Michele’s Volunteer View: Get Ready for Giving Tuesday – Nov. 27, 2018!

The holidays are just days away and prep is happening right now for Thanksgiving feasts.  Before we know it, there will be the onslaught of Black Friday shopping, Cyber Monday clicking and the joys of the holiday season.  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. Giving Tuesday is a holiday that kicks off the charitable giving season. 

Celebrated on November 27th this year, Giving Tuesday is about giving your time, a donation, or the power of your voice to a cause you care about.  A very important cause and one that is near and dear to my heart is the DRI Foundation.

Here are some simple ways for how you can get involved with the DRI Foundation and help this holiday season:

Donate your Time: Join us for Volunteer Day at DRI2019 in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  Visit conference.drii.org to register.

This year, all our activities will be taking place at Veterans Village where we will be offering our volunteers a half day track or a full day track.  In addition, when you register to participate, you will be asked to select your areas of interest for the day.  We want to offer our volunteers a variety of activities to keep the day fun and exciting.  You can select from:

  • Clean Up – Light Labor. Tasks May Include: Food Pantry, Gardening and Weeding, Light Maintenance.
  • Paint Up – Painting Indoors and Outdoors at the Veterans Facility
  • Fix Up – Heavy Labor. Tasks May Include: Heavy Lifting, Manual Labor, Basic Repairs & Carpentry.

It’s a great way to get involved in your community, spend some time with friends and colleagues and have a lot of fun while making a big difference in the lives of others.

If you have any questions about Volunteerism, contact me at:  mostler@drii.org or 917-796-5571

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 donation 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 DRI2019. 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. You can:

  • Bring a friend to Volunteer Day.
  • Let people know what we are doing through social media by using the hashtags:
    • #GivingTuesday
    • #DRIFoundation

There you have it folks, my call to action this month is outlined above.  Participate in Giving Tuesday and help make a difference this holiday season!  I look forward to this journey and to seeing many of you in Las Vegas at DRI2019!

Michele Ostler
DRI Foundation
Chair of Volunteerism