Michele’s Volunteer View – How You Can Be Part of Giving Tuesday

giving-tuesday-2016Thanksgiving feasts! Black Friday shopping! Cyber Monday clicking! The holidays are just days away and holiday prep is happening right now. While it’s great to get caught up in this happy time, I’d like to remind you of a lesser known (but extremely important) holiday – Giving Tuesday.

Celebrated on November 29 this year, Giving Tuesday is about giving your time, a donation, or the power of your voice to a cause you care about.  I’m asking you to care about the DRI Foundation – the charitable arm of DRI International. Here’s how:

Donate your Time: Join us for Volunteer Day at DRI2017 in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 25. 2017.  Visit driconference.org  to choose one of the following volunteer opportunities:

Half Day: Three Square
Three Square is a Food Bank dedicated to providing wholesome food to hungry people while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. Volunteers will be working in the Volunteer Room, which is the central operational support for all our programs and services. Volunteers will be involved in activities including, but not limited to, produce and grocery packing for individuals who receive meal assistance and mobile pantries; sorting and packing donated food and non-food items; and office support. You may be standing, bending, lifting, and walking on concrete in non-climate controlled areas.

Full Day: Veterans Village
Veterans Village is a transitional and permanent housing residence for United States Veterans.
Volunteers will be doing light construction and will primarily be responsible for painting veterans’ apartment units.

Make a Monetary Donation: No donation is too small, and all donations make a huge impact for the Foundation in helping us to achieve our mission.  You can donate online now at: https://drii.org/donation/

Donate a Gift: The DRI Foundation is seeking donations of water, soda, and snacks for Volunteer Day at DRI2017. If you or your organization can help with this effort, please contact me!

Share Your Voice: Help us spread the word about the DRI Foundation and what we are doing through social media by using #GivingTuesday and #DRIFoundation

There you have it folks, my call to action this month is outlined above.  Participate in Giving Tuesday and I look forward to this journey and to seeing many of you in Las Vegas at DRI2017!

Michele Ostler
DRI Foundation
Chair of Volunteerism