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  • Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs respond to Urgent COVID19 Need through Joining #GivingTuesdayNow

    DUNMORE/WILKES-BARRE, 4/28/2020 – The Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs are responding to meet the needs of our communities through participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity being celebrated on May 5th, 2020.
    #GivingTuesdayNow is an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. 
    At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are. 
    The Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs are non-profit, charitable organizations turning no one away for an inability to pay. Last year, the Ys collectively awarded more than $1.45 million annually in financial assistance to children, adults and families from across our communities who were in need. As we project the need for financial assistance to grow in the coming months, we are relying now more than ever on the support of our community.
    “The past several weeks have been difficult for our community, nation and Y movement,” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA. “But, they have also been inspiring. #GivingTuesdayNow will provide all of us with a way to give back in whatever ways we can. Through generosity, true change can occur.”
    “The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA is honored to participate in #GivingTuesdayNow,” said Jim Thomas, Executive Director, Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. “I have been so inspired by the generosity of our community in times of need. #GivingTuesdayNow will offer all of us an with an avenue for philanthropy, generosity and civic engagement.”
    People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to the Greater Scranton or Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs, every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing. 
    “As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”

    Those interested in supporting the Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts, or to learn more, can visit the Greater Scranton or Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs’ websites.
    For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter. For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas. 
    About GivingTuesday
    GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
    Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.
    #GivingTuesdayNow is organized by GivingTuesday, in partnership with its global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals. GivingTuesday is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.
    About the Y
    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.
    www.greaterscrantonymca.org / www.wbymca.org.

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