YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Alliance for Safe Kids has created a variety of challenges, for locals to help support its mission of promoting awareness and prevention of substance use and abuse, and other destructive behaviors damaging to local youth.
The organization joined #GivingTuesday last week, which has become a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving 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 ways that have an impact on the charities and causes they support.
"As of Oct. 1, 2016, ASK will no longer be receiving a STOP ACT Grant, worth $48,000 per year, from the federal government, as the three-year term has concluded. This grant was designated to support underage drinking prevention, compliance checks, responsible vendor training and driving checkpoints in Yorktown," said Erica Stanzione, director of Communications and Partnerships at ASK.
"In an effort to make up the loss of funding, we ask that all community members participate in #GivingTuesday, even in a small way, to help us combat underage drinking in Yorktown," she said.
Last year, ASK raised $4,600 on #GivingTuesday. For its 2016 campaign, every donation was matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. This year, the total was $2,565, Stanzione said.
To help continue to try to help make up the difference, with the loss of the grant, ASK is hosting a Holiday Giving Challenge during December, where all gifts will continue to be matched, up to $10,000, until Dec. 31.