Giving Tuesday is November 29, 2016 - Save the date and Give BIG
Did you know that there are 583,108 children in poverty-stricken, food insecure households in San Bernardino County?
That’s 27.4 percent of our county’s children living below the poverty line. Among all county residents, 19.0 percent live in poverty.
The effects of poverty and food insecurity for children are acute. Educators cite that these children are unable to concentrate, lack energy and motivation, have behavior problems and sickness, and ultimately poor academic performance.
These statistics should encourage anyone with access to a computer to take part in the biggest annual day of giving in our region: Give BIG San Bernardino County. This fundraiser is a 24-hour web-a-thon, from 12 a.m. the morning of Nov. 29 to midnight that evening, and is designed to raise the level of charitable giving within the county. The idea isn’t to seek out major donors as much as individuals willing to give $10, $20 or whatever they can afford.
Understanding the need to increase charitable giving to our region, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County has chosen to participate in the Give BIG San Bernardino County campaign. The families and individuals we serve have extraordinary needs. CAPSBC and many other nonprofits provide food to the hungry, housing to homeless veterans and families, weatherization of homes, utility bill assistance and school supplies for children. In 2015, CAPSBC served more than 385,000 households with 10.8 million pounds of food valued at over $18 million. The individuals that CAPSBC and other nonprofits serve are among the neediest in San Bernardino County.
Nonprofits such as ours exist to help stabilize families and give them a chance to move out of poverty and become productive members of our communities. But we can’t do it alone. Please take the time to participate. The one-in-four children living in poverty need your support.
To make a donation, visit us at www.givebigsbcounty.org. Although contributions can be made before the web-a-thon, donors are encouraged to participate during the 24-hour period. Donations to the charity of choice can be made using a credit card on a secure site.