1,000 acts of kindness will each provide $500 for a DFW family impacted by COVID-19
(Dallas, TX) – Today, Be A Neighbor Campaign and #GiveTogetherNow are challenging the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth community to submit 1,000 acts of kindness over the next week to provide a total of $500,000 in direct cash assistance to local families impacted by COVID-19.
The pandemic is bringing severe economic challenges to millions of families nationwide, including thousands in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. From paying rent and utilities to buying food and medicine, many families are struggling with basic needs. #GiveTogetherNow was created by Stand Together and the Family Independence Initiative in response to this national emergency and has raised more than $50 million to directly support over 100,000 families and counting affected by COVID-19.
Now #GiveTogetherNow is partnering with Be A Neighbor Campaign to launch its first locally based challenge in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Any Dallas-area resident can perform an act of kindness, including volunteering at a local nonprofit, and then post a photo on social media using #GiveTogetherNowDallas. Once #GiveTogetherNow community moderators have verified a post, $500 in cash assistance will be provided directly to an eligible family in Dallas.
“Over the past several weeks, we’ve seen thousands of people giving of themselves to volunteer and help take care of their neighbors,” explains Rob Peabody, founder of Be A Neighbor Campaign. “With this challenge to the Dallas community, we can maximize every act of volunteering and kindness to not only have its immediate impact, but also put money in the pocket of a family who might need help getting groceries or paying the water bill this week.”
Michelle, a small business owner in North Dallas and #GiveTogetherNow aid recipient, is using the funds she received to help pay rent and keep her business open. “I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for the funds that #GiveTogetherNow provided for me. It has been a blessing. This generosity has not only lightened a load, it gives me faith to keep pushing. I will find a way. I want to thank everyone again so much.”
“This unprecedented moment in our nation’s history has challenged us all, but through this shared hardship has emerged an unrelenting spirit of kindness,” said Evan Feinberg, executive director of Stand Together Foundation. “From applause in the streets for health care workers to late nights spent over sewing machines assembling home-made masks, this crisis has brought out innovative acts of kindness in every corner of the globe. We hope that by encouraging Dallas to continue giving kindness, we can amplify as many good deeds as possible to keep the positivity and generosity flowing.”
About Stand Together: Stand Together empowers people dedicated to helping others improve their lives. Our philanthropic community tackles some of the biggest challenges of our times, including reforming the nation’s criminal justice system, strengthening K-12 education, helping neighbors beat poverty and addiction, empowering everyone to find fulfilling work, and more. We can all make a greater difference by uniting together than by acting on our own. For more information visit, www.standtogether.org.
About Stand Together Foundation:
Stand Together Foundation is breaking the cycle of poverty by supporting the creative solutions of individuals and communities around the country. Its goal is to help effective, high-performing social entrepreneurs maximize impact—to help them help more—by bringing a business-like approach to the social sector. The result is a vetted Catalyst Network of some of the most highly effective and top-performing non-profits in the U.S. that are helping people in poverty transform their lives. Learn more at StandTogetherFoundation.org. Stand Together Foundation is promoting the Give Kindness initiative of the #GiveTogetherNow campaign.
About Family Independence Initiative:
Family Independence Initiative (FII) trusts and invests directly in people living with low incomes so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity. Our innovative technology platform, UpTogether, is designed for the exchange of financial and social capital. UpTogether allows people living in poverty to access unrestricted cash transfers and connect with other families to help one another accomplish their financial and personal goals. Learn more at fii.org.
About Be a Neighbor Campaign
Be A Neighbor Campaign is a movement to help nonprofit organizations as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign does this by providing nonprofits free access to volunteer mobilization and management technology as well as a national database of volunteers. Be A Neighbor Campaign is helping to close the gap (#VolunteerGap) between the unprecedented needs to which nonprofits are responding and the volunteers needed to do so. The Campaign was launched by VOMO and Builders + Backers in March 2020. Learn more at www.beaneighborcampaign.com.
VOMO is powering a global volunteer movement by providing organizations and networks with the tools needed to discover and initiate projects, connect to community causes, and to measure and amplify the impact of volunteering. VOMO leverages the power of technology to unleash a generation to change the world for good. For details, visit www.vomo.org.