You’ll have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what is #GivingTuesday? Well, after two days of spending madness, Giving Tuesday is an international day dedicated to giving back to society. But what can you give? Donating money is often the first thing that comes to mind, but you can also give your time (volunteering), share your skills or donate items.

The LSE Volunteer Centre and LSESU RAG are bringing #GivingTuesday to you, here at LSE. It’s a day for the LSE community to come together to donate their time and money, and use their voices to help causes they’re passionate about. So, how can you get involved? 

  1. Micro-volunteering: The LSE Volunteer Centre will be outside SAW all day so you can channel your creative side into making Christmas cards to decorated the wards at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, down the road. Your Student Volunteering Ambassadors will be present, ready to help you give some of your time back to our local community.
  2. Chat with a charity: We’ll be welcoming the Literacy Pirates and, LSESU RAG local charity of the year, The Felix Project. Both charities work around London and are in need of volunteers to give their time for their work. 
  3. Donate your spare coins: LSESU RAG will be collecting your spare coins to fundraise for their charities this year. Check out who you chose for this year’s Raising and Giving here.
  4. Join in the discussion: At lunch time, we’ll be discussing the way we think about charity after viewing Dan Pallota’s TED Talk: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong. Bring your lunch and join in the discussion.
  5. Donate your clothes: We’ll be launching a clothes drive, in partnership with LSE Power, to collect professional clothes for Smart Works and Suited and Booted. They both work with unemployed men and women to help them be interview ready, through wardrobe help and coaching. You’ll be able to find the boxes in the reception of SAW, next to the welcome desk. What do they need?
    1. Smart Works: High quality women’s clothes and accessories that are appropriate for interviews. All sizes welcome, but particularly size 16 and upwards (especially flat shoes and handbags).
    2. Suited and Booted: Men’s shoes, cuff-links, new socks, coats, scarves/gloves, hats, unopened toiletries, suit bags, belts and pocket squares, all appropriate for interviews.

With so many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday, there’s no excuse not to! Join us on Tuesday 3 December to give back this year.