GENESEE COUNTY — Thrivent Financial and Samaritas are encouraging Michiganders to make an online donation at thrivent.cotribute.co/community/ pay-it-forward-on-givingtuesday/great-lakesregion on Dec. 3 to help some of the community’s most vulnerable people.
Thrivent Financial, a Christian-based financial services organization, is supporting Samaritas, a faith-based non-profit agency, by matching $1 for every $2 raised from this Giving Tuesday campaign. Thrivent’s efforts to support Giving Tuesday will be shared on LiveGenerously.com.
Michigan donations will fund statewide Samaritas programs to help the homeless, people with developmental disabilities, seniors in need of affordable housing, New Americans and children seeking homes with loving guardians.
“We are grateful for the Thrivent partnership and any financial support the public can offer to help us continue our work. For 85 years, Samaritas has served as a safe harbor for families in crisis,” said Kelli Dobner, Samaritas Chief Advancement Officer. “On this Giving Tuesday, I encourage people to also consider being a foster parent to any of the 13,000 kids in Michigan’s foster care system. With help, we can reduce this number by offering these kids stable homes filled with love.”
Donations made online through Thrivent’s giving platform on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, will be matched up to $20,000 per Member Network or until 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT). All online processing fees will be covered by Thrivent so 100 percent of donations will make an impact. This platform is in partnership with InFaith Community Foundation, Thrivent’s preferred system to allow its members to make online personal donations.
Giving Tuesday is just one of many Thrivent Member Network – Great Lakes Region and Samaritas campaigns to help the community. This year, volunteers of Thrivent’s Action Team provided items and assembled Easter baskets for children in the Samaritas foster care system. In the summer, Thrivent staff sponsored Faith Night at the Jimmy John’s Field in Utica, Mich. where the benefits of Samaritas’ foster care system were highlighted. Past collaborations in Lansing, Midland and Muskegon have supported Samaritas programs to help refugees and offer hope to people with development disabilities and adults residing in Senior and Independent Living communities.
Details: Visit samaritas.org. — G.G.