Tompkins County Community Matchup – A Way to Give for the Holidays: Support Local Organizations That Ensure Basic Needs and Civil Rights for All and Protect our Environment!

Please join the Tompkins County Workers’ Center and a host of other organizations on Sunday, December 11th, 2016 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at The Space @ GreenStar (700 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca, NY) for a matchup event to connect community members and organizations (nonprofits and agencies). Many of us are seeing the writing on the wall: funding cuts for organizations that help provide basic needs and civil rights, which equalize social and economic wealth in our communities. If you have felt the pull to get involved and ensure a vibrant, resilient, and inclusive community, but aren’t sure where to start, let this be your first step.

On Sunday, December 11th the Space will be filled with local organizations ready to share their missions, goals, and needs. Each organization will have a mailing list signup, a volunteer list signup where appropriate, and a donation box. This is truly a matchmaking event, a quick and fun way to see what is already in place in our community and to support existing efforts to help marginalized populations and the environment. What does each organization need to continue to foster equity in basic needs and civil rights in our community? Do they need volunteers, board members, funding, networking support?

If time is what you have to offer, great! If funds are what you want to redistribute back into the community, wonderful! This is your chance to help build community! Donated time and/or money can be done in the spirit of the holidays in the name of a loved one, the name of future generations, and the planet as a holiday present (we will have holiday cards as a gift for your giving).

During the event, there will be a silent auction to raise money for organizations and initiatives in rural communities that may not have access to this event. We are facing the hard truth that we are a divided nation and this divide has kept us suffering socially, economically, environmentally, and emotionally. This is one way we can begin to heal this divide.

The golden age of organizing and activism has begun and we are all invited to take part in the change that we see needs to happen. It’s time to tear down walls and nurture the values of acceptance, mutual respect, and unity. True prosperity will only manifest when EVERYONE’s basic needs are met and EVERYONE has a voice at the table of revolution.

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If you have or know of an organization who you would like to see tabling at the event please share this registration form with them:
If you are inspired to donate an item or service to the silent auction please fill out this form:
Thank you in advance for your commitment to the community and happy holidays to everyone!
Together we can make great things happen for everyone,
Anna Kelles
Event creator and organizer
County Legislator – District 2