Paddle Antrim is joining the global #GivingTuesdayNow movement to raise funds and share stories of generosity in the Chain of Lakes region and beyond. 

#GvingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. 

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are. 

“We believe that access to nature, especially during these times are critical to our mental and physical well-being.” says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim Executive Director. “As stewards of the Chain of Lakes water trail, and as ambassadors for quiet water sports, we’re honored to help support access and the wellness of our community members.” While Paddle Antrim earnestly works to open the Chain of Lakes Water Trail thanks to a successful capital campaign that concluded in the fall of 2019, funds are still essential for operations and the organizations education and outreach events related to stewardship and paddling safety, as well as the  Ripple Effect Mini-Grant program and future water trail infrastructure. 

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing. 

Paddle Antrim will participate in this movement by highlighting ways their staff & board are giving back and how Paddle Antrim has given back through the Ripple Effect Mini Grant program on their social media channels. Paddle Antrim encourages everyone to follow along and to share their stories of generosity as well through social media. “We encourage you to share your story, tag @paddleantrim and use the hashtag #rippleeffect2020. Let’s continue to expand the ripple effect by giving back through this global generosity movement!” says Jerdee. 

Those interested in joining Paddle Antrim’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit www.paddleantrim/givingtuesdaynow and follow Paddle Antrim’s Facebook and Instagram