Now in its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday", #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Our goal is to raise $10,000 through our #GivingTuesday campaign to help provide: soft skills needed to acquire a job; transitional, sober living; professional and/or work-related clothing and/or tools; day or monthly bus passes; or job-related certifications/education.
Here are several ways to participate in our #GivingTuesday campaign:
Join us on Nov. 28 at Westfield UTC Mall, Palm Plaza from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Step inside our makeshift jail to take a selfie, or make a donation onsite.
Text “bailmeout” to 41444 and make a donation;
Make a secure online donation in honor of #GivingTuesday;
Become a crowdfunder. Set up your own account by texting “bailmeout” to 71777, and follow the instructions. Then ask your friends/colleagues to "bail you out" so you can continue to raise awareness of the great work Second Chance does for our community!
Become a social media ambassador. Share our #GivingTuesday messages on your social media. Contact Maureen to sign up.
David graduated from our Job Readiness Training program on October 13th. He was hired for a full-time position in maintenance and housekeeping and, after only one week on the job, he is now driving a company truck and closing shop at night. A chance at a new life for a man who spent time behind bars.
David credits Second Chance for providing him the tools needed to excel at his interview - a good resume, an appropriate handshake, professional clothing and most important for him, interview skills. “I was prepared to answer questions. I practiced. Out of 12 applicants, I was the one selected.”
Second Chance provides workforce readiness training and job placement programs to youth and adults in need and delivers wraparound services including transitional housing, behavioral health treatment and financial literacy to help our participants reach self-sufficiency.
In addition to the exciting, yet often overwhelming challenge of a job search, our participants often face other obstacles, such as lack of reliable transportation, either to and from Second Chance, or an interview, or even the first two weeks of a job, until a paycheck is received. Perhaps a condition of the job is new attire – work boots, a hard hat, non-slip shoes, a particular color shirt/blouse, tools – items our participants may not be able to afford yet. For those who are recently released from incarceration, housing may be an issue. Your #GivingTuesday donation will help us ensure that our graduates receive everything they need to be successful after completing our programs.