CLIFTON FORGE —  This Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Historic Masonic Theatre will join with Boys Home of Virginia and Alleghany Highlands YMCA to inspire generosity by participating in GivingTuesday.

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world.

GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on Dec. 3 and throughout the year. 

Boys Home of Virginia is raising money for its library, and the theme is “Books for the Boys.” Those who contribute on GivingTuesday will participate in updating and populating the Boys Home library shelves.

“Boys Home aims to create positive change in the lives of the young men in our care, and improved literacy skills are a critical aspect of that change,” said a spokesperson for Boys Home. “Every donation can make a difference, just as every book can make a difference in the life of a child.”

The Alleghany Highlands YMCA is raising funds to increase safety and security measures for its early learning program, and to develop new programs that target the teen population.

The mission of the Alleghany Highlands YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

“Contributions to the Y through GivingTuesday can collectively make a big impact for the youth and families we serve,” said Jennifer Unroe, CEO of the Alleghany Highlands YMCA. “All kids have great potential and the Y helps them to envision and pursue the best possible future.” 

The Historic Masonic Theatre is expanding its efforts in “Building Connections” with the many theatre-supported community activities that use theatre space free of charge.

Those organizations include Alleghany Rehab, MLK Legacy Walk Lunch-eon and Presentation, Fall Festival and Easter Gospel Sings, Easter Sunrise Service, Flag Day, civic meetings, Carols and Cocoa, Fishing with Angels, and Heroes for Heroes Movie Series, to name a few.

“The original vision for the fully renovated Historic Masonic Theatre was that it would actively support, nurture, and connect our local community,” said Jeff Stern, executive director for The Historic Masonic Theatre. “Fully 30 percent of all the events we host and produce are free to attend. 

“Our free community events are made possible through the generosity of local businesses, foundations, and, most importantly, individuals,” Stern added. “Our goal for Giving Tuesday is modest, but it will help us continue to serve the community we proudly call home.”

Those who are interested in donating to Boys Home of Virginia, Alleghany Highlands YMCA and the Historic Masonic Theatre’s GivingTuesday initiatives can visit the organizations’ Facebook pages or websites.  

Boys Home’s website is  boyshomeofva.org/.  The YMCA’s website is www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=alleghany+highlands+ymca.

The Historic Masonic Theatre’s website is historicmasonictheatre.com/.

GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea:  to create a day that encourages people to do good.

Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. 

People demonstrate generosity in many ways on GivingTuesday. Whether it’s helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving to causes we care about, every act of generosity counts.

GivingTuesday has raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets 14.2 billion impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved.

“GivingTuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year,” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO and co-founder. “With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world.”    

For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), visit their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday), or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday on Twitter.