Weiss Child Advocacy Center Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement To Encourage Spending With A Purpose

Flint, MI – The Weiss Child Advocacy Center has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.

Taking place December 1, 2015 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday creates a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping. Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizing joined together. With the help of the United Nations Foundation and other founding partners, more than 10,000 organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results.

The Weiss Child Advocacy Center, Genesee County’s local child abuse and neglect council, is participating in #GivingTuesday this year. “We serve a critical need in the community—preventing child abuse and helping victims become children again,” said Marcia Franks, Interim Executive Director. “We provide services to some of the most vulnerable children in Genesee County. It’s the perfect setting to assist children in revealing sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, or even child witnesses to murder. We also provide court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers who are the eyes and ears of the court to make sure a child doesn’t slip through the cracks,” continues Franks. In addition to the United Way of Genesee County, the Children’s Trust Fund, and other grants, the Weiss Center relies on the generosity of community members to continue this important work. “Every donation to the Weiss Child Advocacy Center can help save the life of a child in our community suffering from abuse or neglect.Please consider being part of the #GivingTuesday movement and make a donation on December 2, or any time before the end of the year,” urged Franks.

To make an online donation or find out more about the Weiss Child Advocacy Center visit www.weissadvocacycenter.org. Many companies will match donations, and between November 11 and December 19, Double the Donation is offering their matching gift service for free. To find out if your gift can be matched by your employer, visit http://doublethedonation.com/giving-tuesday. You can also find Weiss on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weissadvocacy and Twitter@WeissChild.