GivingTuesday! Why this fundraiser is important.

My inbox and social media feeds have been BUSY – Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and now GivingTuesday! While I love the idea of GivingTuesday, it has always baffled me as to why it is scheduled AFTER all of the shopping. Wouldn’t it be better if it was first so that someone could donate to their favorite charities first, and then shop with what was left instead of the other way around? No one ever asked me, and you can probably see why!

I can imagine your newsfeed is as busy as mine with all of the requests for donations from your favorite non-profits, so I am just going to toss a few things your way to think about.

Your dollar stays here!

Every dollar generated from fundriasers like this stay in Wisconsin! Our FARM Program and Self-Employment Services program serves farmers and entrepreneurs with disabilities throughout the state. Camp Wawbeek and the Wisconsin Elks/Easterseals Respite Camp are located in Wisconsin Dells and serve children and adults of all abilities who live throughout the state.

Why donations are vital right now.

We had to cancel our summer sessions, as well as several of our weekend sessions due to Covid-19 which means we didn’t have income from these programs. Several of our important fundraisers were cancelled due to the virus, as well. We are slowly offering more programs as we can, safely, and are gearing up in hopes of a big summer session. Now, more than ever, we are relying on donations to help us keep our camps operating. To put it into perspective – there are over 20 buildings between the two camps and 10 vehicles that all need upkeep, even if we don’t use them. We want everything to be ready so that we can open up in “full swing” when it is safe to do so, and that takes people and resources to keep everything going.

How to participate in GivingTuesday!

We have made it easy to participate in Giving Tuesday – there are ways to even get something in return (just like shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday!). You can visit our website to make a donation. Our very own Nurse Jen is running a Thirty-One fundraiser where you can get incredible bags embroidered with the Easterseals Wisconsin Logo – what an amazing way to get some great camp swag for yourself or a loved one for the holidays! Finally, we have camp shirts available again through Bonfire – another great way to get some camp swag for a loved one, and for yourself! Follow this link for details!

Please know that every little bit helps. We are fully aware of how the pandemic has affected families, from losing loved ones to losing work to be quarantined, things are tough all over. We hope that you will think of us on GivingTuesday and can contribute, even if it is in a small way. We truly cherish all of you, and wish you great health and happiness in the coming year.

In camp spirit,

Carissa

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