BARNSTABLE – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are done for, having spread their super-shopping craze across the country.
But today, Giving Tuesday, prompts the community to take a break from shopping and focus on sustaining the organizations which make the community a better place.
The day has its origins in New York City, when in 2012 the YMCA on 92nd Street partnered with United Nations Foundation.
However, there are many reasons to support local charities, according to Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) Director of Fundraising and Community Development Laura Reckford.
“We look at it as a time to give back,” Reckford said. “At HAC, we have an incentive program called Community Investment Tax Credit, and people find that it is a great incentive to give to the community.”
That state-approved program allows donators to receive an additional tax benefit of half the value of the donation, on top of the typical deduction received when they support nonprofits.
HAC’s mission is to help Cape Codders find a safe, affordable place to live. They assist the homeless, provide Section 8 housing, as well as guidance to first-time home buyers.
Last year, 174 families were housed by HAC in their family shelters. Reckford said 195 of those individuals were children.
Donations to HAC can be made by visiting www.haconcapecod.org.
Other nonprofits will offer similar tax incentives, like Cape and Islands United Way and Child and Family Services of Cape Cod.