What’s the Big Deal with May 6th?

By: Caitlin Vanlaningham Last Updated: May 5, 2014

give-local-may-2014Tomorrow is the nationwide holiday known as Giving Day. You may or may not have seen nonprofits in your area shouting out messages, tweets, press releases, hanging signs, or overheard someone talking about it lately. But what is it? And how is it important to you and your community?

Giving Day is a big day for nonprofits all over America because it is one day where people just like you will be coming together to "give local" through their local community foundations, charities and national partnerships.

The idea of the community foundation came about 100 years ago in 1914 so this year will be the centennial celebration of the community foundation!

Community foundations are tax-exempt, charitable organizations that provide a simple approach to giving through personalized service and community leadership. Today, more than 750 community foundations can be found serving communities all over the country.

The Porter County Community Foundation is taking part in Giving Day with the local effort Give Local Porter County. They will be joining communities across the country in a 24-hour straight time of giving on May 6. This is a completely online event that and anyone can donate. Money raised will be used for a wide variety of causes.

Donations made on May 6th will also help the nonprofit of your choice potentially win national and local incentive grant prizes! That means more money for more charities! This is a huge opportunity to easily show your generosity and help you local communities.

Starting at midnight on May 6, go to www.givelocalportercounty.org and donate to any of the organizations below! Then after you donate, send out a tweet, share on Facebook, and just tell people so that the word can get out and that will get more people to give!

Organizations participating in Giving Day in Porter County:

A Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH, Inc)
Best Buddies Pet Pantry Inc
Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, Inc.
Caring Place
Chasing Dreams
Dayspring Women's Center, Inc.
Duneland Education Foundation, Inc.
Dunes Learning Center
Family & Youth Services Bureau
Family Concern Counseling
Family House
First Contact
Frontline Foundations, Inc.
Gabriel's Horn Shelter
Habitat for Humanity of Porter County
Hannah's Hope
Hilltop Neighborhood House
Housing Opportunities
Independent Cat Society
Jacob's Ladder Pediatric Rehab Center
Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry
Memorial Opera House Foundation
Mental Health America of Porter County
NeighborLink Porter County
Neighbors Corporation
Neighbors' Educational Opportunities
NorthShore Health Centers
Opportunity Enterprises
Pines Village Retirement Communities, Inc.
Portage Township Emergency Food Pantry
Portage Township YMCA
Porter County 4-H Council, Inc.
Porter County Association for Handicapped Children and Adults, Inc.
Porter County Cancer Society, Inc.
Porter County Public Library System
Porter-Starke Services Foundation
Rebuilding Together - Duneland
Rebuilding Together-Hebron, Inc
Reins of Life, Inc.
Save the Dunes Conservation Funds
Shults-Lewis Child and Family Services
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens Foundation, Inc.
United Way of Porter County
Valparaiso Parks Foundation
Valparaiso Theatrical Co. Inc.
Valpo Familly YMCA
Visiting Nurse Association of Porter County
Westchester Food Pantry

Check out the Porter County Community Foundation on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, visit their website, and join the Give Local Porter County event page on Facebook!