With all the excitement of Black Friday and holiday shopping, it’s easy to forget one of the most important tenets of the season — giving back to the community. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to find a way to give back this December.
In an effort to create a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season, organizations and individuals around the world are taking part in a movement known as GivingTuesday. The campaign was created last year to celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support non-profit organizations. In their words, “It’s time to ‘get out the give,’ and put ‘giving’ into the giving season.” Very similar to the way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the founders of GivingTuesday encourage the community to come together to give back during the holidays.
They have some great ideas for giving back:
1. Bring the family together to find some nonperishable foods in your cabinets. Then, bring your donation to your local food pantry.
2. Look in your closets at home and collect any extra items such as towels, blankets, etc. Donate your items to a program that sets up families in new homes.
3. At the beginning of a new season, think of one item that is needed. Then do a collection in your neighborhood for that one item and donate it to a local charity.
Check out the GivingTuesday website for more ways you can give back to the community this year.
We also can’t forget our own community! As genealogists, many of us could use some extra help breaking through our brick walls this holiday season. Inspired by the mission of GivingTuesday, we wanted to spread the word and share ideas for some of the many ways that folks can give back to the genealogy community this year.
Mocavo was founded with the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to discover his or her family’s story. It was with this mission in mind that we created multiple free resources to empower members of the genealogy community to help one another discover his or her story.
Three Ways You Can Give Back to the Genealogy Community this Season
1. Volunteer for Genealogy Karma
Modeled after Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, we created Genealogy Karma to connect researchers all around the country. If you’re looking for information about an ancestor who lived far away, we will connect you with family history volunteers who can do this research for you in other cities. If you have some time to spare this season, try fulfilling a request for a fellow genealogist. See all requests, or become a volunteer here.
2. Post information in Mocavo Surname Groups
Mocavo’s Surname Groups help family history researchers tap into the collective knowledge of thousands of other genealogists. If you have information about a particular surname, share your findings by posting a message on the group’s surname page. Your information may help someone make a breakthrough in his or her own research (You can also, of course, post questions about a surname for others to respond to).
3. Preserve Your Story and Help Solve a Mystery with Mocavo Free Scanning
Do you have piles of research laying around? Old books gathering dust? Historical documents sitting in boxes? Now is the time to take advantage of Mocavo Free Scaninng. We scan books, documents and any standard-size paper sheets to bring them online for you and the rest of the Mocavo Community. Your dusty pile of documents could hold the clue to solve another genealogist’s riddle. Let us help you tell your story to the world.
There are many ways to give back during the holidays. Whether you give back to your local community, or the genealogy community, be sure to donate some time this December to help others in the spirit of the holiday season.