Several local organizations are participating in Giving Tuesday, which is set for Nov. 28 this year.
"It's a national and global campaign for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving," said Angie Tatro, executive director of Central Kansas Community Foundation.
The day gives people a chance to learn about and give to charitable efforts in their community.
Those who wish to donate to Newton Presbyterian Manor's Employee Education fund or the Good Samaritan program can do so at http://presbyterianmanors.org/giving_tuesday. They will also accept donations in person at their location at 1200 E. Seventh St.
During Giving Tuesday, the Harvey County Health Department is inviting people to stop by between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at their office on the second floor of 215 S. Pine Street to learn more about their work.
"We're going to have our displays up and ask folks, as they pop by, to bring us some diapers and some baby wipes, because that is one thing that is not covered by our WIC program fund, and we certainly go through those," said Harvey County Health Department Director Lynnette Redington.
Any size of diapers will be accepted. Baby wipes that are donated should be unscented.
The Central Kansas Community Foundation is having a "Come and Go Open House" between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 301 N. Main, Suite 200 in Newton for people to stop in to learn more about the organizations and how it manages donor dollars for more than 360 funds.
CKCF Program Officer Kristie Diller will speak about scholarships at 10 a.m. and CKCF Program Officer Brenda Sooter will give a presentation on grants at 11 a.m.
At noon, the public can meet and talk to CKCF staff. Finger foods will be provided.
"It's a good way for people to get to know us better," Tatro said.
CKCF Program Coordinator Bill Hake will speak about the organization's affiliates at 1:30 p.m. and Tatro will discuss "Building Community through Charitable Giving" at 2:30 p.m.
"We tend not to do active campaigning for our own benefit," Tatro said. "We are trying to promote our operating endowment."
The CKCF board members will be on hand at 3:30 p.m. Outgoing board members will be presented with Giving Cards. Giving Cards work like debit cards; the recipient decides which charity will receive the funds on the card. Giving Cards are available for purchase at https://centralkansascf.org/donors/gift-options
Visitors to CKCF can donate to a fund of their choice or talk with representatives about establishing a fund or creating an estate plan.
"We're excited to see what happens and bring awareness to charitable programs around our community," Tatro said.
For more information about CKCF and a link to the current Wish Book outlining the needs of local nonprofit organizations, visit https://centralkansascf.org/events/give_now_newton_giving_tuesday.
CASA A Voice for Children will also have an open house to share how they make a difference in the lives of the children. Stop by between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 at 912 S. Ridge Rd. in Newton and talk with board member Kathy Wiens. Monetary donations will be accepted at this event.
The Newton Et Cetera Shop at 619 N. Main St. will be accepting clean, gently-used toys, shoes, jewelry, coats and more from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A special thank-you treat will be given to those bringing donations to the back door and monetary donations for Mennonite Central Committee will be accepted inside the store.
New Hope Shelter will host an educational community open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 900 W. Broadway St. The event is designed to provide insight into the importance of their ministry and answer any questions you may have about residents and New Hope Shelter's operation. Monetary donations will be accepted at this event.
Bethel College will join in the Giving Tuesday events by partnering with Mennonite Central Committee. Visitors are asked to bring donations for the Bethel College Annual Fund and dark-colored, medium-weight bath towels to help MCC supplement their needs to replenish their relief kits. MCC relief kits provide valuable supplies to families whose lives have been disrupted by war or disasters; in areas such as Syria, Iraq and Ukraine.
Donations can be given between 5 and 9 p.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church, 2600 College Ave. in North Newton. Hear updates about Bethel College and its upcoming campaign at 7 p.m. Dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The goal is to raise $2,500 for Bethel College and bring in 250 towels for relief kits.
If you are unable to make it, but would still like to give towards their goal, go to https://www.bethelks.edu/friends-donors/gift-opportunities/give-a-gift. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 316-284-5357.