With more than 22 million people unemployed in the U.S., many of us are asking what we can do to help.
Millions of Americans are receiving stimulus checks from the federal government. Some will need this money greatly, but many of us know people in our churches, communities, and businesses with far greater needs than our own.
In partnership with two friends in Denver (Dave Runyon at CityUnite and Jason Janz at CrossPurpose), we launched SharetheStimulus.org, an effort to encourage generosity during this challenging time.
If you’re one of the 80 million Americans receiving a stimulus check over the next several weeks, would you consider joining us?
The idea is simple:
1. Make a pledge to give a portion of your stimulus check to either a favorite charity or to a person in need. It could be 50% (what my family chose), 100% or 25%. (Also, this website does not collect donations, but simply encourages you to be generous toward the charities and people you care most about.)
2. Give generously and creatively. Have fun with it! We’ve heard stories ranging from quarantine bingo to dropping off frozen meals to neighbors.
3. Share the story. We want to hear of the creative, diverse, and fun ways you’re sharing your stimulus check with your community.
Thanks for considering this opportunity with us. The antidote to the anxiety and economic uncertainty we all feel is joyful giving. I hope you’ll join us in giving to the people and charities in need in Colorado. Indeed, joy is the final and best reason to give.
Not sure where to give to or what charities to support? Here’s a list of nonprofits along the front range that are serving the spiritual, economic, and social needs of Coloradans.
Don’t see your favorite Colorado charity on here? Send us an email and we’ll add it to the list.
Jeff Haanen is a writer and entrepreneur. He founded Denver Institute for Faith & Work, a community of conveners, teachers and learners offering experiences and educational resources on the gospel, work, and community renewal. He is the author of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: Finding God’s Purpose for the Next Season of Life and an upcoming two-book series on spiritual formation, vocation, and the working class for Intervarsity Press. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Denver and attends Wellspring Church in Englewood, Colorado.