Going Places' mission is to provide disadvantaged kids with their most basic childhood right- A right to Joy.
Numerous organizations focus on providing the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter, yet one thing often overlooked for children is their social-emotional need for Joy. For many kids living in poverty, it is when they get home from school that the real stress begins. So why a bike?
These kids can live in less-than-desirable and unpredictable circumstances and a bike provides them with a sense of freedom and escape. It also builds self-worth by being the first item of value they can call their own. A bike can restore the innocence of childhood that many have had taken away.
A person may have all of the basic "needs" in life, but what kind of life is one without Joy? What kind of adult will a child grow up to be if they have lacked Joy?
What is Going Places' #GivingTuesday Gives Back Campaign All About?
On Giving Tuesday, Going Places doesn't want to just "take," we want to GIVE too!
Going Places’ #GivingTuesday Gives Back Campaign stems from our "give a surprise. give joy." program where we partner with local businesses to provide their product as a gift of Joy for the ENTIRE staff at the title 1 elementary schools. The littlest bit of Joy can really shift someone’s day.
Through this campaign, 5 local influential people will fundraiser for the entire month of November, and then THEY will be partnered with a local business and go to an assigned school on Giving Tuesday to deliver a gift to joy to EVERY staff member! Because of them, we get to support 2 programs!