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OUR OPINION: Starting at midnight you can spend wisely at and help build a stronger community

Do you need information about quality in-home and community-based services for older adults in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties?

How about helping children and teens keep up their studies, building on their academic potential after school and during the summer?

Know an immigrant who is in need of legal services?

Looking to help a parent or grandparent fight heart disease in Broward County?

What about nurturing love for the arts so that those who can’t afford to see an orchestra can be treated to a performance?

These are among the services provided by nonprofits in South Florida. Whether it’s the Alliance for Aging, the Academic Achievers Institute, the American Children’s Orchestras for Peace, Amigos for Kids, the American Friends Committee, the American Heart Association, Actors’ Playhouse or the Alhambra Orchestra, there are hundreds of community organizations and national groups, small and big, contributing to South Florida’s well-being in the arts, health, civil rights and justice. In this season of giving, you have an opportunity to “pay it forward” in ways that can revitalize our community as the economy strengthens.

One way to step up is through The Miami Foundation, which has launched a unique online event called Give Miami Day. At the end of Tuesday, starting at midnight Wednesday for 24 hours, you can click on and find the nonprofits and charities of your choice to help key groups in greater Miami. There’s plenty to pick from: 241 online pages in all, listing the organizations that hundreds of thousands count on throughout the year for help.

With just a few clicks, enter your debit or credit card information at the secure site and you can give to as many groups as you want. And get this: Every online donation between $25 and $10,000 will be matched by a percentage by The Miami Foundation.




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