A day for our area to give

Published 10:27 pm Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thursday, Feb. 2, you’ll have the chance to help charitable organizations across the state continue to provide a wide range of services.

The Alabama Association of Nonprofits in partnership with the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Razoo Foundation will sponsor “Alabama Gives Day,” a one-day chance for individuals to make monetary contributions to nonprofit organizations of their choice. Supported by the Alabama Press Association and hundreds of nonprofits across the state, the goal of the event is to connect new and existing donors with hundreds of nonprofit organizations in 24 hours.

Local organizations such as Christian Services for Children In Alabama Inc., SABRA Sanctuary, ArtsRevive, Edmundite Mission, Visually Impaired People Organization Inc. or VIP, Black Belt Community Foundation and the Salvation Army, are currently participating and believe help from the public is “vital.”

“We feel it’s extremely important to give to people inside and outside the state of Alabama, to let people know what we’re doing,” Development officer for Edmundite Missions Joe O’Quinn said. “We look forward to joining the rest of the nonprofits and highlight all the work the nonprofits are doing.”

Christian Services executive director Cynthia M. Stinson said the program brings community awareness to what nonprofits actually do.

“It’s vital,” Stinson said. “We do depend on additional dollars from individuals and churches to carry out our mission for children and families who experience abuse and neglect; it’s important we get the word out to as many people as possible to make this a success.”

Here’s how it works. From midnight to 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 2, Alabamians can go online to www.alabamagivesday.org and choose to make a gift to one or more of the participating organizations.