTuesday movement.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

The Village of Hope Inc., will be an alternative to institutional care for those with cognitive loss, and will be a safe, supportive environment for disabled adults and grandparents raising grandchildren.

Donations can be made on the Web site, www.ourvillageofhope.com, under “Current Fundraiser.”

Occurring this year on Dec. 3, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the United States) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

#GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

CCAAA is embracing the power of online giving, for the first time ever, by participating in #GivingTuesday.

The agency believes The Village of Hope to be a beacon for so many across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States due to its unique, innovative nature, and being a part of #GivingTuesday showcases the benefits of this community to people who might not otherwise be aware of it and who may also be drawn to donate for such a cause.

The CC AAA and The Village of Hope have set $15,000 as the initial goal, but are optimistic about exceeding that amount.

Partnering with Dr. Bill Thomas, MINKA Homes and KTH Architects, has not only solidified the core foundation of the village, but has also powered its ingenuity and potential impact for those it stands to serve.

Kathleen Gillespie, chief executive officer of the CCAAA and visionary of The Village of Hope, chose the project’s name because a family member once told her, after Gillespie has opened her first dementia unit, “If it were me or my family affected [by dementia], I would simply want to know there is hope.”

Founded in 2012, GivingTuesday has inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in.  Over $400 million was raised online in 2018 to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing and acts of kindness.

“When GT launched in the United States in 2012, we believed that technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral;” said Asha Curran, Giving Tuesday’s chief executive officer and co-founder.

“We believed in the idea that people fundamentally want to give and to talk about giving; and that the social sector had the capacity to show more innovative leadership, creativity and collaboration.  People and organizations around the world proved us right.

“As we prepare for Dec. 3, we’re energized and encouraged by the community’s generosity.  The levels of creativity, effort and the quality of the new ideas people have contributed and shared are phenomenal.”

The Village of Hope has created its own hashtag, #GivingThemHopeDay, which will be used on social media to draw donors to the cause.

Those who are interested in joining CCAAA and The Village of Hope #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.ourvillageofhope.com, click on “Current Fundraiser” and then “Donate.”

Individuals can also follow CCAAA and The Village of Hope Inc. on Facebook by each non-profit’s name, respectively.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday web site (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

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