Charities hope to see your dollars on Giving Tuesday

WILKES-BARRE – John Cosgrove, chief executive officer at AllOne Charities, said this week that Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on the area’s generosity.

“This is a core attribute of our friends and neighbors in northeast and north-central Pennsylvania,” said Cosgrove.

AllOne Charities’ premier fundraising event began on Thanksgiving and will continue through Wednesday, November 30th, with the largest fundraiser being on Giving Tuesday, November 29th.

Cosgrove said the fundraiser supports 49 regional nonprofits that improve the health and well-being of people living in 13 counties in northeast and north-central Pennsylvania.

Donors can view this year’s panel of beneficiaries and donate at

Cosgrove said AllOne Charities will match the first $1,000 raised by the organizations. In addition, participating organizations can receive bonus funding if they attract the most donors and raise the most money.

At the conclusion of the event, all participating foundation names will enter a drawing to win a Random Acts of Kindness Grant made possible by six corporate and philanthropic donors including Coterra, Highmark, the Luzerne Foundation, Toyota of Scranton and the Scranton Area Community Foundation .

AllOne Charities is proud to partner with 49 organizations to increase their fundraising efforts on National Fundraising Day by matching their first $1,000 raised.

“Donors who come together on Giving Tuesday support the health of our community as one,” said Cosgrove.

Weis Markets joins clients to celebrate Giving Tuesday

Weis Markets announced this week that it will partner with customers to support local charities during National Day of Giving on Tuesday, November 29th.

Each Weis store team has selected a nonprofit organization to receive customer donations, which Weis Markets will match with up to $500 per store.

Customers are invited to donate to the local nonprofit of each store team’s choice by adding $1, $3, $5, or $10 at checkout at checkout, or by rounding up their grocery bills to the nearest dollar.

“Our Day of Giving program is a special opportunity for Weis Markets store teams to direct donations to local nonprofits that are doing good work in the communities in the seven states where we have stores,” said Maria Rizzo, vice president for marketing and advertising at Weis Markets. “We thank our employees for their passionate support of the communities in which they live and work, and we remain grateful to our customers for their continued support of these worthy causes.”

More than 150 local nonprofits participate in Weis Markets’ Day of Giving program. The local organizations chosen by Wei’s sites are primarily food supplies, emergency shelters, and animal rescue organizations.

In addition to donations from local businesses, Weis Markets is making donations of US$5,000 to two local charities, to be announced prior to the giving day.

Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA prepares for the Giving Tuesday campaign

Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA CEO Jim Thomas said the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA does not turn anyone away for insolvency.

“We believe that all children deserve to go to kindergarten to be successful, all seniors deserve to grow stronger together through membership in the Y, and all people deserve to take life-saving swimming lessons,” he said Thomas. “That’s why we’re asking for support on GivingTuesday, November 29.”

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

“At GivingTuesday, our goal is to raise the funds needed to ensure that those most in need in our community can benefit from our services,” said Thomas. “Through our GivingTuesday fundraiser, our goal is to raise the funds needed to complete our mission. We feed hundreds of children and youth through child care and camp programs at five locations. We also mentor seniors in chronic disease prevention programs and are offering swimming lessons to hundreds of children this fall. We are so grateful to our community for continuing to rally around our Y to support programs that so many people need.”

As part of the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA’s fundraising efforts, the nonprofit organization is proud to participate in AllOne Charities’ GivingTuesday Match Day initiative.

From midnight November 28th to 4pm November 30th, AllOne Charities will match the contributions of up to $1,000 from participating organizations.

Donations can be made using the AllOne Charities GivingTuesday donation form or by mail to 83 East Union St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, USA. Checks must be made payable to AllOne Charities. When donating online, be sure to select either the Wilkes-Barre Family or Greater Pittston YMCAs.

For more information or questions about donating to the Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA, contact Lindsay Landis, Financial Development Director at [email protected] or call 570-970-5048.

You can reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.