#GivingTuesday: How to Help Local Organizations This Holiday Season

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - On Black Friday and Cyber Monday we spend a lot on holiday gifts or even on items for ourselves; but this #GivingTuesday consider spending to help someone else.

There are a few local organizations looking for help, and better yet, they invest those donations right back into the Twin Tiers.
  
"Almost all of our resources go completely back into the community," Director of the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College Dr. Joseph Lemak said. "We sponsor school field trips to the Mark Twain Study, Quarry Farm. We are establishing and creating a lot of online resources for the local community that will be on our website; interactive maps about Mark Twain's Elmira College, interactive maps of perhaps Woodlawn Cemetery."

Though you can give a monetary donation to most organizations online, that's not the only way you can help.

"We're always in need of kitten supplies, food, treats, toys, paper towels, any sort of cleaning supplies like that, anything helps," Community Engagement Manager for the Chemung County SPCA Arynn Brucie said.

But if your budget is tight, believe it or not, there is something that's more valuable than money.
  
"Time means more than I think people understand," Brucie said. "Time is really important here at the shelter. Even just coming in to play with kittens or visit with the dogs you know that that's really helpful too."
   
"Every single little bit helps and even if you can't donate this year, consider us maybe perhaps in the future," Lemak said. "But even if you can and you're not willing to donate at all please check out our website. Again we really want to support this legacy of – really this important legacy of Mark Twain in Elmira."

To donate to the Center for Mark Twain Studies follow this link.

To donate to the Chemung County SPCA follow this link.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday follow this link.


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