GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event, inspiring people to give generously to the nonprofit organizations (like Seattle Public Library!!) that make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.
Each donation up to $5,000 per donor, per organization, made to the 1,600 nonprofit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website between midnight and midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, will receive a prorated portion of The Seattle Foundation’s matching funds, or “stretch pool.” The amount of the “stretch” depends on how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. As long as you have access to the web and a credit card, you can participate!
You can also narrow your search to organizations that are geared to, staffed by, or serving teens… Nonprofit orgs 4 teens. This list includes many organizations near ‘n dear to our library ❤ including (but not limited to):
Josie’s response: Thanks so much! I do outreach on a monthly basis with Teen Feed. We go out into the community and take food to homeless/street teens (which Teen Feed provides, Paige always brings in treats too). I always go with a Teen Feed staff member, usually Andrew Brown and a Teen Feed peer intern. This is one of the best outreach opportunities for the library because I answer a lot of reference questions and connect teens to other services in the U-District and Downtown. About 40% of the teens I see are new and so I get to talk about library services, mostly the internet, Wi-Fi and uncataloged books. The rest of the teens are regular patrons and so I get to talk with them about their life and make connections. The outreach that I do with Teen Feed, Sanctuary Arts Center and the University District Youth Center really affects the teens’ attitudes while they are in the library. For example, when we have to enforce the rules of conduct, the teens don’t suspect we are targeting them because they are homeless, and for the most part comply. 🙂
Sounds like a win-win-win to us here at Push to Talk. Making community connections, teaching people, and sharing resources is what the library is all about.
Teen Feed is always looking for volunteers and advocates to spread the word. You can find out how (and more information besides) on their website.
Keep up the good work, Teen Feed & Josie!
If you know of an awesome community partner (or librarian!) in your neighborhood, let us know. We’d love to shine the spotlight on them, too. 🙂