Vote for the non-profit you want featured on AOL.com this #GivingTuesday: Week 1
Check out the Week 2 contestants here.
November has two days devoted shopping -- Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- and a day for giving thanks, but until recently, there was no day for giving back.
That is where the 92nd Street Y stepped in to create #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, people around the world will come together for one common purpose -- to celebrate generosity and support noble causes.
AOL is helping highlight these efforts by giving our readers a chance to promote different charities and put a spotlight on their efforts.
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Over the course of the month leading up to #GivingTueday, AOL.com will feature several charities each week and allow visitors to vote for the organization they want featured on AOL.com.
The group with the most votes each week will appear on the site again in late November, and the one with overall most votes will ultimately be promoted on AOL.com during Giving Tuesday.
Do your part and vote to raise awareness for charities that mean the most to you. All it takes is one click.
To learn more about this week's five groups, scroll below the poll for more information.
WEEK 1 ORGANIZATIONS:
Girl Up is the United Nations Foundation's adolescent girl campaign, engaging girls to take action. Led by a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates raising awareness and funds, their efforts help the girls living in remote places where it's often hardest to be young and female. The organization works to ensure that adolescent girls can go to school, see doctors, participate in their communities, and live free from violence. Girl Up believes that investing in girls is necessary to end poverty, strengthen communities, and build a more just and peaceful world.
Goodwill supports the needs of all job seekers, facilitating programs for youth, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, criminal backgrounds and other specialized needs. This organization helps people reach their full potential through educational opportunities, skills training and the power of work. Last year, Goodwill helped more than 26.4 million people train for careers in industries such as banking, IT and health care — and provided the support services to set them up for success.
Teach For America:
Teach For America (TFA) enlists, develops and mobilizes many of our nation's most promising future leaders, helping them to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. With one in three US children not graduating high school and only 9 percent of American children receiving bachelor's degrees by age 25, TFA trains talented individuals to become teachers in low-income communities, increasing the opportunities available to their students.
Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The nonprofit serves over 46 million Americans in need each year, supporting virtually every community in the United States through a nationwide network of food banks and meal programs. In the U.S. today, one in five kids faces hunger -- that's more than 15 million kids across the country. Feeding America works with advocates, corporate partners and individual supporters to help end hunger in the United States.
Hire Heroes USA:
Hire Heroes USA works to transform excellence in military service into civilian success. This organization empowers U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the workforce beyond the battlefield, providing personalized career coaching and dedicated assistance to help each veteran overcome barriers to employment. An estimated one million men and women are expected to leave the military and transition to the civilian workforce in the next four years; this organization seeks to ensure they are all employed.
Learn more about the Week 1 organizations on their websites:
UN Foundation Girl Up
Teach For America
Hire Heroes USA