#GivingTuesday 2014

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Happy #GivingTuesday! Today’s guest blogger is our very own Communications Coordinator, Blake Welch. Blake has a special perspective on giving back and how EAST is making the world better.

Blake Welch EAST Initiative Communications Coordinator

Blake Welch
EAST Initiative
Communications Coordinator

Those first frenzied shopping days of the Christmas season are now behind us for 2014 and your cards have probably been swiped and entered online more times in the past few days than all of November.

Our culture has a way of emphasizing the need for giving stuff…clothes, electronics, knickknacks that look good on a shelf or trendy must-haves to make our lives even more convenient than they already are. Folks, we are beyond fortunate in America.

Today, though, we have an opportunity to focus our time and resources on giving. #GivingTuesday is in its third year and jumps on the caboose of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. It’s all about giving back.

The EAST Initiative joins thousands of other nonprofit organizations today on this #GivingTuesday, asking friends and family to learn more about what we do and encourage you to share your time and resources in helping EAST meet its mission of providing the best opportunities for students to learn and grow.

By supporting EAST on #GivingTuesday, you will help us expand the most exciting and beneficial education model in the country that equips students with not only the best technology around but also with skills and talents to jumpstart their abilities to change the world, one community at a time.IMG_1670

With your help, we can implement the EAST program in more schools to serve more communities, offer more technical trainings for students and provide vital professional development opportunities for EAST facilitators and EAST Core teachers.

I love what #GivingTuesday is and the message it communicates. I love to give more than I like to receive. I spent years living and working in east and southern Africa and tended to some of the great needs there, causing the worldview and perspective I had always known to come crashing down. Stuff does not matter, people do. And we should want to help others, not because it is the right thing to do but because we should have hearts of compassion, driven to meet the needs of others. That is what EAST does: students identify needs in their communities and they work to alleviate them.

My personal hope is anchored solely in one who gave everything and because of that hope, I believe we can follow an example of ultimate, sacrificial giving and send a thoughtful message on #GivingTuesday by giving money and our time to help worthy causes like EAST.

I invite you to visit www.supportEAST.org and consider making a tax-deductible donation to support innovative education. And hashtag all over your social media that you gave! #GivingTuesday #GivingTuesdayAR #SupportEAST

Many blessings,

Blake Welch
Communications Coordinator
The EAST Initiative

Thank you Blake. I would like to echo his call. Please consider supporting EAST. Over 170,000 students have benefited from it already, imagine if we could bring it to all students.

I’m Matt, and that’s that…

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