Find ways to help Giving Tuesday (in addition to donating money)

INDIANAPOLIS — Many people are unable to donate money to charity this year as inflation continues to drive up the prices of basic items.

That doesn’t mean you can’t help at all.

WRTV’s Amber Grigley has reached out to local organizations asking for other ways people can give back.

Giving Tuesday is a day when many organizations raise funds and donations to set them up for the year. But this year, organizations are getting early onboarding Hoosiers for Giving Tuesday and other ways to do your part this holiday season.

“We started so early because everyone loves Giving Tuesday, and everyone wants to be a part of it,” said Adrianna Foutch, development and communications coordinator at Horizon House.

It’s a simple request for one day of the year to make a difference in your community.

“We post everything on our social media. We’re on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn,” Foutch said.

Associations like Skyline House use Giving Tuesday to fund programs and resources throughout the year.

“It’s pretty much the start of the season for us,” said Judy Neuman, director of development and communications at Horizon House.

But the demand for help has increased in the Circle City.

“That’s a 50% increase over last year, the neighbors we serve,” Neuman said.

The same economic conditions could cause Hoosiers to review their finances,

“When people are going through tough times and they can’t support financially, we don’t want to make them feel like we can’t make a difference. That’s when we say, hey, you can volunteer and do other things,” says Foutch.

“We hear so much about these nonprofits that yes, financial donations are essential to further their mission, but there are so many times for people to get involved,” said Katelyn Sussli, director of the commitment to Indy Hub.

Indy Center is a non-profit organization engaging young professionals to impact their communities.

“So there’s a recent survey that equates for Gen Z and Millennials that they view their network as equal to or greater in value than a financial gift,” Sussli said.

That’s why this year, Sussli said, getting people to think beyond money this Giving Tuesday is the goal.

“These consistent volunteers, whether it’s once a week, once a month, once a quarter. That’s what really drives their mission to make a big impact here in Indianapolis,” Sussli said.

To donate to Horizon House, you can visit them online or text “HHGT” to 44321.

To connect with Indy Hub, you can visit them online for volunteer.

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