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Greater Cleveland gets an exclusive way to participate in Giving Tuesday with Action Button

November 19, 2018

Greater Cleveland gets an exclusive way to participate in Giving Tuesday with Action Button

This has been a remarkable year of generosity in Cleveland, with the way people have reacted to our stories about the human face of poverty in the series we call A Greater Cleveland.

Hundreds of people are giving up large amounts of time to work with people in need through Open Table. Many others contributed cash, either to families we profiled our non-profit agencies that help people in need.

Now, we’re hoping people in Northeast Ohio can demonstrate their big hearts through a Giving Tuesday pilot project with Action Button, an innovative digital tool for doing good. Action Button was created by a company run by entrepreneur Jordan Hewson, daughter of U2 frontman and philanthropist Bono.

Hewson’s goal is to give people an easy method for effecting change – by donating money or signing petitions, for example – on the same Internet pages where they read news about causes that are important to them. Her company has created a series of buttons, largely based on national causes, that can be embedded into news stories.

For Giving Tuesday, we’re working with Hewson’s company to create Action Buttons for some of our most vital philanthropic organizations in Northeast Ohio.

Let’s start with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

One in six people in Northeast Ohio doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from, and the food bank usually is part of the answer. It provides 57 million meals a year to those in need. Every dollar donated provides four meals for the hungry. An army of volunteers walks through the Food Bank’s doors each month, to help sort and package the meals. The food bank is a lifesaver for Northeast Ohio.

(If you can’t see the food bank Action Button, click here.)

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland provide a safe harbor

With clubs throughout Cleveland and its closest suburbs, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland provides a safe space for children to play and study in neighborhoods where bullets regularly fly. The clubs provide children of all ages the assistance they need to thrive while keeping them out of the line of fire.

(If you can see the Boys & Girls Clubs Action Button, click here.)

The United Way focuses on poverty.

In the same year we published the bulk of A Greater Cleveland, the United Way of Greater Cleveland transformed itself, focusing its considerable resources on the causes of poverty. Through its 2-1-1 hotline, the United Way also focuses on people on the front lines of poverty, people who need immediate housing, health or food assistance. Around 300,000 people a year call the hotline for aid.

(If you can’t see the United Way Action Button, click here.)

The City Club of Cleveland is the bastion of free speech

Honest discourse is more important now than ever, and the City Club of Cleveland has been providing it for more than a century. Presidents, academics, scientists, journalists and people from all walks of life have spoken on its stage and fielded unfiltered audience questions. It is one of Cleveland’s most vital institutions.

If you can’t see the City Club Action Button, click here.

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