Senior Planet members from around the nation are rallying to support the cause by donating to our #GivingTuesday campaign! Giving Tuesday is a “global day of generosity” that started in 2012, partly as an antidote to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday emphasis on “buying and getting.”
This year’s Giving Tuesday is December 3. Senior Planet’s campaign has a goal of $5,000, and all members and fans of Senior Planet are being encouraged to donate whatever their means may allow, simply by visiting the secure online donation webpage. Members may also contribute in-person during a class session.
Nancy O’Donohue, a 73-year-old Senior Planet member in New York, went to the campaign’s website to make her donation. “The Senior Planet courses I took were very good and I appreciate the opportunity to follow up afterwards on the internet. I’ve also met people who have very interesting lives; I connected with one who has become a good friend. For people who are alone and daunted by technology, Senior Planet is such a great resource. I’m glad to give!” said Nancy.
Eric Martin from Portland, Oregon says: “I’ve been following Senior Planet for a long time. I’m in the tech industry… this is my passion. I’m happy to contribute.”
William Morris, a donating member from New York City says, “I’ve done a lot of stuff with Senior Planet. I’ve taken classes and volunteered. I enjoyed my time with Senior Planet very much. I’m sorry I can’t get to Senior Planet in-person any more, but I can still keep in touch!”
Marlene Cianci, an 86-year-old member based in Silver Spring, Maryland, writes, “OATS means a lot to me. I’m in favor of contributing to organizations that serve senior citizens. I gave to OATS for Giving Tuesday even though I am inundated with requests. I’m very appreciative of the classes; the instructors are great. I have been using a computer for 20 years, and I am amazed at what I learned at Senior Planet classes. There is always something new to learn.”
What began in 2012 as a project of the 92nd Street Y in New York has blossomed into a large collection of campaigns organized by thousands of different nonprofits in nations around the globe, who use the day as a prompt to spark awareness, volunteering, and financial donations. Last year, these efforts collectively raised over $400 million worldwide, and Giving Tuesday now bills itself as “the biggest generosity movement of all time.”
Older adults who are part of the Senior Planet community are energized by the campaign and are using the run-up to the big day as an opportunity to give, while also expressing their gratitude for the many benefits Senior Planet produces.