“Please join us to celebrate this generous, inclusive place we all call home while raising funds to support local tech initiatives for refugee youth. At this turbulent moment in our nation’s history, let us unite around humanity and choose compassion.”
Usually, Tuesday is the least anticipated day of the week, post-Monday blues but not far enough into the 7-day stretch to start dreaming of the weekend. If we’re dead honest with ourselves, we realize that the vast majority of Tuesdays are quite forgettable. Usually….
This apathetic attitude changes with the celebration of Giving Tuesday on November 29. In Utah, Cotopaxi and The Wonderment have come together to create a Giving Tuesday event that focuses on promoting inclusive communities within our state. This comes in the form of a community art crawl through downtown SLC, where people will exchange $20 donations for flags that can then be decorated at a myriad of art booths spread throughout the street. Flags will be hung across the Regent Street alley and following the event, will be stitched into a community quilt that will be displayed at The Leonardo.
“Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving focused on the power of community to affect positive change,” said Lindsey Kneuven, Chief Impact Officer at Cotopaxi. “Last year, Giving Tuesday campaigns around the world raised over $116M online across 70 countries — a remarkable accomplishment. This year, Cotopaxi and The Wonderment have come together for Giving Tuesday to celebrate the beauty of Utah with an event called This Is Home. Please join us to celebrate this generous, inclusive place we all call home while raising funds to support local tech initiatives for refugee youth. At this turbulent moment in our nation’s history, let us unite around humanity and choose compassion.”
All proceeds generated will be given to refugee youth programs in Utah. Two of these programs you may have heard of: the Global Good Project, a Cotopaxi-inspired volunteer coding initiative that pairs tech companies with refugees who are interested in learning about computer science; and The Wonderment Community Maker Bus, a converted school bus that refugee kids can use as a mobile center to access technology they otherwise couldn’t.
In addition to the charitable aspect, the event will feature a concert from CLASSIXX, food trucks, IRC Spice Kitchen entrepreneurs, and 20 artists who will be creating pieces that represent their memories of home. Festivities will start at 5 pm at Cotopaxi headquarters (74 S Main St, SLC) and will continue until 8:30 in the surrounding areas. You can find the entire plan here.