If you’re not completely clear on what Giving Tuesday is, it’s essentially a day that commemorates giving as opposed to consumerism and is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, directly on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. To learn more, visit here.
This year, Giving Tuesday will fall on December 1, 2020 and as the global landscape has been affected by the unprecedented impact of Covid-19, there are no doubt several ways to give. On Hatteras Island specifically, below are just a few of the island’s non-profits and charitable organizations that could undoubtedly use your help.
CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS ON HATTERAS ISLAND
CHSS Booster Club
The Cape Hatteras Secondary School Booster Club is a volunteer, non-profit organization that dedicates its resources to support the athletes of CHSS with supplemental equipment and assistance not otherwise provided. They also support coaches, teachers and students as needs and opportunities arise throughout the school year.
The Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF) supports the educational needs of elementary and secondary school students on Hatteras Island by providing funding for equipment, materials and experiences that would otherwise not be available to these students through public funding. Teachers have an opportunity twice a year to submit their applications for funding. The Board of Directors consists of community members who volunteer their time to review grant applications and support annual HIYEF fundraising events established to keep the fund sustainable. Be sure to join us at this year's virtual Surfin' Turkey 5K taking place November 26-November 29, 2020!
Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station
“The Chicamacomico Historical Association is the steward of the place, artifacts and history of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Coast Guard Station. The VISION of the Association is to forever preserve and present the history of Chicamacomico and commemorate its valiant heroes. The MISSION of the Association is to preserve the historic Chicamacomico site and tell its unique story. The Chicamacomico Historical Association is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to restore, preserve and interpret the buildings and history of Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, as well as the U.S. Life-Saving Service and its successor, the U.S. Coast Guard on the Outer Banks. The Association owns and operates the museum site and the museum shop and raises its own funds. 100% of all admission fees, gift shop purchases, memberships, and donations go directly to the preservation, restoration, and operation of this historic site.”
United Methodist Men
Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men provided over 40 years of service to the Hatteras Island community. The organization runs a food pantry out of Buxton United Methodist Church and provides an emergency assistance program as well.
Hatteras Island Food Pantry
Hatteras Island Food Pantry is run by the United Methodist Men out of the Buxton United Methodist Church. This outreach program tries to meet the needs of the community, especially through the winter months, which are the period of greatest demand in the resort area economy of Hatteras Island, where the majority of the residents’ income is acquired during the summer and shoulder seasons. In addition to monetary donations, they also accept non-perishable donations, for which every Midgett Realty office is a drop-off location.
Hatteras Island Youth Baseball League
Hatteras Island Youth Baseball League is an independent baseball league formed to support the growth and early athletic abilities of the youth of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands through the learning of character, courtesy and sportsmanship.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
This maritime museum located in Hatteras Village offers year-round programming for residents and visitors of all ages. With a variety of exhibits honoring the Graveyard of the Atlantic, this is one the island’s most treasured historical attractions.
Hatteras Island Ocean Center
The Hatteras Island Ocean Center is a 501(c)(3) community effort sustained by the generous help of its volunteers, contributors and supporters. Their mission is to “revitalize Hatteras Island economically in a way that is sustainable, without changing the basic character of the area, thereby making Hatteras Island a better place to live and visit.”
Hatteras Village Civic Association
The HVCA consists of an appointed Board of Directors and is dedicated to preserving the charm of Hatteras Village. Hosting a myriad of events such as the annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade, the Hatteras Village Offshore Open, The Storytelling Festival, their weekly Fish Fry and more, they also work tirelessly on development projects such as sidewalks through the Scenic Byway and the Hatteras Village Park.
Outer Banks Forever
The mission of Outer Banks Forever is "the official non-profit fundraising partner of the three national parks of the Outer Banks (Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial), helping to protect these special places through public engagement, programming, and project support." Their vision? "With your support, Outer Banks Forever will ensure that future generations can continue to learn, grow, and create memories here in the Outer Banks through history, conservation, and the celebration of innovation. Together, we will support the Outer Banks national parks by engaging current and future visitors through philanthropy, education, volunteerism, and partnerships."