Giving Tuesday in Sheldon

Ryan Haack, development director of Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon, thanks the city council for proclaiming Dec. 3 as Giving Tuesday in Sheldon.

SHELDON—Sheldon mayor Greg Geels issued a proclamation to designate Tuesday, Dec. 3, as Giving Tuesday in the city where families come first.

“Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world,” according to the organization.

The first Giving Tuesday was in 2012 and it always takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Geels issued the proclamation at last Wednesday’s Sheldon City Council meeting after a nudge from officials at the Village Northwest Unlimited, a Sheldon-based nonprofit that provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“We want to encourage the citizens of Sheldon to support all philanthropic causes on that day — whatever that might be — and that includes not just monetary giving but volunteering and thinking of others or even hearing a kind word,” Village development director Ryan Haack told the council.

Any donations to the Village made on Giving Tuesday will go toward the organization’s “Building on Our Promise” campaign, which seeks to raise $3 million through two components.

The first component of the capital campaign is to raise $2.5 million to build two intermediate-care facility homes for the intellectually disabled on the Village campus, located at 330 Village Circle in Sheldon. The six-bedroom homes will replace one of the original 12-bedroom homes which is nearing the end of its useful life on campus.

The second component of the campaign has been designated at $500,000 to be applied toward the Robert D. and Esther Hoogeveen Legacy Endowment for Direct Support Professionals. The endowment was created in 2008 to more equitably compensate Village employees called direct-support professionals who provide the hands-on care for the persons with disabilities served at the Village.

Village CEO Barry Whitsell said giving to others helps a person feel like they made a difference and highlighted how contributions have helped his organization.

“Through the years each and every gift from the smallest to the largest have all been combined to make the Village one of the premier providers of services to people with disabilities,” he said. “So, people can see firsthand the impact of their gifts no matter the size.

“I would encourage everyone to participate in Giving Tuesday whether it be to the Village or some other charity because giving is a privilege and a source of great personal pride.”