Valley GivesHow much we can raise to serve our communities?
On December 10, residents of western Massachusetts will go online to www.valleygivesday.org, connect with causes like Diggity Dogs, and make tax-deductible donations to support the important work of our region’s charities.
Diggity Dogs Service Dogs makes a difference every day by training rescue dogs as psychiatric and medical alert service dogs in order to help individuals with invisible disabilities live fuller, happier, more independent lives, as well as providing service dog training & support services to individuals that would like to train a dog they already own to serve as their service dog.
Our service dogs provide our clients with benefits that cannot be found in medication, therapy, or any other form of treatment and the power of having those benefits must not be underestimated. Our clients’ doctors, from psychiatrists to immunologists, are blown away by the improved physical health, outlook and general quality of life that our dogs create in their handlers’ lives!
We are thrilled to be able to part of Valley Gives, an event that showcases the collective power of philanthropy in the Pioneer Valley, as well as highlight the important role nonprofits play in our community. Hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts in partnership with the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, the Jewish Endowment Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley United Way, the The Davis Foundation, the United Way of Franklin County, the United Way of Hampshire County, and The Beveridge Foundation, Valley Gives is an innovative online fundraising event that encourages individuals to donate as much money as possible in support of their favorite charities in just 24 hours.
Valley Gives garnered $1 million in donations in the first year, 2012, and then in 2013, doubled results to over $2 million dollars raised in 24 hours from over 11,000 people who supported over 350 local nonprofits. The goal this year is to attract 20,000 donors and raise over $2 million to support vital charitable services in our region.