TRAVERSE CITY — Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan has continued to meet the needs of children, youth, adults and families through foster care, adoption, counseling, intensive family preservation and other programming, as the organization has done for the past 82 years.


On May 5, you can join Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan and organizations doing good around the country and around the world.


#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec. 1, 2020 GivingTuesday, 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 the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.


“We could not have anticipated the way our lives and work would change as a result of this pandemic,” said Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan Executive Director Gina Aranki. “It’s been devastating to so many. But there is some good happening, too — the kindness of people toward one another, the realization of the fragility of life. GivingTuesdayNow is a way to recognize our common humanity and the ways we can make a difference, each of us, in our own communities.”


People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing. Locally, CFS will ask Facebook friends to describe how they are celebrating GivingTuesdayNow as well as consider a donation to assist us in our mission.


GivingTuesday Chief Executive Officer Asha Curran said, “GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help, from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”


Those interested in joining Child and Family Service’s GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit cfsnwmi.org/givingtuesday.


For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website, www.givingtuesday.org, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday, or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter.


For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas.


GivingTuesdayNow is organized by GivingTuesday, in partnership with its global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals. GivingTuesday is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.