Giving Tuesday is an annual, global generosity movement dedicated to the power of giving. Started in 2012, this day encourages people to help others through the gift of time, donations, goods, or their voice.
Over the past seven years, the idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, here’s a handful of recent contributions EPIC employees have made in their local communities.
Toys for Tots
The Duluth office is collecting unwrapped toys to support Toys for Tots again this year. The Marine Toys for Tots Program helps millions of less fortunate children share in the magic of the holidays. To learn more about the program, or find a local campaign to donate to, visit www.toysfortots.org.
Ferguson Elementary School Holiday Store
Our team in Duluth is also collecting gently-used household items, toys, stuffed animals, games, candles, perfumes, jewelry, and other holiday gifts for the Ferguson Elementary School Holiday Store. Students will soon have the opportunity to purchase gifts for their family members using their Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) rewards. To make each child’s surprise even more special, EPIC volunteers will donate their time on December 19 to help children wrap their hard-earned gifts!
“We truly appreciate your donations. I know each and every item donated will make an impact on the students who get to buy them with tickets that have been earned with their good behavior. The idea that they are able to shop for family members and surprise them is priceless. Thank you for being a part of this endeavor.” – Ferguson School Director
Our Atlanta office has adopted a family from the 2019 Cathedral of Christ the King Adopt-a-Family Program. Last year, the program helped over 950 families throughout Atlanta, and we’re hoping to help be a part of exceeding those numbers.
If you’d like to adopt a family, visit www.cathedralctk.com/outreach/adopt-a-family. Once you sign up for a family, you will receive detailed instructions and wish-lists to help guide you through what the family needs this holiday season. If you’d instead like to donate your time, they’re also in need of volunteers for Drop-Off Day on December 3 and Distribution Day on December 7.
School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center
EPIC’s Phil DiChiara has been involved with the School for years and will be honored at their annual Mardi Gras fundraiser February 25. The School’s main mission is to educate and empower economically-challenged women of all faiths and backgrounds by helping them improve their English and earn their H.S. equivalency diploma.
Sister Cathy Feeney and her staff work tirelessly to improve the lives of the community’s women. If you’re interested in learning more about the school and their work, visit www.ssndecwomens.com.
The Joyful Child Foundation
EPIC’s Ontario office has been heavily involved with The Joyful Child Foundation since its inception. In memory of Samantha Runnion, the foundation’s goal is to ensure that every child is exposed to personal safety education and opportunities to practice in order to cultivate each child’s instinctual response to recognize, avoid, and if necessary, physically resist and escape inappropriate behaviors or violence.
In 2019, our teams offered support in two critical ways: attending the The Joyful Child Gala at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Orange County and hosting EPIC’s annual golf tournament, which over the past five years, has generated over $200,000 for The Joyful Child Foundation. A special thanks goes to EPIC’s Dan Ryan, David McNeil, Joe Cotugna, Tiffany McClellan, Jim Gillette and the Ontario team for spearheading these efforts and continuing EPIC’s ongoing support of a special foundation.
Long Island Cares
In November, several employees donated their time to EPIC client, Long Island Cares. Long Island Cares is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food to those in need around Long Island. Our employees visited their warehouse to help separate donated food, in preparation for the holiday season. Team members also conducted an EPIC food drive at their office to support the community just in time for Thanksgiving.
Tupperware Brands Corp.
EPIC colleagues recently honored another EPIC client, Tupperware Brands Corp. Team members donated their time and shared support to celebrate the opening of Tupperware’s first-ever store, a pop-up shop in New York City’s Soho neighborhood. The shop will be open until December 22 and coincides with the launch of their redesigned e-commerce site. Located at 227 Mulberry Street, we encourage anyone in the area to stop by and spread some holiday cheer!