In 2015, Road Scholar created Caregiver Grants in response to the many participants who are serving as caregivers to their loved ones. On Giving Tuesday, our goal is to raise $15,000 to create 10 Caregiver Grants for participants who truly need a time of respite and rejuvenation with other learners.
The Spirit of Giving Tuesday
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, Giving Tuesday emerges as a beacon of light, reminding us of the power we possess to make a positive impact. Founded in 2012 as a response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday has been adopted by more than 150 countries and has generated an estimated $2 billion in donations for charitable causes. Falling on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, this global day of generosity has encouraged people to support education, healthcare, environmental conservation and other areas of need.
The Unsung Heroes: Caregivers
Amidst the myriad of causes deserving attention, one group that often goes unnoticed but plays a vital role in our society is caregivers. More than 48 million Americans are currently serving as caregivers, and dedicate their time, energy, and hearts to providing care and support to loved ones facing health challenges.
Caregiving is a labor of love, but it comes with its own set of challenges. The physical, emotional, and financial toll on caregivers can be immense. Recognizing the importance of their role, many organizations and initiatives have emerged to offer a helping hand to these dedicated individuals.
Caregiver Grants: A Ray of Hope
Road Scholar’s Caregiver Grants stand as a beacon of hope, offering financial assistance to those who selflessly devote themselves to the well-being of others. These grants offer caregivers an award of $1,500 to attend a Road Scholar learning adventure in the U.S., enabling them to enjoy a time of respite from their daily lives and an opportunity to learn and engage with their peers.
How You Can Make a Difference
Donate: Your support of Road Scholar’s Caregiver Grants can provide much-needed support to those on the front lines of caregiving.
Spread Awareness: Use the power of your voice and social media to raise awareness about the challenges caregivers face. Advocate for policies that support and recognize the crucial role of caregivers in our communities. Share the word of Road Scholar’s Caregiver Grants with caregivers you know who may be in need of a time of rest and rejuvenation.
Volunteer: Giving Tuesday isn’t just focused on monetary donations — gifts of time and skill can also be an incredible help to charities and non-profit organizations. Maybe you can help a local caregiver by offering to pick up groceries, do some errands or any other things that might help to lighten their load.
Educate Yourself: Take the time to educate yourself and others about the realities of caregiving. Understanding the challenges faced by caregivers fosters empathy and a deeper appreciation for their contributions.
Support Road Scholar Caregiver Grants
Whether it’s on Giving Tuesday or any time throughout the year, your support means everything to us. When you make a difference for caregivers today, know that the effects of your gift can impact their lives — and their loved ones — with an opportunity for respite and rejuvenation.