Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services was one of 256 organizations nationwide to receive funding from the foundation.
BJ’s Charitable Foundation is donating $5,000 to Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services for hunger prevention, the charity announced this week. LARS provides aid to individuals and families in need around the area, including emergency food assistance. The contribution is a small slice of the $1,689,150 recently pledged by BJ's to further the causes of hunger prevention, education, self-sufficiency, and healthcare. The donations were distributed to 256 organizations across 15 states, according to the foundation. Jessica Newman, executive director of the foundation, said organizers hope the contributions will “create a positive, long-lasting impact on the communities in which BJ’s serves" and “impact tens of thousands of individuals and …
Howard County-based the Build Haiti Foundation; Columbia Festival of the Arts; and the Arc of Howard County are among the nonprofits trying to encourage people to pause in their shopping and find a way to help others.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Anna Varela
Monday, November 26, 2012
Will donating to charity ever be as popular as shopping during the holiday season? A partnership of nonprofits hopes so. For many people, the holiday shopping marathon began on Thanksgiving day, with some national chains opening their doors just hours after the traditional turkey dinner. Then comes Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, which has morphed into Cyber Week. Now, there's a new campaign asking you to open your wallet: Giving Tuesday. According to the Giving Tuesday website, the effort, coming on the heels of days devoted to consumerism, is designed "to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit …