S60 3If you’ve been following our social media posts lately (on Facebook and Twitter, in particular), you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been talking up Giving Tuesday – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving when you’re encouraged to donate to nonprofits or others that are working to make a positive difference in the world.

Yes, it’s true, AYS is a nonprofit!

That’s still surprising to some, but we do rely on contributions from people like you to ensure that we’re able to continue to provide high-quality before- and after-school care to children in Central Indiana.
Earlier this year, for example, we held our biggest fundraiser of the year – our Lights On Luncheon: A Celebration of Afterschool, presented by Teachers Credit Union. The event brought together 180 people to celebrate the importance of out-of-school time programs and raised over $24,000 for the Ellen Clippinger Financial Assistance Fund.

To put that in perspective, an additional $24,000 means 41 more children will be able to enjoy a healthy snack, get help with their homework and participate in fun and enriching activities after school for a semester. We are so grateful to all who made our Lights On event a success, especially our generous sponsors.

So, yes, Giving Tuesday and other fundraising opportunities are important to nonprofits like ours. Your gifts to AYS mean safer, more engaged, happier kids who are ready to achieve more in school and in life – as well as peace of mind for parents who need our services.

We hope you’ll keep AYS in mind tomorrow. This #GivingTuesday, you can make a contribution that will make a direct impact on children’s lives.

Want to get a head start?  Donate here now!