3 Reasons to Give the Gift of Friendship on Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday — the annual global generosity movement that aims to transform communities through raising awareness and donations. Started in 2012, Giving Tuesday has become a tradition after Black Friday and Cyber Monday to give back to your local nonprofits. 

This Giving Tuesday, give to a local nonprofit that provides community, friendship and support for individuals in isolation. Friendship Circle is proud to provide 3,000 families throughout Metro Detroit and beyond with boundless love and support. Learn more about services provided by Friendship Circle.

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1. Innovation is Key — Growth as a Core Value

Donating to Friendship Circle this Giving Tuesday means supporting an organization that constantly finds innovative ways to meet the needs of the community. In 2020, that meant expanding career opportunities for adults with special needs with the purchase of Dakota Bread Company

After seeing the need for a bakery training program for adults with special needs, Friendship Circle stepped up and made it happen. At Friendship Circle, having a “growth mindset” means making it happen no matter what — even during a pandemic.

2. Dependable Support — Always There No Matter What

When COVID-19 hit Michigan in March 2020, lockdown began on a Friday and Friendship Circle had virtual programming up and running by Monday. No matter the circumstances, Friendship Circle will continue to provide support for families and individuals in the community living in isolation.

Now, 30 virtual programs are happening each week on the Facebook group FC Goes Virtual — a collaborative effort with Friendship Circles from around the world. Programs include yoga, baking, karate, music and movement, virtual camp, social groups and more. 

3. Making it Count — Give the Gift of Inclusion

Bringing community and friendship to those in isolation is at the core of Friendship Circle. While virtual programming helped many families stay connected, Zoom did not work for every individual. That’s why Friendship Circle decided to create Friendship Circle Summer Camp, Dedicated in Loving Memory of Jamey Moray z”l by Randy and Craig Rubin.

The overnight camp brought community and friendship for many kids and adults with special needs — some who had never slept away from home before. The innovative idea of an overnight camp was a safer alternative to day camp. After four successful weeks of canoeing, painting in the studio, talent shows and more at camp, plans for an overnight camp next summer are already in the works.

Donate this Giving Tuesday to help Friendship Circle continue to grow its programs and find new ways to bring community to those in isolation. Click here to donate.

For media inquiries, please contact Melanie Barnett at [email protected].

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