#Giving Tuesday inspires community action

United Way of Western Nebraska is joining #GivingTuesday to inspire people to take action to improve their communities and give back to help create a better world for everyone. On December 3, 2013-the Tuesday after Thanksgiving - #GivingTuesday will once again leverage social media to create a national movement dedicated to giving, just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have been positioned to be synonymous with holiday shopping.

#GivingTuesday began last year, harnessing the collective power of its partners-nonprofits, businesses and individuals-to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in giving. #GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism.

Steph Black, Executive Director of United Way of Western Nebraska, is hoping #GivingTuesday will inspire people to get involved in creating lasting positive change in their communities. "The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world". Everyone can find a way to give back-by giving, advocating (raising your voice to spread the word), and volunteering. For opportunities you can visit www.unitedwayofwesternnebraska.com.

As the largest privately funded nonprofit in the U.S. and the world, United Way is asking donors, partners and volunteers that are part of the United Way movement around the world to join #GivingTuesday. Please like United Way of Western Nebraska on facebook for more information on how you can give and share your story.

#Giving Tuesday is a movement of more than 4,000 partners who are collectively redefining what it means to 'give,'" said Stacey Stewart, U.S. President, United Way Worldwide. "It's not just about money, it's about time and influence too. We all can do something to make our communities stronger and more successful."

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