United Way of Story County has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Donations raised will be used to benefit the Wheels for Work program.


Wheels for Work, a partnership between UWSC, Ames Ford Lincoln and local human service agencies, accepts donated vehicles to be inspected, repaired and given to local families in need who qualify for the program. As a result, these families are able to maintain a stable job, attend necessary doctor appointments, and allow their children to participate in extracurricular activities. Since the program began in 2015, 21 vehicles have been donated to Story County families.


Occurring this year on Nov. 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.


UWSC has been supporting local community efforts through #GivingTuesday since 2013. In 2016, the funds raised were used to support health and wellness programs in Story County.


“Giving is a powerful reminder of our shared humanity,” said Jean Kresse, president and CEO of UWSC. “In a season full of shopping and celebrating, #GivingTuesday reminds us of the importance of giving back and helping people who need extra support so that, together, we can build a stronger community.”


Those who are interested in joining UWSC’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.uwstory.org/giving-tuesday.