Friday, 01 May 2020 15:15

OP-ED: #GivingTuesday: We can be United even while we’re apart

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Right now it’s easy to feel isolated. But even though we are apart, we are United. We are still a community.

We are a community that is full of hand-raisers and doers. One full of people who are strong, compassionate, generous and full of resolve. We know if we come together, we’ll get through this and be stronger on the other side. We know, because we’ve seen the power of OUR community. 

The Power of Community

United Way of Richmond County has served our community for the last 53 years. During that time, we have seen this community face and survive many crises. We have made it through natural disasters, episodes of violence, financial downturns and other hardships by working together, supporting each other and creating innovative solutions to old problems.

During the last two months, this power of community has been on full display as our friends and neighbors respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses, nonprofit partners and individuals have all answered the call for help. 

But though there is many more people still need help. So we are asking generous people in the community like you to do what you always do – come together and give.

 A Worldwide Day of Giving and Unity

To add power to this moment, we are asking you to considering giving on May 5 during #GivingTuesdayNow, a special worldwide event. On this first Tuesday of May, thousands of people and organizations around the world will be coming together in acts of unity and giving as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

What You Can Do

If you are looking for a way to give back and safely connect to OUR community again, we ask you to donate to the Richmond County COVID-19 Relief Fund. #GivingTuesdayNow.

Michelle Parrish is executive director of the United Way of Richmond County.