There’s a pretty good chance you took part in a good bit of decadence over the past week — perhaps you over-ate on Thanksgiving day, went wild with consumerism on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday, or you over-drank on Thanksgiving Eve.
Over the past couple of years, a movement has been growing in response to all this hedonism: Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a national day dedicated to giving back.
If you’re still searching for a worthy Giving Tuesday charity, I suggest taking a good look at Voices from War.
Voices from War is a free writing workshop for veterans in the New York area that:
- Offers veterans the opportunity to express their experiences of war through writing workshops
- Builds a community among veterans that cuts across different writing levels and generations; there is much to be gained when vets who served in Iraq or Afghanistan interact with those who served decades earlier in Vietnam, Korea, and elsewhere
- Builds bridges between veterans and civilians by creating greater opportunities for dialogue about war
The program groups experienced writers with veterans seeking to write stories for themselves or a broader audience. These can be remembered, factual stories or fictitious. Finally, through public events, conversations, and publication, the program shares those stories with a general public that often feels removed from the experiences of those who have served.
If you’re interested in learning more about the program, go to:
If you’re ready to give, you can go directly to Voice from War’s donation page on Fractured Atlas:
Please share this post with veterans you know and veteran supporters.