Giving Tuesday: A Time for ‘Radical Generosity’

By Dennis Archambault

November is a time for gratitude. Traditionally, it is the harvest season, but it’s also a time to be thankful for what we have and the blessings that have been offered to us – even in light of misfortune. This is also a time for giving within the context of gratitude: generosity.

Good people and good organizations do good things and make the community better for it through the health and human service safety net.  Giving Tuesday was created as a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity.” Originally, it was a simple request that on this one-day people should do good. It has become a year-round movement to encourage people to practice generosity through giving of their “time, talents, and treasure” – as Alice Thompson, the chair of our Albert Schweitzer Fellowship might say.

Giving Tuesday is also an actual day – this year it’s November 28 – in which people are asked to give to the health and human services they value. We believe that we offer value through our longstanding mission to promote access to health services for all people. Within that mission we promote healthier school learning environments through mindfulness performance training, promote nutrition through healthy eating at our Ruby Cole Community kitchen, our community health workers, based in our clinics, provide an essential function in connecting the clinic with patients in the community through education and help with human needs, reinforce our physicians’ humanitarian qualities by offering an international rotation in Kenya, and most importantly, we never turn a patient away because of ability to pay.

Please consider Authority Health as you select the organization you wish to support on Giving Tuesday. Celebrate with “radical generosity” not only on November 28, but throughout the year.

Dennis Archambault is vice president of Public Affairs for Authority Health.

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