United Way Invites the Community to Give on #GivingTuesday, December 1

On Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore and many of its locally funded partners will join #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that unites individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
“While no one single person can solve all of the social issues in our community, United Way consistently demonstrates that, acting together, people can make a real difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors on the Shore,” said Kathleen Mommé, Executive Director of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. “Individuals giving to your local United Way on #GivingTuesday can rely on the responsible stewardship of their contributions to be directed to those facing poverty locally by alleviating the effects and moving them towards self-sufficiency.”
United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore is a cornerstone of support for its 29 agencies with 62 programs, currently impacting 77,000 individuals in the four lower counties.  For a listing of local United Way funded programs, visit www.uwles.org/programs. Individuals wishing to contribute on #GivingTuesday are encouraged to visit www.uwles.org/give to make a donation.  For those unable to make financial contributions, United Way encourages individuals to donate the gift of their time to one of the many local organizations who have needs by visiting GetConnected, an online tool for volunteers and nonprofits at www.getconnected.uwles.org
About #GivingTuesday:
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate giving to those in need, and will be observed on December 1st, 2015.  This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.
About United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore: 
Now in its 71st year, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore continues to be the largest non-governmental source of funding for 62 critical programs in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties. United Way helps Eastern Shore residents obtain Educational Success by reducing the achievement gap between low and middle income students, Financial Stability by advancing the economic security of families and individuals in our community, and Good Health by improving access to and awareness of local health and wellness services. In the 2014-2015 campaign year, United Way provided nearly $1.3 million to community programs and helped to change the lives of over 77,000 individuals.