Letter: Dig deep for Give Local Piedmont

If there is one thing Rappahannock is known for, it’s our sense of community. Did you know that there’s an upcoming opportunity that can band us together in a fantastic effort to benefit many of our community organizations?

It’s called Give Local Piedmont, and on May 6, a few clicks on the computer is all it will take to make a real difference for many nonprofits in Rappahannock and three surrounding counties.

This inaugural online giving event, spearheaded by the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, provides an opportunity for all of us who care about our community to raise as much money as possible for the more than 100 participating local nonprofits during a 24-hour period. For as little as $10, anyone can be a philanthropist and give where they live! Imagine the impact if every resident pledged to give $25, $50 or more to their favorite local charity on May 6.

This event is new to our area, but not to the nation. Last September, Richmond held its third annual Give Local event, raising $1.5 million from more than 18,000 gifts. This year, Give Local Piedmont, which is part of the national Give Local America initiative, is one of many simultaneous fundraising events being held nationwide to commemorate the centennial anniversary of American community foundations. It has the potential to be part of the largest online fundraising event in history.

The 24 hours will be filled with contests and friendly competition, resulting in additional funds for individuals’ selected nonprofits. If your name is picked for a “golden ticket” (drawn each hour), your charity will get an extra $500! And four designated “Power Hours” have been set aside to award an additional $750 for the organizations that raise the highest dollar amount within those hours.

Participating non-profits — about half of which benefit Rappahannock residents — serve a wide range of causes, including education, the arts, the environment, medical and dental care, mental health, animals and many others. They’re all listed on the event website. Check it out to find out more about the organizations.

Pledge to give local and spread the word! Pick up and display a free “Give Local Piedmont” car magnet at the county administrator’s office and please be generous on May 6!

Cole Johnson
Executive director, Northern Piedmont Community Foundation

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