GivingTuesday 2021

Join Trying Together, your neighbors, and the global community on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, in celebrating kindness, collaboration, and generosity. Join us in #GivingTogether this #GivingTuesday.

What Is GivingTuesday?

First established in 2012, GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. It’s also an opportunity for people to stand together in unity—to use their individual power of generosity to support and champion the organizations and causes they care about.

Why Should You Participate?

The importance of accessible and affordable high-quality child care is at the forefront of how our country continues to recover. Throughout the pandemic, the need for developmentally appropriate care did not stop, nor did the resilience of providers, families, and children.

Your actions and your stories in 2021 have made a difference in how funds have been allocated to child care, but we know that advocacy efforts must continue. Together, we have the ability to uplift the voices of child care, change policy, and provide better outcomes for children.

That’s why Trying Together’s mission to reinforce the work of early childhood is more important than ever before. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trying Together has worked to:

  • Advocate for federal ARPA and CARES funding that has helped some child care providers stay open during the pandemic, while continuing to stress the importance of significant, lasting investments at the state level.
  • Advocate for family thriving compensation for early childhood professionals — the workforce behind the workforce.
  • Elevate the voices of PA child care providers and parents on how the staffing crisis is impacting their business and ability to work.
  • Promote  anti-racist, culturally- and linguistically responsive, equitable, and inclusive early childhood environments; and has committed to addressing the systemic barriers and longstanding inequities in the underfunding of early learning that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Your contribution can support the advocacy work Trying Together is doing at the local, state, and federal level. Will you join us in this work by showing your support on GivingTuesday?

What You Can Do

We all have gifts to give, and thanks to social media, online giving, mail, and phones, there are limitless ways to use your generosity to reinforce the early childhood field. For examples of how you can give this giving season, see the list below!

Submit A Donation

If you would like to support Trying Together’s work directly, consider submitting a financial donation! We appreciate donations of any size. However, for those looking for recommended amounts, Trying Together has identified the following tiers:

  • Early Childhood Supporter ($60)
  • Early Childhood Sustainer ($120)
  • Early Childhood Champion ($1,000)

Thanks to the generosity of Trying Together’s Board of Directors, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000. Help us secure these matched dollars by donating!

Share Your Story

When you think of a good educator, who do you think of? Take time this #GivingTuesday to thank that person via social media, phone, or email and let them know how their work has positively impacted your life or the life of your child.

Social Media

Join the larger community in celebrating gratitude by posting your thank you message, picture, or video on social media using #GiveThanks or #GivingTogether.

  • Example: I’d like to say thank you to @amymiller for the wonderful work she’s been doing to support my child’s learning and healthy development! Ashton still can’t stop talking about the caterpillar craft he did last month! 🐛🦋 #GiveThanks #GivingTuesday

Set a goal for how many educators you’d like to thank this giving season and share it out on social media using #GiveThanks or #GivingTogether!

  • Example: This #GivingTuesday, I’m celebrating gratitude by thanking three early learning professionals who have had a positive impact on my life and child. Will you join me? #GiveThanks 📞💌
Phone or Email

If you have their phone number or email, contact your early learning professional and let them know how much you appreciate the work they do to support your family.

Share Our Fundraising Page

Another great way to support Trying Together is by sharing our fundraising page with your network. To help get you started, we have created a Giving Tuesday Social Media Toolkit that features sample social media posts and more!

Create A Video Message

Pennsylvania’s child care providers are struggling, and they need your help. Advocacy on behalf of providers, families, and children can influence the future of funding for child care.

Take time today to send a short video or written message to your legislator and let them know how important child care is to you. If you need help, use the following questions to craft your story.

For families:
  • What do you value about early care and education?
  • How has child care supported you and your children?
For advocates:
  • Why do you advocate for early care and education?
  • What is the value and importance of child care in your community?
For early learning providers:
  • What has providing care during the pandemic looked like for you?
  • How has the CARES Act funding supported your center?

More Information

For questions, please contact Trying Together at info@tryingtogether.org.