#GivingTuesday is the international day of charitable giving and generosity held annually on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a way for organizations to come together and make a global impact. The organizers of this movement recently created #GivingTuesdayNow, a new day of giving and unity that took place on May 5, 2020 in emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
COVID-19 has changed the way communities live, work, play, and learn. For America’s youngest children, remote learning can present potentially damaging effects on the vital social, emotional, and cognitive skills necessary for school readiness.
In response to this, Inner City-Inner Child has partnered with House of Ruth, an organization that empowers women, children, and families through comprehensive programming; and Families4Families, an initiative that provides families with the food they urgently need, to supply groceries, resources, art supplies, and educational tools to support students in the Ward 8 community of Washington, D.C.
Ward 8 has been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus, leaving many of its constituents in need as it faces new economic, social, and health-related challenges.
For more than two decades, Inner City-Inner Child (ICIC) has played a vital role in ensuring that young children in Washington, D.C.’s low-income neighborhoods receive an equitable, high-quality early childhood education. The nonprofit’s programs create environments that support school readiness by introducing children and teachers to the power of the arts with academics.
#GivingTuesdayNow provides an opportunity for communities to safely support each other locally. Whether it’s helping a neighbor or providing reading material for a young learner, this new day celebrates every act of generosity.
Donations to ICIC this month will contribute to Art Apart, a campaign that brings the arts to the homes of DC’s youngest learners. To further adapt to COVID-19, the organization is providing educational training certified by DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and adapting their programs for online accessibility. The programs will now include instruction, music, and movement videos.