The holiday season has begun in Juneau, with the annual shopping rush in full swing. Local organizations are joining forces with others around the world to help remind people that the season is about more than shopping.
Giving Tuesday is a follow-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, seeking to inspire people to collaborate in giving back in their communities. The movement aims to show the collective power of individuals and that every act of generosity counts.
REACH, Inc. and the Canvas Art Gallery are joining the movement, pledging to raise a minimum of $3,000 for a matching grant from the Skaggs Foundation. For any donation of $100 or more to REACH, the Skaggs Foundation will match the donation. People can go to www.reachak.org/contribute to donate.
Donations to REACH would go to various services that support those living with developmental and intellectual disabilities. REACH serves about 400 children and adults, providing youth programs, community inclusion programs, independent housing, employment opportunities and more. The Canvas Art Gallery & Studio offers exhibitions, courses and more, promoting an inclusive arts community.
Organizations in nearly 100 countries are taking part in Giving Tuesday, according to the movement’s website. Other Juneau organizations listed on the Giving Tuesday site include the Healing Hand Foundation, Sealaska Heritage Institute, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC), Southeast Alaska Independent Living, United Way of Southeast Alaska, and Young Life Juneau.