Tuesday November 30th is Giving Tuesday and here in West Texas local nonprofits need your help. After doing all your shopping, it's time to think about all the other people in the world that need a little help, every dollar counts.

Giving Tuesday was set up right after all the shopping events to help remind people what the holiday season is really about. Now more than ever it is really important because the pandemic really hurt nonprofits and their fundraisers and events.

A good way to keep up with everything that is going on is through the hashtag #GivingTuesdayWTX or this website. If you need some help deciding who to give to here are some ideas. Remember any dollar amount helps, if we all gave a dollar Giving Tuesday would go a long way.

COMMUNITY:

RMHC of the Southwest: They help families whose children are in the hospital to give them somewhere close to stay for free so they can help get their loved ones better.

Lubbock Impact: It is a soup kitchen that encompasses  ministries that serve those who are considered working poor and/or poverty-stricken with food, clothing, healthcare, and spiritual growth. They also have free clinics for those uninsured ages 19 to 64.

Habitat for Humanity: This nonprofit brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

CHILDREN:

YWCA of Lubbock: They have programs that ensure affordable childcare rates for families in need, scholarship programs for summer and day camps, and so much more.

Texas Girls & Boys Ranch: This nonprofit is a Child Protective Services referral organization providing services to children through three cooperative programs and helps as a shelter, agency and camp.

Milestones Development & Play Park: Milestones is a outside and indoor park that brings every kid together to feel safe and special. No matter the weather any kid has somewhere fun to go.

Make-A-Wish: This gives a child a chance that has critical illness to have one wish granted.

CASA of the South Plains: They inspire, educate, and empower solution-minded community members to support children in the foster care system.

Alström Angels: This nonprofit supports Alstrom Syndrome this is a orphan disease that is so rare, that very few people have heard of it. Alström Syndrome touches every organ in the body, causing unimaginable medical complications.

ANIMALS:

P.E.T.S. Clinic: This clinic provides high-quality, low-cost spays and neuters, veterinary services, and community-focused programs in a kind, nonjudgmental environment to ensure every pet has access to and can remain in a loving home.

Haven Animal Care Shelter: It is a no-kill, non-profit animal sanctuary and is generally home to over 100 animals, primarily dogs and cats on seven-acre property.

Morris Safe House: This is a non-profit, no-kill rescue facility for dogs on the South Plains addressing the physical and psychological needs of every dog.

EDUCATION: 

Women's Protective Services: Their mission is to create an environment of empowerment for women, children, and families to eliminate family violence throughout the South Plains 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Science Spectrum: This is a non-profit museum for science education that is dedicated to the pursuit of exploration and science education. No matter the age their is a lot to discover with their museum and OMNI theater.

The Lubbock Dream Center: Their mission is to connect people to God and surround them with a supportive community by building families, restoring hope, and inspiring dreams. The goal is to meet immediate, and log-term needs in areas of hunger, poverty, and education by offering free haircuts, food, clothing, GED classes, and many other Action Family programs.

High Point Village: Their mission is to create a village where individuals with intellectual disabilities can live, learn, work, worship, and achieve their full potential. Their programs empower Villagers to reach their full potential through engaging and motivating activities. Because of High Point Village, our Villagers have a place to belong.

ARTS:

LHUCA: This is a nonprofit visual and performing arts center in the heart of the Lubbock Cultural District. LHUCA has a broad-based constituency, due in part because it is the organizer of the First Friday Art Trail, that brings 5,000 people each month in.

Lubbock Community Theatre: This program puts on plays in Lubbock and gets everyone excited for theatre. No matter the age they have something for you whether it's watching a play, being in it or going to camp.

The Lubbock Cultural Arts Foundation: This foundation exists to cultivate and champion the arts in Lubbock. The funding will be used to support public art projects, professional development opportunities for musicians and other programming to support the arts.

East Lubbock Art: This is a community art center and art agency dedicated to supporting the arts and working towards the betterment of the Eastern portion of Lubbock. The funds will go to  Lubbock Community Fridge, ELAH Free Library, Community Art Classes, Art Kits for Kids, Vivian T. Cooke Visionary Art Exhibition Series, and our upcoming Anti-Racist programming.

Remember if you can't donate money, you  can always volunteer as well.

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