Twenty local nonprofits pooled their resources on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 3) to kick off #LebanonGives, an annual fundraising campaign that this year aimed to raise $20,000 for the organizations involved before the end of the month.
The coalition has raised $23,200 so far, weeks ahead of the fundraising deadline, and plans on continuing the drive through the rest of the year.
Flame Vo, who sits on #LebanonGives’ planning committee and leads text-banking for the campaign, said there have been 75 individual donations so far, 50 of which were received over text.
The funds that have been raised also include sponsorships, donations at the Giving Tuesday event at the YMCA, and money raised independently by organizations involved. Donors were given the option of giving to any of the participating organizations.
This year marks #LebanonGives’ third, Vo told LebTown, with the community engagement event growing significantly each Giving Tuesday (last year, only eight organizations got involved).
The twenty organizations that participated this year were: Compeer; DDS; DVI; Friends of Coleman Memorial; Habitat for Humanity; Halcyon; Jubilee Ministries; Lebanon Community Library; Lebanon Conservancy; Lebanon County Christian Ministries; Lebanon Family Health Services; Lebanon Rescue Mission; Lebanon Valley Family YMCA; Making a Difference of Lebanon, PA; Power Packs; Quest; RSVP; SARCC; United Way of Lebanon County; and YMCA Camp Shand.
Nonprofits involved with #LebanonGives will be selling raffle tickets at the Lebanon Farmers Market on Saturday, Dec. 14 in a continuation of annual fundraiser, and winners will be drawn Monday morning. The results will be announced on the #LebanonGives Facebook page (and possibly livestreamed, Vo said).
If you’d like to contribute to #LebanonGives, text “Lebanon” to 91999 or follow this link to give online.