End-of-year giving is a big deal for most nonprofits, and SCAN is no different. Many organizations depend upon giving at the close of the calendar year for most of their total individual donations. But we also know that this time of year — especially in our current economy — can be stressful for families dealing with financial challenges. So we’ve come up with some quick and easy ways to support SCAN over the next few weeks.

We hope you’ll consider why an investment like this will make a long-term impact on our community, long after the holiday season is over:

1. Give 12 by 2012. We can’t stress enough that EVERY donation of ANY amount will make a difference. Just $12 can put educational materials in the hands of 12 parents. $112 provides a healthy meal for 20 families at one of our Parenting Classes. Our goal is to raise $12,000 by January 12, 2012. Click here to “GIVE 12 BY 2012”!

2. Shop from SCAN’s Holiday Wish List. From glue sticks to grocery gift cards, we welcome even the smallest of donations. They DO make a different to the volunteers and families involved in our programs. Print out the list here and keep it with you — most items are easy to pick up the next time you’re at the store!

3. Buy a “Gift that Gives Hope” online. We’ve partnered with the local Gifts that Give Hope organization, which means you can purchase a “gift” for SCAN (supplies for a Children’s Program or a month of support for a CASA volunteer, for example) to honor someone on your shopping list. But shopping must be done online by December 18th, so visit the website soon!

We are so grateful for the hundreds of supporters and volunteers who take time from their busy lives and funds from their own budgets to make our programs possible.

Every child and family we touch (more than 1,200 last year alone!) is because of you. We hope you’ll help us in any way you can to do even more in 2012.

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