Giving Tuesday: Long Island Charities Embrace Philanthropic Campaign

first_imgSetting a goal of $5,000 was the Long Island Crisis Center, which operates a 24/7 hotline for people suffering from suicidal thoughts or battling other crises. By 3 p.m., the group was halfway toward its fundraising target.“The fact that a philanthropic giving day is receiving nationwide attention is fabulous because Americans are very charitable, but this really puts it front and center for them, that there is a day during the year and its kind of the beginning of the season of giving,” said Fran Karliner, director of development at the Long Island Crisis Center.Last year, the crisis center fielded more than 10,000 hotline calls and reached 16,000-plus students and professionals through community education workshops. And when actor and comedian Robin Williams died of suicide in August, the number of calls to the hotline doubled.“We’re wrapped up in buying presents for people and what we are going to do for our children, our parents,” she added. “But here’s a day to think about what am I going to do for my community.” Curran said she’s not surprised that Giving Tuesday spread globally.“People are generous, and giving is something that unites us across boundaries and political divides,” she said.Heather Buggée, founder and executive director of Huntington-based Splashes of Hope, a non-profit that paints murals for medical and social services facilities, said Giving Tuesday succeeds in changing the focus of the holidays back to helping the less fortunate.“Giving Tuesday is all about giving back to the community,” she said. “A lot of times during the holiday season people are focused so much, children especially, are focused so much on what they’re going to receive…it makes them think more about what other children are going through.”#GivingTuesday Tweets Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After a weekend in which millions of people descended on big box stores for discounted high-definition televisions and popular holiday gifts, Americans on Tuesday were again asked to open their wallets for a day-long initiative meant to inspire mass spending—but this time, for a cause.The campaign, dubbed Giving Tuesday, which comes one day after Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, seeks to encourage people across the globe to consider giving their hard-earned money to people in need, instead of spending it on high-priced electronics and attractive high-tech gadgets.The philanthropic celebration, founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, has become a global phenomenon in just three years. By early Tuesday morning, the hasthag #GivingTuesday was already trending nationwide.Long Island was also reveling in the philanthropic spirit, with local groups turning to social media to reach out to potential donors. The organizations participating in the campaign ranged from hunger and relief organizations to colleges and education advocacy groups.Seeking to capitalize on Tuesday’s day of giving was the Mineola-based Family and Children’s Association, which set a donation goal of $25,000, but had to temporarily cease accepting online donations at one point because its computer system crashed due to the high volume of contributions.The non-profit, which serves disadvantaged individuals and families, also held an open house breakfast for homeless youth in Freeport that allowed donors to see firsthand how donations translate into food and shelter for those in need, said Joyce Mullen, Family and Children’s Association’s director of marketing and communications. The campaign was created in 2012 when the 92nd Street Y, a community center, noticed how retailers were using shopping holidays, such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to invigorate sales.“We thought there was room for a day to celebrate giving, to stop and think about how we can make a difference in the causes we care about,” Asha Curran, director of 92nd street Y’s Center for Innovation & Social Impact, said in an email. “And we’ve been inspired by how much people want to have this conversation.“The point of this movement is that everyone, everywhere, has something to give, whether it’s money, volunteer time, skills, or advocacy,” she added.The campaign also included some good-spirited boasting from donors on social media. Using the hashtag #unselfie, one woman held up a sign that read, “I knit to bring joy to others.” Another woman used the forum to promote the Mala Fund, a global non-profit that seeks to empower school-aged girls. The fund is named after Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani born education advocate who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in October 2012. She was only 15 when she was shot. Two years later, Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient.The LI Crisis Center also got into the action: Colleen Merlo, executive director of Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, also praised the social movement.“We are constantly fundraising,” Merlo said. “But a day like this brings awareness and helps us.”The non-profit advocates for victims of domestic violence, but also provides meals and shelter to families.Merlo noted that $20 could feed a family of four, and $50 could provide counseling for a child.“Every donation helps,” Merlo said.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw optimistic about quick return after ‘clean’ MRI

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “Obviously, the timing couldn’t have been worse, working all that time to try and stay ready and I really felt so good going into the season,” he said. “It was pretty defeating, honestly, just, ‘How is this happening right now?’ But I kind of started moving forward yesterday and today made a lot of progress.“It’s getting better pretty quick and I’m optimistic that it shouldn’t be much longer than my original stint on the IL.”Kershaw will be eligible to return during the Dodgers’ series in Arizona next weekend. Until then, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said right-hander Dustin May is “likely” to replace the veteran in the starting rotation. May became the first Dodgers rookie pitcher to start the season opener since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 when he went 4 1/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.“Dustin threw the baseball really well last night,” Roberts said. “So going forward, we’re talking about Houston (for his next start). We just don’t know right now. … We haven’t still penciled in Dustin for that start in Houston, but it’s certainly a good chance.”For Kershaw, the season-opening trip to the injured list recalled his back problems from 2016 through 2018 when he went on the IL each year, first with a herniated disc and later with related problems in his lower back. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “I don’t really remember each specific time other than when I really hurt it in 2016. That’s the only (time) that I truly remember being in some serious, serious pain,” Kershaw said. “I feel like every other one has been — obviously there’s been some things connected as far as why it’s happening. But back pain is one of those things that you kind of deal with and you do the best you can and sometimes things crop up.“I feel like I’ve been fortunate for the last couple years and (until) for whatever reason on Tuesday.”PAYING BETTSThe 12-year, $365 million contract extension signed by Mookie Betts this week could have him in the Dodgers’ lineup at age 39 — and cashing checks from the team when he is 52 years old.According to details of the contract reported by The Associated Press, $115 million of Betts’ contract is deferred. A record $65 million signing bonus will be paid out in installments over 15 years beginning in 2021.Betts will receive annual salaries of $17.5 million in 2021 and 2022, rising to $20 million in 2023, $25 million in 2024-2027, $30 million from 2028-30 then dropping to $27.5 million in 2031 and 2032, the final year of the contract.The deferred money will be payable each July 1 — known as Bobby Bonilla Day to followers of baseball finances — from 2033 through 2044, rising from $8 million annually in the first five years to $10 million the next two and $11 million annually 2040-2044.Betts’ contract does not include a no-trade clause. If he is traded by the Dodgers, however, the deferrals are eliminated and the $115 million would be paid over the remainder of the contract.Related Articlescenter_img SEAT UPGRADESPlayers this season are expected to socially distance as much as possible. For players not in the starting lineup or likely to get in the game — the rest of the starting rotation or injured players, for example — that means staying out of the dugout.There are covered seating areas down the line from each dugout at Dodger Stadium, set up as a place for those players and some staff to watch the game, socially distanced from their teammates. According to Alex Wood, though, he and the rest of the Dodgers’ starting pitchers were a little restless during Thursday’s opener.“It was hard to figure out where to go, what to do during the game for me, Clayton, Julio (Urias) and Ross (Stripling),” Wood said. “We bounced around because I don’t think we’re supposed to be in the dugout. That was a new adventure, for sure.“We started in left field, kind of above the bullpen. Then we made our way into the weight room. We were in the clubhouse for a little then we made our way back out to the ‘Home Run Seats.’ We kind of bounced around. It was kind of hard to sit in one spot the whole time. It’s hard to beat those ‘Home Run Seats.’ That’s probably where I’ll find myself a lot of the time.”The “Home Run Seats” are new this year, part of the $100 million renovation to the stadium’s outfield pavilions. They are located immediately behind the walls in right and left field. LOS ANGELES — Whatever Clayton Kershaw did to his back in the weight room Tuesday, forcing him out of his scheduled Opening Night start, he is optimistic it is not “super serious” and he has a “clean” MRI to back him up on that.“When you get a clean MRI, you’re thankful for that obviously, that there’s nothing structurally wrong,” Kershaw said Friday. “So really after that, to me, you just try to get going. You try to get going, make things loosen up, try to start rehabbing, try moving around. So that’s what I’ve been doing“There’s no timeline (for his return), but I feel pretty optimistic. With everything that it could have been, I feel somewhat thankful that it’s not super serious.”Kershaw threw in the outfield briefly during Friday’s pregame workout, stretching out to 90 feet and reporting that he “felt good” doing it. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more