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Giving Back Online

Giving Back Online

Between training sessions and responsibilities to teams, athletes are often stretched thin. This can make it difficult to find time to volunteer your time. At Athletes for Hope, we work hard to find meaningful ways to give back to your community on your schedule. That is why we offer several ways to lend a hand online throughout the year. Below are a few great virtual ways to help:

Share with Others:

Athletes for Hope has a presence on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and posts throughout the day. We encourage you to check out our online profiles and retweet, comment or share posts that speak to you. All you need to participate in the conversation is a social media account. We encourage you to tag AFH in posts about your in-person connections. See something online about a cause that interests you? Tag us! We are always looking to retweet or share information about other charities.

Take Part in a DreamWakers Connection:
Athletes for Hope connects classrooms to career role models over video chat because students can’t BE what they can’t SEE. Only things are required to participate in a DreamWakers visit are an adequate internet connection, 45 minutes of your time and the desire to share your wisdom with kids.

Participate in an Online Campaign:
Athletes for Hope works with national community partners throughout the year to highlight their mission. We often work to create a way to participate in shining a light on the featured organization online. Examples of past online efforts include the #5forPE video challenge supporting Active Schools. The only requirement to participate in online campaigns is the ability to post to the social network of your choice.

Chime in during Twitter Chats:
Twitter chats are a great way to show your support for an organization or raise awareness for a cause important to you. You don’t have to be a Twitter expert to take part in these chats. Prior to the event, we provide all athletes with a document explaining how to participate and are on standby to provide you with help if needed. All you need to participate is an active Twitter account and an hour of time. Previous Twitter chat topics focused on sports and gender equality and how to encourage physical activity in children.

We offer several ways to give back online throughout the year. You will receive an email about these opportunities in advance so that you may book time into your busy schedules. Contact Athletes for Hope to make sure your email address is up to date for our files.

What is Giving Tuesday and How Can Athletes Participate?

The days following Thanksgiving are the highest grossing days for retail of the year. Everyone is trying to get the best deal on gifts for the holidays. There is Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and now Giving Tuesday – a day set aside for helping your favorite charity.
Giving Tuesday was created to promote charitable giving in the United States and is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Here is how you, as an athlete, can participate:

  • Donate
    Whether you donate $10 or $1000, your donation will go to help your favorite organization do good things in the world.
  • Buy all of your holiday purchases using AmazonSmile:
    AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Click here for more information about AmazonSmile.
  • Share on social media:
    Check out your favorite charity’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages and share their Giving Tuesday posts. Is your charity not on social media? Share why you support their work in your own social media post.
  • Contact us for other ideas:
    You don’t have to donate your money to help a charity.  Call us and we can help you find a way to give back to a cause you care about.

Whatever you decide to do, know that your cause needs your support to help others and Athletes for Hope is here to help you find out the best way for you to do that.