Please support L.E.A.P. on Giving Tuesday!

Please consider supporting L.E.A.P. on Giving Tuesday.

This year, Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  L.E.AP.’s theme for Giving Tuesday this year is “L.E.A.P. More Than Ever!”

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. This year, on Giving Tuesday, our most vulnerable community members in Washington County are now at increased risk, and we’d like to ask you to please consider supporting L.E.A.P. with a tax-deductible monetary donation. We need your help more than ever.

Please consider the following:

· We have continued to see an increase in usage of the Emergency Food Pantry, even in the past three months. In August we served 238 individuals, in September 254, and October 399, including 38 NEW households that month.

· Our Annual Winter Coat Drive continues this year, but our grant funding does not currently cover the additional costs associated with the updated collection, handling, and cleaning fees associated with the pandemic.

· Head Start meals can no longer be served family-style, so meals for the children are plated individually and served on disposable plates with disposable utensils, which adds additional cost.

· The Washington County Fair has always been essential to us in terms of outreach about L.E.A.P. and our services. Since most events were canceled over the past nine months, our staff was challenged to discover other ways to ensure that members of the community knew about the programs and services that are here to assist them. We invested additional money and resources in radio spots, newspaper ads, lawn signs, and other publicity to ensure that we could reach as many people as possible under these challenging new circumstances.

L.E.A.P. staff work here because of their deep desire to make a difference. Each day, they put their own problems and fears aside and go above and beyond to serve the members of this community. In April, our Executive Director Traci Ross began sending out agency-wide emails on Fridays with the subject: “L.E.A.P. More Than Ever!”

On the L.E.A.P. Facebook page, in the days leading up to Giving Tuesday, we have been sharing some comments from our staff members and others about why L.E.A.P. is important to them.

#givingtuesday2020 #grateful #leapmorethanever #GivingTuesday

Over the past nine months, we have truly been “L.E.A.P. More Than Ever!” We have continued to do what we do best – assist families and individuals toward self-sufficiency.

Now we need YOU more than ever!

Please consider donating to L.E.A.P. on Giving Tuesday.  Any amount, from $5 to $500 to $5,000 would be so gratefully appreciated. You can send a check made out to L.E.A.P. to 383 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828, or donate online at www.leapservices.org/donate