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Together FDL encourages giving back for Giving Tuesday as pandemic continues into holiday season

Posted on: Nov 30th, 2020

Daphne Lemke Fond du Lac Reporter

Together FDL Leaders, from left, Christa Williams, Executive Director of Sophia Partners; Amber Kilawee, Executive Director of Fond du Lac United Way; and Andrea Welsch, Executive Director Children's Museum of Fond du Lac.
Together FDL Leaders, from left, Christa Williams, Executive Director of Sophia Partners, Amber Kilawee, Executive Director of Fond du Lac United Way, and Andrea Welsch, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac. Courtesy of Together FDL

FOND DU LAC – After Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — and, finally, Giving Tuesday. 

Giving Tuesday is a national initiative that has encouraged people to do good for the past eight years, through charity or other ways of giving back to their communities.

Several Fond du Lac nonprofits have previously spearheaded Giving Tuesday events. Earlier this year, many of them came together to form Together FDL, an organization that raises money for local programs and services impacted by the pandemic.

This collaboration originally launched for the nationwide Giving Tuesday Now, an additional Giving Tuesday event on May 5 meant to inspire others to give back in any way they could as COVID-19 put a halt to many operations.

For this Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1, Together FDL is encouraging everyone to participate in the movement between Nov. 24 and Dec. 2 by donating money or time, or otherwise getting involved in the community.

“Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give,” Together FDL Movement co-leader Christa Williams said in a press release.

15 nonprofits band together for Fond du Lac

The Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners is an organization that supports local transformative leaders through learning programs and success tools.

In a virtual meeting in April, the group’s board invited 38 local nonprofits to discuss a possible initiative. Many of the nonprofits were small, and didn’t have their own national network for support.

In the end, 11 others joined the movement, and more came and went as the year progressed. Now, the organizations that make up Together FDL are:

  • ASTOP
  • Beacon House
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac
  • Ebony Vision
  • Family Resource Center of Fond du Lac County
  • Fond du Lac BlueLine
  • Fond du Lac Historical Society
  • Fond du Lac Literacy Services
  • Fondy Food Pantry
  • Goebel Family Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Series
  • New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center
  • Marian University’s Working Families Grant
  • Solutions Center
  • Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners.

These organizations serve the community by feeding, healing, sheltering, educating, nurturing and inspiring people of every age, gender, race and socioeconomic status, according to the press release. 

Their support to the community ripples out into a “wave of generosity” for Fond du Lac. 

“Giving Tuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe,” the press release said.

Donations are accepted on togetherfdl.com, either to Together FDL as a whole or to any one of the participating organizations. Those that wish to donate by mail can make checks payable to Together FDL c/o Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners at P.O. Box 1251, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1251.

Visit the Together FDL website for more information on the initiative and how to give back.

Contact Daphne Lemke at 920-907-7968 or dlemke@gannett.com.

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