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Put away those stretchy jeans and bag up the leftovers because ladies and gentlemen, the in-laws have left the building! Thanksgiving may be over (and hey – the leftovers might already be gone, too), but that doesn’t mean we’re not still feeling the holiday cheer. This week, VolunteerLocal is celebrating #GivingTuesday by giving away five free single-event upgrades to the following nonprofit organizations.

We invite you to join us for this year’s #GivingTuesday by donating, volunteering or giving back in some small way to a charity or nonprofit of your choice. You can learn more online at the #GivingTuesday website, or by searching #GivingTuesday on Twitter. Unsure where to give? Check out this Forbes list of the top U.S. charities. Let’s break some records!

1. Side by Side Kids is a faith-based, after-school neighborhood recreational program anchored in East Austin’s St. John’s community. We journey side-by-side with kids from kindergarten to 5th grade, encouraging and equipping them to reach their highest God-given potential as everyday leaders and heroes of tomorrow.  Learn more: http://www.sidebysidekids.org/

2. Midland Community Theatre sets the stage for thespians in Midland, Texas. The Midland Theatre features educational programming, scholarships for students in financial need and each year hosts the McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition. Their upcoming show is Annie, the story of an iconic orphan who is selected to spend time at the residence of the wealthy Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. Learn more: http://www.mctmidland.org/.

3. Pasadena Pride Center serves the entire San Gabriel Valley, celebrating diversity and acknowledging the dignity of all LGBT people, especially providing support and a “shelter from the storm” for LGBT youth. Learn more:  http://www.goodshepherdpasadena.com/pasadenapridecenter.html

4. Boulder Parks & Recreation manages three recreation centers, popular recreation class programming, the Boulder Reservoir, Valmont Bike Park, and much more. This year, Boulder’s own Valmont Bike Park will host the USA Cyclo-Cross Nationals. The event will take place this January and requires nearly 500 volunteers. Learn more: https://bouldercolorado.gov/

5. The Peewee Tournament is a statewide junior wrestling tournament in Iowa – the culmination of which will take place in Dubuque, Iowa on January 10th-12th. Calling all parents, board members and students! Volunteers needed! Click here to sign up today.


Kaylee Williams is the President of VolunteerLocal, a volunteer scheduling, management and communication platform for organizations of all types and sizes. Williams is passionate about community service and inclusion (diversity) in tech. She is a triathlete, volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, bass guitar player and homebrewer.