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I Live Here I Give Here responds to COVID-19 need by calling for generosity

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Local nonprofit I Live Here I Give Here is responding to address the growing and ever-changing needs of Central Texas nonprofits by encouraging the community to come together to make unrestricted, sustaining donations, engage in virtual volunteerism and perform acts of generosity. They will serve as the official Central Texas community leader for #GivingTuesdayNow, collaborating with communities in 65 countries worldwide.

Bastrop County organizations that are part of I Live Here I Give Here include: the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry, which provides food assistance to Bastrop County residents going through periods of transition; In The Streets Hands Up High Ministry, a soup kitchen and shelter near Bastrop for families experiencing homelessness; the Family Crisis Center, which provides resources and services to help eliminate domestic and sexual violence in Bastrop, Fayette, Lee and Colorado counties; CASA of Bastrop, Fayette and Lee Counties, a volunteer advocacy group for abused children in child welfare cases; Drive a Senior Elgin, which offers transportation and other services to senior adults in order to help maintain their independence; Elgin Alley Cats, a trap-neuter-return group that helps Elgin’s homeless cats and works to stabilize their population; and Bastrop C.A.T.S., a trap-neuter-release group for community cats in Bastrop.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

At a time when we are all experiencing this pandemic, generosity can bring people together across the globe by giving everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others. #GivingTuesdayNow is a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

For the Central Texas campaign, I Live Here I Give Here aims to build up dependable, unrestricted funds that will allow local nonprofits to be nimble and proactive by encouraging recurring gifts, which can be scheduled for a nonprofit organization of choice at AmplifyATX.org. Through outreach and marketing, they will also work to engage the community in virtual volunteer opportunities, peer-to-peer fundraising and an acts of generosity social media challenge. In the “Generosity Now” challenge, people will be encouraged to show their generosity in a variety of ways, such as writing notes to nursing home residents, chalking their driveway with a positive message for neighbors or helping fulfill a nonprofit wishlist by ordering supplies, and then share how they give back using the hashtags #ILiveHereIGive-Here and #GivingTuesday-Now, nominating a friend or family member to complete another generous act. All efforts will focus on leveraging our collective spirit of generosity to increase resilience within the context of physical distancing.

Those interested in joining I Live Here I Give Here’s Central Texas #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit ilivehereigivehere.org/givingtuesdaynow. For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit www.givingtuesday.org.