Organizations in Northeast Wisconsin celebrate 'Giving Tuesday'

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Right after Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday. Dozens of non-profits and organizations across Northeast Wisconsin celebrated the kickoff to the charitable season.

Giving Tuesday is a way to support those groups who are making positive changes to our community.

Since 2012, the worldwide movement has been on a mission to strengthen communities.

“Giving Tuesday is a wonderful kickoff to the giving season, we rely here at CASA of Brown County on generous donations from so many in the community and it's a wonderful day to raise awareness about our mission, about our critical child advocacy program,” said Kristin Jacobs, the Executive Director of CASA of Brown County.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Last year, 133 volunteers advocated for 246 kids in our community who have been abused or neglected.

“A CASA volunteer is very often the only consistent adult presence in the life of a child, whose been abused or neglected, and we know that a child with a casa volunteer, is more likely to get help with other services, spend less time in foster care, and be moved from home to home, find a safe home, and do better in school,” said Jacobs.

Another organization thankful for any help it can get is the YWCA in the Green Bay area.

“We have a focus on women and girls, but we broadly support the community, we support entrepreneurs, we support diversity and inclusion, we support other non-profits in terms of providing support of services,” said Renita Johnson, the CEO of the YWCA Greater Green Bay.

Johnson said donations help support their long list of services like the women's career closet that sets women up for success.

“What we believe here at the YWCA is if you support one woman, you actually support a whole family and people understand ecosystems - families are ecosystems, and we support women who support families, who support neighborhoods, who support cities, and it just goes on and on,” said Johnson.