Press Release: Joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity
Here There and EVERYwhere Responds to Urgent COVID19 Need to Break Isolation of Domestic Violence Survivors, Joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity
New York, NY, May 1st 2020 – here there and EVERYwhere, an arts and vocational training program is responding to meet the needs of survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking in the New York City Area by transitioning their in-person offerings into an online format, providing creative outlets and supports for survivors.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.
Like other artists deeply impacted by the loss of places to show and sell their work, survivor participants of the here there and EVERYwhere program cycles rely on the income they receive from the sales of their handcrafted goods they create. However, survivors now have additional pressures beyond economic instability during the coronavirus pandemic itself, as orders to limit movement have increased isolation and a sudden rise in reported domestic violence (up 15-20% in recent weeks).
HELP SUPPORT SURVIVORS OF TRAUMA AMIDST THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS
People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing.
As the building here there and EVERYwhere operated out has shuttered its doors for the foreseeable future, the program has rapidly transitioned to support survivors online, wherever they are. While support of here there and EVERYwhere through Amazon Smile purchases and numerous volunteer man-hours has been helpful, it isn’t enough to meet immediate expenses, such as specific arts supplies for survivor participants as well as pay arts instructors and key staff, so a GoFundMe campaign has been launched.
“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”
Those interested in joining here there and EVERYwhere’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit https://bit.ly/SurvivorsThriveWithArt.
For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter. For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas.
ABOUT HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE:
here there and EVERYwhere empowers survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking through creative expression, entrepreneurialism, and community engagement. htE’s creative expression & vocational training programming cycles introduce survivors to various creative expression tools and techniques including but not limited to sewing, jewelry making, fabric painting, upcycled crafts, storytelling, theater, and more.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.
#GivingTuesdayNow is organized by GivingTuesday, in partnership with its global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals. GivingTuesday is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.
Annalisa Rivera, Development Manager
here there and EVERYwhere