News & Resources

Getting Creative about Giving Tuesday

Giving tuesday 2021

Unsure how or where to give this Giving Tuesday?

Every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, or showing up for an issue or people we care about, we each have something to contribute. Identify your gifts, pick a cause that gets you fired up, and give back. Each seemingly small act turns a ripple into a wave of good, transforming the Yakima Valley and building a community we all want to live in.

A few ideas to spark your creativity

Give Nourishment

Give Blood

  • Your gift could save a life – click here to make an appointment

Pay it Forward

  • Pay for coffee for the next person in line
  • Leave a gift card at the gas pump
  • Leave a great online review for your favorite local Valley small business

Distribute essentials to people facing homelessness

  • Pack kits that include nonperishable snacks and bottled water, bandages, lip balm, socks, menstrual supplies, hand sanitizers/wipes and don’t forget gloves and hand warmers to fight the cold!

Give of your Voice

  • Post about your favorite cause on social media
  • Contact your local elected officials in support of fair policies and funding for social services
  • Text 10 friends and family members about how they can participate in Giving Tuesday

Give Kindness

  • Go for a neighborhood walk and pick up litter along the way
  • Clean out your closet and donate items to organizations like Union Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, and Yakima Goodwill
  • Cheer up a friend in need of cheering up
  • Call someone to talk to them rather than texting
  • Smile at everyone you see today

Give Time

  • Reach out to your favorite nonprofit and inquire about volunteer opportunities
  • Visit to find current local offerings

Give Skills

  • Teach your friends how to knit and then give away hats or scarves to people in need
  • Utilize your social media skills and offer to help a local nonprofit reach a new audience
  • Start a community garden
  • Help with yard work for a neighbor who is ill, elderly, or immunocompromised

Help Animals

  • Donate to shelters and rescues
  • Consider adopting or fostering
  • Drop off a can of tennis balls at your local shelter

Give back to our Earth

  • Plant a tree on Giving Tuesday
  • Commit to using less waste and share with others how you are going to do it
  • Join Tuesdays4Trash and clean up a corner of your Yakima on Giving Tuesday

Give Thanks

  • Write a letter to someone who’s helped you
  • Send a thank you note to a teacher, healthcare worker, or a mentor
  • Leave a basket of nonperishable goodies for delivery and postal workers

Got an idea not on this list? We'd love to hear it. Email with your idea.