CRYSTAL LAKE – After a bustling weekend of spending and overeating, local nonprofits are asking the community for donations that will help them pay it forward throughout the new year.
Globally, the day will be tracked online with the hashtag #GivingTuesday. Donations to many local nonprofits can be made online at the organizations’ websites or social media pages.
Groups such as the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole have their sights set on community donations that will help them fund the work they do throughout the year.
This Giving Tuesday is a first for Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole, Lakeside Legacy Foundation Executive Director Siobhan Cottone said in a news release.
“As we embark on our first year of participating in #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from our community to support our efforts to continue making an impact in the world of arts education,” Cottone said.
Lakeside Arts Park hosts events such as 1st Friday Art Shows and musical performances. Donations can be made at Facebook.com/LakesideArtParks.
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County hopes to raise $1,970 in honor of the group’s founding year, according to a news release.
The organization helps provide the community with educational programs and volunteer projects to help preserve the environment.
Donations to the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County can be made through Tuesday online at Facebook.com/environmentaldefenders/fundraisers. The group reached $445 of its total goal by Friday afternoon.
The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois also hopes to reach its $10,000 goal to help reach 2,000 girls through its outreach program, Project Opportunity. The outreach program helps girls facing financial and other at-risk barriers. More than 1,000 girls participate in the program, but GSNI hopes to double that number during 2018, according to a news release.
Donations to GSNI can be made by visiting gsnigivingtuesday.causevox.com. The group’s volunteer board of directors has offered to match this year’s donations up to $5,000. As of Friday afternoon, the Girl Scouts had raised $125.