On Giving Tuesday, Head to Assisted Living

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 23 November 2012

A few years ago, Cyber Monday became an officially recognized day for catching online shopping deals similar to those of Black Friday fame. Now, Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday in Twitter-speak) joins the ranks, balancing out the two crazy days of shopping and spending with two days for giving thanks and giving back.

How did Giving Tuesday come about? In a nutshell, a group of partners joined the “catalyst and incubator” — New York’s 92nd Street Y — to provide an online home and the necessary funding to fuel this important cause. Learn more at GivingTuesday.org.

Though you’ll find great giving-back ideas at the site, why not consider visiting seniors in assisted living? Many of them do not have family in the area and didn’t receive any visitors for the Thanksgiving holiday (and likely won’t in December either). The visit may even turn into an ongoing volunteer opportunity, and one that will be mutually beneficial too.

If the idea appeals to you, simply call a local assisted living community and ask to speak with their activities director or volunteer coordinator. Explain that you would like to visit with a resident who doesn’t get visitors, and ask when would be an ideal time for a meet-up and subsequent visit. It’s that simple. (Check out 10 Things to Do During an Assisted Living Visit for ideas.)

Think about how you’d like to give back on Giving Tuesday, and tell us what you plan to do in the comments below.



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