Today is #GivingTuesday. What’s #GivingTuesday? It’s an idea that began a few years ago, and grew out of the tradition of Black Friday shopping, and the more recent growth of Cyber Monday, the day dedicated to online shopping.
During the holiday season, we spend a lot of time and energy on searching out bargains and looking for that perfect gift. #GivingTuesday is all about taking a moment amidst the holiday rush to support the things we think are important by investing in them.
If you would like to help support the work that CAFÉ TAC does to promote recovery and the peer voice, we would certainly welcome the contribution. You can do that here.
But the point of this message isn’t to ask you to donate to CAFÉ TAC. It’s to remind you of two important things.
- One, you have a voice, and that voice matters.
- Two, it’s not just the things you say that represent your voice out in the world. It’s also how you invest your time, energy and effort, and your hard earned dollars.
So on this #GivingTuesday, we encourage you to find something that you believe in and contribute to it. Even if it’s only one dollar, that dollar represents your voice, and speaks to the kind of world you want to help create. So be empowered, and make that voice heard on this #GivingTuesday!
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