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Niagara Falls Declares Dec. 3 as #GivingTuesday

by Christian Hoffman
Fri, Nov 29th 2013 04:00 pm

Niagara Falls, N.Y. has proclaimed December 3, 2013 as #GivingTuesday - Niagara Falls' Day of Giving. The proclamation was made by Mayor Paul Dyster Tuesday afternoon, as he was joined at City Hall by representatives from Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc. and Niagara University, two local organizations taking part in the #GivingTuesday initiative.

#GivingTuesday is a first of its kind effort that looks to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners - charities, families, businesses and individuals - to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday, the movement seeks to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days synonymous with holiday shopping.

Niagara University and Community Missions represent the lone organizations based in Niagara County planning to participate in the initiative, joining more than 7,250 partners nationwide.

Community Missions, within the theme of its "The Gift of Giving ... The Joy of Receiving" Christmas Program, is encouraging people to support the agency in a number of ways on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

• Individuals (and businesses) are encouraged to make a tax-deductible financial contribution to the agency via its website, www.CommunityMissions.org.

• Individuals are encouraged to beat the end of year rush and donate clothes and household items, which are always welcome to be dropped off at the Mission's main office at 1570 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Such donations are always tax-deductible.

• Individuals are also encouraged to volunteer their time to help spread holiday cheer at the Mission.

"#GivingTuesday is a fantastic initiative in encouraging people to give back," said Christian Hoffman, Communications & Development Manager of Community Missions. "Already, we have been so encouraged by the people wanting to support the Mission in some way. We look forward to seeing the tremendous generosity of the people of Western New York once again on #GivingTuesday!"

Those interested in joining Community Missions' #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.communitymissions.org/about/givingtuesday.html.

Meanwhile, Niagara University representatives will be collecting monetary donations and nonperishable goods at several locations throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region. Proceeds will benefit a variety of local nonprofit organizations.

Niagara University
• All day - Stop by the Gallagher Center for a variety of #GivingTuesday activities! Drop off your nonperishable goods, purchase a Christmas ornament from NUSGA, and grab some hot cocoa!

Downtown Buffalo
• 7:30-10 a.m. | Coffee Culture (50 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, N.Y. 14202)

• 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hyatt Atrium (2 Fountain Plaza, Buffalo, N.Y. 14202) - Lunch & Casual Networking

• 5-8 p.m. | Fat Bob's Smokehouse (41 Virginia Pl., Buffalo, N.Y. 14202) - Wear an ugly Christmas sweater to be entered into a contest for a Fat Bob's gift certificate and t-shirt! Drink and food specials will be provided until 8 p.m.

Getzville
• 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Sean Patrick's Restaurant (3480 Millersport Hwy., Getzville, N.Y. 14068)

Lewiston
• 7:30-10 a.m. | Orange Cat Coffee (703 Center St., Lewiston, N.Y. 14092)

• 5-8 p.m. | Lewiston Stone House (755 Center St., Lewiston, N.Y. 14092) - Most festive outfit of the evening will win a gift certificate to the Lewiston Stone House! Drink specials and light refreshments will be provided until 8 p.m.

Niagara Falls
• ‎8 - 11 a.m. | DiCamillo Bakery (7927 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14304)

• All day - Community Missions of Niagara Frontier (1570 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14303)

Sanborn
• 6:30 - 9 a.m. |Bailly's Food Mart (3821 Lockport Rd., Sanborn, N.Y. 14132)

Williamsville
• 7:30-10 a.m. | DiCamillo Bakery (5329 Main St., Williamsville, N.Y. 14221)

"This is another great way for Niagara University to fulfill our mission as a Catholic and Vincentian institution of higher learning," said Jaclyn R. Rossi, '08, M.S.Ed.'10, NU's associate director for leadership giving. "With such an emphasis being placed on shopping during the holiday season, we want to make sure that people are also presented with an opportunity to offer some of their money in a more humane manner - by supporting those in need."

Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y in New York City, came together in 2012 to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. The concept gained steam, and by bringing together a group of founding partners - including the United Nations (UN) Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and Groupon - a nationwide series of discussions about how to make #GivingTuesday a success is already underway.

"#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism," said Kathy Calving, CEO of the UN Foundation. "The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world."

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), or follow #GivingTuesday (www.twitter.com/GivingTues) and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc.
In 2012, CMI provided over 70,000 meals and over 9,000 nights of care within its crisis services programs. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-orientated settings. For more information on the services and programs provided by Community Missions, please visit www.communitymissions.org or connect via Facebook or Twitter.

Niagara University

Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University is a private liberal arts university with a strong, values-based Catholic tradition. Its four academic divisions include the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. The university also maintains an Academic Exploration Program that provides a learning environment for students who are undecided about their major. As the first Vincentian university established in the United States, Niagara prepares students for personal and professional success while emphasizing service to the community in honor of St. Vincent de Paul.




By The Numbers...

In 2016, Community Missions provided:

11,104 nights of shelter

89,366 meals

6,744 individuals with clothing

2,295 care days in Youth Services

46,888 care days in Recovery Services

73,994 care days in Housing Services

182 opportunities for Faith Development


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