Welcome to the second annual #GivingTuesday!

You may have heard about #GivingTuesday last year. Thousands of non-profits, businesses large and small, social media platforms, celebrities, government officials and, of course, the Sons of Italy joined forces to promote the first national day of giving in the United States.

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Sure, every day is a good day to give to those who benefit from charitable contributions and deeds. The #GivingTuesday movement is a reminder that the hectic time between Thanksgiving and the new year, when Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and the holidays are on the brain, is a perfect time to give a little more.

Whether you make a charitable donation, volunteer or help a stranger, please take time this #GivingTuesday to be part of this national celebration honoring our great tradition of generosity. Then spread the word about how you are giving – and inspire others. (Remember to tag @Sons_of_Italy (Twitter), and #GivingTuesday if you tweet or post on Facebook.)

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If volunteering is your cup of tea: There are numerous worthwhile organizations and causes out there – likely many in your own community – that could use some help. Why not combine the pride in your heritage with your passion to volunteer? Consider focusing your volunteer efforts with Italian-American organizations or groups that support and promote Italian-American heritage.

Or, to broaden your impact, consider helping a Sons of Italy national charity. Specially designated by Sons of Italy leadership, the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and the Alzheimer’s Association all receive financial contributions from the Sons of Italy and all work hard to fight diseases and disorders that can affect us all. Each also relies on volunteer efforts.

A variety of opportunities exists to fit every type of volunteering objective. Some may not even require you to volunteer in person! View the list below for an opportunity that is right for you, and enjoy helping make the world a better place!

Group/Project Location Type of Projects Timeframe Contact
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum (Sons of Italy owned & operated) Staten Island, NY Various; range from admin support to giving tours Year-round Stephanie Lundegard
Sons of Italy Grand Lodge of New York Bellmore, NY Various; range from administrative support, mailings, filing, etc. Year-round Carol DiTrapani, Executive Assistant
Italian Ancestors Project (Sons of Italy partner) Web-based Recording data from Italian birth, marriage and death certificates Year-round; no minimum time commitment Italian Ancestors Project
Italian American festivals Nationwide Festivals may welcome volunteers for a variety of jobs. Year-round; most popular months are June-October Search for festivals near you and contact them directly to find out if they need volunteers:
Italian Festival Directory from the Sons of Italy
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles Los Angeles Various; range from exhibit preparation to special events to outreach Year-round Fill out the volunteer application form online: Italian American Museum of Los Angeles
National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Chicagoland area Various, including non-credit internships Year-round info@niashf.orgNational Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
Cooley’s Anemia Foundation
(A Sons of Italy national charity)
Various sites nationwide Care Walk, the CAF’s largest national fund-raiser. Volunteer to help at a walk, or start your own. May 4, 2014, and leading up to that day Nathalia PerozoCooley’s Anemia Foundation
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
(A Sons of Italy national charity)
Massachusetts (various areas within state) Special event assistance Multiple times a year Lisa CollinsDoug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
Alzheimer’s Association
(A Sons of Italy national charity)
Nationwide Various; range from participating in a walk to office help, to advocacy Year-round Search for available opportunities with a chapter or walk near you:
Alzheimer’s Association

*Please note: This list is not intended to be all-inclusive. With the exception of Sons of Italy-related opportunities, the organizations/projects included here were chosen at random.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Sons of Italy Foundation, please visit our website to use our secure online form, or contact us at 202.547.2900. Thank you for your support this #GivingTuesday and always!

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