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Valley Gives Day 2018 is underway

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It’s May Day, and that means it’s also time for Valley Gives 2018, a 24-hour online donation drive raising money for the community.

Hundreds of businesses, schools and organizations across western Mass are taking part.

Like Empty Arms, which is outside the Florence Community Center in Northampton. They’ve raised an nearly $8,500 themselves. 

If you take a look at the live timer on the Valley Gives website, you can see how western Mass is doing so far. There’s over a thousand donors that have raised nearly $200,000 already, and we are only 5 hours in!

Since 2012, Valley Gives, which is hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, has made its mission to improve the quality of life in the Pioneer Valley by encouraging people to give back to the community.

Valley Gives is made possible by a 24-hour online donation event every May 1st.

According to the website, in 6 years, Valley Gives has received nearly 100,000 donations and raised more than $8.5 million.

If you scroll through their website, you will find 17 pages’ worth of donors to choose from; more than 300 in total...there are even prizes for reaching certain goals, and matches on certain donations.

Empty Arms Bereavement Support, which supports miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss in western Mass, is leading the way in donations according to the Valley Gives website.

Others on top include whole children and all out adventure, both of which hold recreation programs for children of all abilities, Franklin land trust, and the CONWAY school of landscape design.

Other organizations are also hosting events for May Day. They include (amongst others):

The Holyoke Public Library, Dress for Success, the Holyoke Hummus Company, Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen in Chicopee, the Northampton Recovery Center, North Star in Sunderland, The Children’s Study Home in Springfield, The Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, and Paint Box.

For more information on Valley Gives, you can CLICK HERE.

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