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PEACE Zone Initiates EVANSVILLE Mayor’s #GivingTuesday Proclamation

Seeing an opportunity to partner with the City of Evansville’s Mayor’s Office and promote the spirit of generosity and giving during the holiday season, PEACE Zone, a Mental Health Recovery Center in Evansville, initiated the Mayoral Proclamation to benefit all nonprofits in the City of Evansville.

#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year, November 28, 2017, to kick off the holiday giving season and to inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities and to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support.

Evansville’s mayor recognizes the importance of the communities role in the #GivingTuesday movement that has become a global day of giving encouraging philanthropy and celebrating generosity worldwide.

Executive Director, Mark Funkhouser and PEACE Zone Program Coordinator, Kristen King set out with a desire to help make history by becoming #GivingTuesday Ambassadors for their city, helping to establish it as a national day of giving and celebrating an important day when charities, businesses, families, community centers, students, peers, retailers and more will all come together to encouraging more, smarter and better giving during the holiday season and they are proud to be part of that.

In 2016, the fifth year of GivingTuesday, millions of people in 98 countries came together to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $177 million was raised online to benefit a broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food, clothing, and acts of kindness, demonstrating how every act of generosity counts. People everywhere are encouraged to “do what they can…” thus PEACE Zone’s Annual Giving Tuesday Campaign has been named “#GivingTuesday GivingYOUsDay: Do What You Can Movement”.

PEACE Zone(PZ) is a nonprofit organization and Peer-Run Recovery Center for individuals age 18 and over suffering from mental health issues. PZ offers a variety of programs and support groups, art’s empowerment, community education forums, weekly hospital outreach, a peer-mentoring program, computer lab with computer basics education and an indoor walking track. “We were originally funded by Department of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), however, due to large funding cuts, we have to rely heavily on donations from our community and supporters and we consistently fall short of funds needed in order to maintain what we currently do have”, states Program Coordinator, Kristen King. “Panic time is here and now for our organization and we need our community now more than ever,” says King.

“It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s Executive Director and founder of #GivingTuesday.

PEACE Zone has planned a community event celebrating the proclamation and invites other #GivingTuesday partners and local members of the press to take part as well at 5 pm, Tuesday the 28th at PEACE Zone located at 410 Mulberry Street in Evansville.