#GiveCatholicWM on Giving Tuesday Dec. 1!

Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, is an opportunity for Catholics and others to #GiveCatholicWM in support of our diocese’s parishes, schools and ministries. During 24 hours of giving on Dec. 1, we’re encouraging you to give a gift to your favorite parish, school or ministry in the diocese with the goal of accomplishing good things together with others through the power of generosity!

The opportunity to give begins at 12 a.m. on Dec. 1. From 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. that day, individuals are able to give securely online. Click the following link that day to donate: bitly.com/givecatholicwm

You have the opportunity to give in general or to designate their gift for a particular parish, school, or ministry. 100% of your designated donation goes to the parish, school or ministry you select. Credit card fees are not charged.

Giving Tuesday and the Gospel value of charity

Since 2012, Giving Tuesday has become the world’s largest giving movement. At the heart of this movement is what Catholics recognize as the Gospel value of charity. “Charity unites love of God with love of neighbor; it bridges Old and New Testaments; it provides the foundation for human morality; it spans all time and all peoples.” (In All Things Charity: A Pastoral Challenge for the New Millennium, USCCB) Generosity of spirit, of time, and of material goods is an integral part of our Catholic faith and, when practiced, has the ability to bring people together, promote human dignity, and build a better society.

Along with monetary gifts, Giving Tuesday is a day to give of our time. While COVID-19 presents hurdles to volunteering in person, some organizations have continued to do this safely while others offer virtual volunteer opportunities. If you wish to give of your time, check with the non-profit ahead of time to determine how they are operating during the pandemic. Other ways to give of our time include checking in on a neighbor, giving blood, or showing your gratitude for healthcare workers, service providers, and other essential workers by writing and sending letters of thanks to a local hospital, or dropping off a donation of gift cards, perhaps to a local coffee shop or cafe/restaurant.

We also encourage you to check out Catholic Uprise, a lay-volunteer Catholic generosity movement in the diocese which encourages service through the Church’s works of mercy.

Get social!

In the days leading up to Dec. 1 and on Giving Tuesday, connect with the diocese on social media through Facebook (Diocese of Grand Rapids), Twitter (@GRDiocese) and Instagram (@grdiocese). Share your posts and photos using #GivingTuesday and #GiveCatholicWM

Resources

What are the origins of Giving Tuesday? (Giving Tuesday website)