Giving Tuesday

OTTUMWA — Giving Tuesday had good results for some nonprofits in Ottumwa.

Giving Tuesday’s website said its mission is to “build a more than just generous world.” This year’s Giving Tuesday campaign officially started on Dec. 3.

Salvation Army Envoy Joel Arthur said participating in Giving Tuesday allows him and the Salvation Army to collect funds for services they put on throughout the year.

“It draws attention to people helping in other organizations,” Arthur said. “We want to make a difference in our organization, and participating in a movement like this makes us feel good.”

Arthur liked the idea of people being able to choose whether they want to provide monetary support or donate their time to volunteering. He said the Salvation Army is still going strong with the Red Kettle movement but would love to have more people ring bells or give support to the nonprofit as a whole.

“Giving time ultimately is a win-win,” he said. “They get to interact with people, help them and it helps us with our fundraisers. It’s important to draw people’s attention in our community and surrounding ones.”

Tenco Development Officer Mike Dunlap, like other organizers in the area, wanted to be involved in Giving Tuesday so people could donate money to different services Tenco provides. That includes Dream Weavers, which gives funds to people with mental and physical challenges to help them achieve their goals in life.

Dunlap said a maximum of $10,000 is awarded each year. If people were to donate funds, it could help a lot.

“Giving back helps an individual’s need,” he said. “There was a person who lost over 100 pounds and he had to get a new wardrobe because the clothes didn’t fit him anymore. People giving funds helped a ton with this and can help in future circumstances.”

Arthur said as Ottumwa heads into the new decade, he hopes more people will be encouraged to participate in the campaign and become Red Kettle volunteers. “We definitely want it to grow,” he said. “We want them to be active and supportive of them both and say, ‘I got a little extra time.’ Other agencies need that monthly commitment. We want [people] to be fully aware of Giving Tuesday all year round.

“It’s so important to not pass the kettles by,” he added. “Without the community’s help, it will be really tough. We really need people’s help. If they dig a little deeper, that will help and it will be a blessing.”

“It makes me feel good that Tenco is participating in this,” Dunlap said. “It’s for the betterment of yourself and continuing to grow in ways that isn’t self-serving. Giving Tuesday does allow room for Ottumwa to grow in getting involved with different efforts and organizations. We rely heavily on funds for Tenco. [Giving Tuesday] is another avenue we can participate in and one of those good opportunities to do some good.”

Chiara Romero can be reached at cromero@ottumwacourier.com.

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