HealthCorps Responds to Urgent COVID19 Need with #thrivingtogether, Joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity

Posted 05/04/2020 | By HealthCorps

[NEW YORK, New York] [May 5, 2020] –   HealthCorps, a national health and wellness nonprofit, is responding to the COVID19 pandemic by giving teens and their families nourishment for their bodies and minds.  The organization is helping to provide access to essential resources like food and on-going digital programming for K-12 students. Thus far, the organization has distributed over 35,914 meals to those in need and reached over 191,000 individuals with through in-person and online educational services.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

“Together, we can harness our humanity to strengthen our mental resilience, change that feeling of being helpless to being helpful, and break through to a new normal with health and wellness. To date our online resources have received over  1.3 million views across our digital channels. We are proud to be a part of the COVID19 conversation and hope to continue our important work with funds raised from #GivingTuesdayNow,” said HealthCorps CEO Amy Braun.

Among its many community based activities, HealthCorps recently delivered fresh fruits and vegetables to families impacted by COVID-19 in collaboration with My Life My Power and FreshPoint in South Florida and fresh produce farming families in collaboration with Foodshare and California Walnuts in Oxnard, CA.  In rural Kentucky, a HealthCorps coordinator prepares breakfasts and lunches for community children and distributes them via school bus. Arizona coordinators distribute food to low-income families.  At all distribution points, HealthCorps provides educational resources in English and Spanish when appropriate. To learn more about how our coordinators are helping across the nation, watch this video.

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing.

“As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”

Those interested in joining HealthCorps’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit: https://healthcorps.org/thrivewithhc/

For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayNow on Twitter. For youth interested in joining the movement, visit GivingTuesdayKids.org for inspiration and project ideas.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps is a 501 (c)(3) that gives teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives.

Founded in 2003, HealthCorps’ mission is to strengthen communities with the most innovative approaches to health and wellness to help the next generation be more resilient, both mentally and physically. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought.

HealthCorps currently has programming in the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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