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Giving Tuesday sees support countywide; How you can give back this season

Posted at 5:54 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 23:10:38-05

The season of giving is in full swing and Central Coast community members and organizations have come together to show kindness and generosity on this year's Giving Tuesday.

San Luis Obispo County resident Jamie Pennelly says that the day offers her time to reflect and think about how she is going to give back.

Other community members say giving back is bringing joy during unprecedented times.

Some organizations like local non-profit ECHO in Atascadero say their organization relies on donations to expand and operate.

CEO of ECHO, Wendy Lewis, says the pandemic has presented unique challenges.

“A lot of times people have an actual physical event on Giving Tuesday, an open house or something where people can come see your work. This year, unfortunately, with COVID we have transitioned everything online," she says.

Despite the challenge, Lewis was pleasantly surprised.

"It has been pretty amazing. The community has really stepped up and kept supporting our work and we have actually seen an uptick, which is so critical," she says.

The giving spirit has extended far and wide, even to local art and music organizations.

Director of San Luis Obispo Symphony Anna James Miller says the community's support is crucial.

“I think what is exciting is that the community understands that even if they can only contribute $50 or $100, it really goes such a long way when everyone comes together and pitches in for support,” she says.

If you are considering donating this Giving Tuesday, here are some local non-profits and organizations that are asking for donations:

The Boys and Girls Club of Mid Central Coast
"This Giving Tuesday, your donation to Boys & Girls Club of Mid Central Coast is a simple act that will make a big impact for kids in our community who are counting on us. Kids in Atascadero, Guadalupe, Paso Robles, Santa Maria, and Shandon. All of our 13 Clubs are open and serving kids from 7:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday and our youth need your help." -Boys & Girls Club

United Way of Santa Barbara County
"On this day, every single act of volunteerism or donation to United Way will be amplified by the sheer number of people joining in. Together we can strengthen communities. Help people thrive through education, jobs, and health. And change lives forever." -United Way

Community Partners in Caring of Santa Maria
"Today, December 1, 2020 is the day of global generosity named, Giving Tuesday. We need your help in order to stand up and show our isolated seniors that there is a community that cares for them" -Community Partners in Caring

ECHO of Atascadero
"In the whole wide world of #GivingTuesday, we would sure appreciate if you chose to donate to ECHO. Helping to solve the issue of hunger and homelessness in our community with you as our supporters." -Echo

Volunteer hours, gift cards, and online contributions are some of the things organizations are asking for. However, each website has instructions on how to donate and what items they are looking for individually.