FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement
Pledges to Support Houston Area Urban League
Houston, Tx, November 25, 2015 – Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. This year we are pledging our support to the Houston Area Urban League. Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
This year we are joining the global movement to support the Houston Area Urban League. The Houston Area Urban League continues to assist the Houston community with programs to empower and change lives. Thanks to supporters like you, the organization was able to assist nearly 10,000 people with programs in Education, Housing, Health, Job Acquisition and Small Business Development. Opportunity Matters, and with our help they will continue to create it for those in need.
“Empowering families and changing lives has been the business of the Houston Area Urban League since 1968. The impact that this organization has had on the city and community at large although often unnoticed is immeasurable.” explains Ray Shackelford the HAULYP President.”This Tuesday give back to an organization whose staff gives themselves everyday to ensure you have a better quality of life.”
The #GivingTuesday Movement
92Y − a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2014, the third year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together 30,000 partners in 68 countries and registered 32.7 million impressions on Twitter, with its eponymous hashtag mentioned 698,600 times. Since 2012, online giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has increased more than four-fold, based on findings by Blackbaud and the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produced in partnership with the Case Foundation.
“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fourth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”
Be The Movement
Those who are interested in joining the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals’ #GivingTuesday initiative can visit https://haulyp.org/donate-now/. Double your gift to the Houston Area Urban League, by checking our website to see if your company will match your donation. Have you been actively involved in our community this year, check to see if your company will offer a Volunteer Grant to the Houston Area Urban League.
About Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals
As an auxiliary of the Houston Area Urban League, we engage young men and women in the movement towards the achievement of professional development, social and economic equality, and community service.
About Houston Area Urban League
The Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) was organized in June, 1968 as a nonprofit 501(c)3 agency. Affiliated with the United Way and National Urban League, HAUL advocates for and provides social services to disadvantaged people of all races, gender, age groups and or disabilities. HAUL operates the following five programs targeting residents in economically disadvantaged geographic areas in the Greater Houston areas: Education and Youth Development; Workforce and Economic Development; Workforce Training; Housing; and Health and Wellness Initiatives.
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.
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Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals
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