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5 Arlington Organizations To Support On #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities (and often stylized as #GivingTuesday), is a chance to help local charities right here in Arlington.

This year Giving Tuesday is on December 3. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: A day that encourages people to do good. 

You can demonstrate generosity in many ways on Giving Tuesday. Whether it’s by giving some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.  

There are some 150 organizations in Arlington, VA, that could use your help and are part of #GivingTuesday. You can find them on Giving Tuesday’s What’s Happening Near Me page.

5 Arlington Organizations To Support On Giving Tuesday

Here are my 5 favorite local Arlington non-profits that I regularly support:

  • A-SPAN
    A-SPAN provides life-sustaining services for Arlington’s homeless providing street outreach; bagged meals; an emergency winter shelter; permanent supportive housing and homelessness prevention programs. 
  • Animal Welfare League of Arlington
    This local organization provides animal adoption and community programs to the Northern Virginia and D.C. metropolitan area, as well as animal rescue and control services within Arlington County.
  • Arlington Food Assistance Center
    This food pantry provides low-income families and individuals access to nutritious, supplemental groceries. More than 36 percent of AFAC’s clients are children and nearly 18 percent are elderly. 
  • Doorways for Women and Families
    This organization creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault leading to safe, stable and empowered lives.
  • Phoenix Bikes
    This full-service, nonprofit youth, and community bike shop teaches hands-on mechanics skills and customer service to kids ages 12 to 18 (with an emphasis on at-risk youth) and works almost exclusively with recycled bike parts. 

Consider donating to one of these or any of the 150 participating organizations today!

Here are 5 ways you can give:

  1. Give Time.
    By volunteering, you can give something back and make a difference to the people around you
  2. Give Voice.
    By lending your voice to advocate for the causes and issues you care about, you can affect the kind of change that makes our world a better place
  3. Give Dollars.
    Donate to a nonprofit in honor of GivingTuesday. Consider donating to one of any of the 150 participating Arlington organizations or a national charity today! 
  4. Give Talent.
    Many nonprofits are understaffed or operating on a small budget and can’t afford the talent that their missions deserve. Consider giving your skills to help a nonprofit.
  5. Give Kindness.
    A seemingly small act of kindness has the power to inspire generosity that can permeate society and catalyze change.

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Local Arlington Twitter Accounts To Follow

Are you active on Twitter? If yes, then you may find these Twitter accounts about Arlington, VA, worth a look or follow:

    • Casual Adventure @VACasualAdv
      Casual Adventure is a family-owned and operated local business selling outdoor, hiking, camping, travel and scouting accessories since 1955.
  • I Love Arlington VA @ilovearlingtonv
    This Twitter account belongs to a hyperlocal, Arlington-loving couple who frequently retweets about events and happenings throughout Arlington County.
  • Clarendon Nights @clarendonnights
    On this Twitter account, you’ll find a variety of event-focused announcements spotlighting live music, restaurants and nightlife in Clarendon.
  • Texas Jacks Barbecue @txjacksbarbecue
    Brisket, smoked-meats, and ribs-loving locals can enjoy beautiful food shots from this local American barbecue-themed restaurant off Washington Boulevard.

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Arlington Fun Fact: Arlington Was Once Part of D.C.

Time for another Arlington, Virginia, fun fact: Did you know Arlington County was originally part of Washington, D.C.?

? 1. When did the land now comprising of Arlington cede from Virginia?

? 2. Which U.S. President made the request?

? 3. What year was today’s Arlington land returned to Virginia?

Here are the answers!

? 1. The land in Virginia that now comprises Arlington County and the City of Alexandria was ceded to the federal government in 1790 to be part of the District of Columbia.

?2. t was made at the behest of U.S. President George Washington

? 3. The land was later returned to Virginia in 1847.

What you might not know is that even today a small strip of land on the “Virginia side” of the Potomac River is still part of D.C. That land runs from Memorial Circle at Arlington Memorial Bridge to Lady Bird Johnson Park and the Columbia Island Marina along the George Washington Memorial Parkway just south of Regan International Airport.

Learn more about this part of the history of D.C., Arlington and Alexandria at this very exhuative webpage from VirgniaPlaces.org.

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Arlington Instagram Style

I regularly scour Instagram to spotlight cool happenings, curious people, and interesting stuff throughout Arlington, Virginia. Here’s a rundown of a few great Instagram finds about Arlington history, including:

  • Establishing Arlington’s first responders
  • Black history moments in our community

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Arlington Instagram Style

I regularly scour Instagram to spotlight cool happenings, curious people, and interesting stuff throughout Arlington, Virginia. Here’s a rundown of a few fantastic Instagram finds, including:

  • How to get into the holiday spirit locally
  • How Arlington residents pour love back into their communities

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Arlington Instagram Style

I regularly scour Instagram to spotlight cool happenings, curious people, and interesting stuff throughout Arlington, Virginia. Here’s a rundown of the best Instagram finds including:

  • Some sweet and fuzzy friends
  • Vegan sweets
  • Two events to get you in the holiday spirit

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Giving to Arlington, Instagram Style

I regularly scour Instagram to spotlight cool happenings, curious people, and interesting stuff throughout Arlington, Virginia. Here’s a rundown of the recent great Instagram finds on giving, including:

  • Boy Scouts going door to door, but not with popcorn,
  • Arlington County Fire Fighters fighting for a good cause, and
  • Puppies, Puppies and more Puppies

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