DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Instead of asking for money, the YWCA Dayton is using this Giving Tuesday to give back to its supporters.
Tuesday, the organization partnered with downtown restaurant Table 33 to give away free coffee.
“It’s our job to say thank you and it’s our job to make sure people understand that we can’t do this without them. So the least we can do is buy someone a cup of coffee,” said Marshall Weil, the Director of Development for the YWCA Dayton.
Giving Tuesday started in 2012 to encourage charitable donations after the consumer-driven Thanksgiving shopping weekend. Since then, it’s become a movement supporting community organizations.
Following a year of record-breaking community support, the YWCA Dayton decided to put a spin on the tradition.
“With all of that commotion around donating and being involved, we decided to look at Giving Tuesday as an opportunity for us to give,” Weil explained.
In October 2018, bolstered by several domestic violence prevention events, the organization received more than $70,000 in donations. The previous record for monthly donations was $46,000.
Table 33, which contributes weekly pastries and event catering to the YWCA, jumped at the opportunity to host the Giving Tuesday coffee giveaway so it could support its mission.
“We really just love to bring folks in here and provide a safe place for them to come and feel welcomed. And the YWCA does that everyday,” said Sam DeLong, the general manager of Table 33.
Weil said although the YWCA does receive grants, donations and community support help fund day-to-day operations and staff pay and directly benefit its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
“As vital as our organization is for the community, all of our supporters are that vital for our organization and therefore the community,” he said.
To donate to YWCA Dayton and learn more about its services, click here.
To learn more about Giving Tuesday and find more organization participating, click here.