At The Little Market, our mission is dedicated to supporting dignified income opportunities for individuals in underserved communities all over the world. A core part of our mission is to raise awareness for human rights and support fair trade. Here on Cultural Exchange, we share avenues in which our readers can use their voices and actions to help others. Today, we are recognizing Giving Tuesday.
The holiday season begins with Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement mobilizing the power of people and organizations to effect positive change and transform our world for the better. Although The Little Market embodies the spirit of Giving Tuesday year-round, this is a wonderful way to start the holiday season and give back to your community if you’re able.
About Giving Tuesday
Created by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday was first recognized on Nov. 27, 2012. It follows a simple idea — it’s a day to encourage one another to do good. Since 2012, it has grown into a global movement inspiring hundreds of millions of people across more than 70 countries to give back and advocate for positive change.
The #GivingTuesday organization created the #GivingTuesdayNow as an emergency response to COVID-19. Now more than ever before, in the face of a global pandemic, it is important to support one another and spark change.
Make an Impact
Here are a few ideas below on how to get involved in Giving Tuesday and carry these acts with you throughout the year. Remember, each of us has the power and talent to make a positive difference!
- Donate to a nonprofit to support a cause you’re passionate about.
- Volunteer your time with a local shelter or food bank.
- Spread holiday cheer and share homemade cards with residents at an assisted living facility.
- Host a food drive and donate nonperishable food items to local shelters.
- Mentor or offer tutoring lessons to a young child.
- Speak up in your community about a cause you care about and encourage others to get involved.
- Perform a random act of kindness and uplift others.
- Send a special thank you to essential workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic.
- Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media to use your voice and raise awareness about important causes.
- Make a difference through the gifts you give this holiday season and do double the good. Treat your loved ones to meaningful gifts from The Little Market.
The Little Market 2020 Report
We are not only excited to celebrate Giving Tuesday, but also to recognize the growth in our collective impact. The more ethically made products we purchase, the more dignified income opportunities we support and the greater an impact we have. Since its beginnings in 2013, The Little Market has ethically purchased 304,743 units, which represent more than 1 million hours of dignified work.1 Click here to see our newly published annual report and learn more.
Together, with the goal behind Giving Tuesday, we can all use the power of our voices and actions to create a more just, equal world and support equal human rights.
We would love to know how you are recognizing Giving Tuesday this year. Let us know in the comments below or on Instagram, @thelittlemarket.
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Lee, Lauren. “Covid-19 is increasing demands on nonprofits. Here are three ways you can help this Giving Tuesday.” CNN. November 28, 2020. Accessed November 28, 2020. Web.
GivingTuesday FAQ. GivingTuesday. Accessed November 28, 2020. Web.
1 Figures from 2013-2018 represent purchases made during each respective calendar year. Units reported for 2013, our founding year, represent purchases made from June to December. From 2019-2020, the reporting period closed at the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2020. Therefore, the units reported are a partial representation of the calendar year. These figures were calculated with the aid of a proxy and using data collected from each artisan and producer group specific to its technique and production time.