Valley Gives Day is a 24 hour fundraising effort on December 12, 2013 for the nonprofits in Western Massachusetts. Please participate and support Providence Ministries, the Holyoke Career Closet’s parent organization.
Providence Ministries is a nonprofit that seeks to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and clothe the needy. Your donation will help Kate’s Kitchen provide a free lunch for those in need 365 days a year. A $10 donation will go towards feeding a family of 4 a hot Christmas meal!
Please visit our Valley Gives page for more information on how to donate:
If you need some more persuading, here are some excellent reasons to donate:
1) Giving to charity may improve your sense of well-being
The act of helping others can create an improved sense of well-being. Knowing that you sacrificed something such as time, finances or property in order to help others in need can give you a sense of purpose in life or work and inner satisfaction.
2) Supporting a cause can help keep you informed about issues of social injustice
When considering donating to a charity, many people tend to research the issues connected to that organization. As a result, you become more educated about social injustices around the world. You may discover new points of view and opinions on topics about which you were previously uniformed. This knowledge may position you to help increase the awareness of social problems among those in your sphere of influence from a balanced and educated standpoint.
3) Giving to charity out of spiritual conviction can strengthen your spiritual life
Selfless giving is a key component to many spiritual and religious belief systems. Recognizing that you have taken action in line with your spiritual beliefs by offering your resources to others in need can bring a sense of inner peace and contentment.
4) Donations are tax deductible
When you donate to a charitable organization or a non-profit group, the amount you donate is tax deductible. But not only is the money you give tax deductible, so are the amounts you spend on travel, parking costs and even convention and event fees that are related to the non-profit group, as long as you are not being reimbursed by the charity for these expenses.
5) Volunteering with a charity may result in physical and social benefits
After donating financially to a charity or non-profit organization, you may feel an inner pull to become more involved with the cause by donating your time and skill as well. By volunteering, you have the opportunity to build your social circles while reaping the physical, mental and spiritual benefits from the labor you contribute to your favorite cause.