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Joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity

News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Friends of St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point Museums is responding to meet the needs of the St. Mary’s County Museum Division during this difficult time by hosting “A Day of History” on social media platforms May 5, 2020.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need of nonprofits caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

At a time when we are all experiencing the effects of the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

As part of this initiative, the Friends will be celebrating “A Day of History” and will be hosting a post-a-thon on the Friends social media accounts about the history of our museum sites in St. Mary’s County. The Friends will celebrate their mission to preserve the history of the county where Maryland began and share links and information on how the public can support that mission as well.

Amber Puschinsky, Fundraising Coordinator for the Friends, says: “This is a critical point in the year for fundraising for our museums. We hope by sharing our important mission with the community that we can create awareness of the work our historic sites are doing. Whether it is by donating $10 or even simply sharing one of our social media posts, any action taken will help the museums be successful with sharing these stories of the past through exhibitions, family events and community programming when we reopen.”

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill or giving to causes (like the Museums) – every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing.

“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our health care workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”

Those interested in joining the Friends of St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point Museum’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit Facebook.com/FriendsSCI and Facebook.com/FriendsOfPineyPoint each hour during the day May 5, 2020, to learn more about the important things the organization does to preserve local St. Mary’s County history.

For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website www.givingtuesday.org, Facebook page Facebook.com/GivingTuesday, or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter. For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas.

#GivingTuesdayNow is organized by GivingTuesday, in partnership with its global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals. GivingTuesday is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

The Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums raise funds in order to support historical interpretation, education programs and special needs of the sites managed by the Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks. The Friends organization is a 501(c) 3 organization sponsoring events, assisting with acquisitions and supporting efforts to broaden the understanding of our culture and community’s heritage.


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