Some Watertown Organizations to Support on #GivingTuesday

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Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, kicks off the charitable giving season. This year it is Nov. 27, and if you want to give where you live here are a couple of options.

A Watertown-based organization aiming to stop child abuse, a program at the Perkins School for the Blind, and the Watertown Boys & Girls Club are seeking donations during #GivingTuesday.

Watertown Community Foundation

There is no better way to see the true impact of your donation than to give where you live. We hope you’ll think of the Watertown Community Foundation on #GivingTuesday.

We ask you to consider an extra special 15th Anniversary gift to make a local impact every single day of the year.

Since WCF was established in 2003, we have distributed over $630,000 in grants to programs and organizations that help make Watertown a great community. Some of the areas where WCF grants go are:

  • Grants for educational programs including art classes for low-income children, adult literacy programs, and educational support for Watertown residents with disabilities
  • Grants for health programs including delivery of nutritious meals to housebound people, respite for caregivers of family members with dementia, and public school and community gardens
  • Emergency assistance for families in crisis
  • Block parties to promote community-building and local philanthropy
  • Revitalization of our riverfront

Donate by clicking here.

Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents (PHP) of Massachusetts is joining the global day of giving movement – #GivingTuesday – by appealing to the community for donations to support the organization’s programming, services and volunteerism efforts, according to an announcement from Parents Helping Parents.

PHP, one of the smallest social services agencies in the state, is breaking the cycle of
child abuse by empowering mothers and fathers to nurture their children and build
stronger families through parent support group meetings, training and a Parental Stress Line: 1-800-632-8188. PHP enables parents to get the help they need to raise children in safe and loving homes..

“We believe in parents creating a personal toolbox of useful skills in a strength-based approach, and that asking for help, by telephone or in person is validation enough that we must continue this work,” said PHP Executive Director Aisha Saunders-Jackson. “PHP helps people be the best parents and caretakers they can be by supporting and empowering them to help themselves by helping each other.”

All #GivingTuesday donations will be used to support annual funding for current and prospective programming and services, including volunteerism. PHP addresses parents’ concerns about health care, incarceration, youth, the opioid crisis, unemployment, domestic violence, immigration and cultural differences.

Find out more about Parents Helping Parents and how to donate at

Perkins School’s Assistive Device Center

Did you know we have a special workshop right here on the Perkins campus? We call it the Assistive Device Center, and it’s where our mostly volunteer engineers and builders create custom educational and fun tools for kids, Perkins School announced in a press release.

For a child who can’t grasp a book or iPad without assistance, they build a special holder. If a child has trouble pushing buttons on a toy, our team changes them to switches. For some kids whose eyes get tired in a busy classroom, our team creates a special box to block out extra stimulation.

Perkins has set a goal of raising $10,000 this #GivingTuesday to support its work for children and adults who are blind, including making the unique products in our Assistive Device Center. Click here to donate.

Watertown Boys & Girls Club

With your support, the Watertown Boys & Girls Club will continue to transform the lives of each child who walks through our doors, just as we have for the past 46 years. To help meet that mission, our building needed renovations including a new Teen Center which has brought in dozens more teens in just a few months!

Our campaign goal is $1.4 million and we still need your help to reach that goal.

Please consider donating to the Great Future Campaign for Giving Tuesday and supporting the Watertown Boys & Girls Club!

Click here to donate.

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