Alexandria, October 16, 2018 – On Giving Tuesday Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center (AMHC) will celebrate giving by using donations to meet the special and emergency needs of low-income Alexandrians who have mental illnesses, substance addictions, and developmental disabilities. Meeting these needs not only helps an individual solve an immediate problem, it also provides him with hope for the future, which is a component of recovery.
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s Giving Tuesday will take place on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
Founded in 1984 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit, Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center provides assistance to low-income Alexandrians and their families who are participating in mental health services with the City’s Department of Community and Human Services. Donations will help these vulnerable residents avoid eviction, keep the heat on, and meet many other essential needs. As Suzanne Chis, former Executive Director of the Alexandria Community Services Board, has said, “If you can’t have a stable base, how can you deal with other problems?” Friends of the AMHC is a volunteer run organization that also advocates for mental health care and participates in events that reduce stigma.
Those who are interested in joining Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center’s Giving Tuesday initiative can visit https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/FriendsoftheAMHC