Though the novel coronavirus has forced us to remain physically apart, the pandemic has encouraged communities to (metaphorically speaking) come together to honor medical personnel and first responders, protect the people most vulnerable to the disease, and support those that have been greatly impacted by the economic consequences. This unity is especially true on Giving Tuesday Now, a new global day of giving taking place today, May 5. Usually on December 1, Giving Tuesday added the date in response to the unparalleled need caused by COVID-19.
Organizations across South Florida are rising to the challenge to support businesses, families, and individuals in need at this time.
Feeding South Florida:
Feeding South Florida is hoping to raise $2.5 million more to meet the 600% increase in demand it has experienced since the coronavirus pandemic began. To jump-start the donations, Conviva Care Centers donated $750,000 and Bank of America in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties have collectively donated $520,000.
For every dollar of support it receives, Feeding South Florida can serve seven meals. The donations from Conviva Care Centers and Bank of America will provide 8,890,000 meals to people in need across South Florida.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade:
Despite being closed to the public, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is committed to serving its youth members by offering a “Virtual Club.” All five “Virtual Clubs” are now accepting new youth members.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade youth members can participate in fun activities like virtual story time, arts and crafts, fitness, yoga, homework help, mentoring, social-emotional learning, and “virtual get togethers,” all via Zoom.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s programs enable children to learn the values of friendship, honesty, and teamwork in safe, secure environments.
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami:
As an institution, The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) believes in the power of community and that people can accomplish more when they unite for a cause.
MOCA North Miami makes art accessible to diverse audiences, engages visitors through acclaimed exhibitions, and offers free public programs and education initiatives for the community. COVID-19 has amplified the importance of staying connected to the families who have visited the museum over the years. For Giving Tuesday Now, the museum is asking for donations toward online initiatives to keep South Florida’s art lovers engaged with virtual content.