This week, Lexington Community Foundation joined more than 700 other foundations across America. Give BIG Lexington is a community–wide giving challenge to allow donors to find, learn, and contribute to programs that support the causes in which they believe.
The story of a small town making a big difference is no mystery to Lexington, Nebraska, and it definitely is not anything new for long-time resident Julie Owens. Owens participated in the 24-hour day of giving which allowed everyone to make donations and show support for local non-profit organizations. The program brings everyone together to help raise awareness of the needs and opportunities in their community.
"With the money that's raised on a day like this...we can really go forward," said Owens.
"Together we make a difference, and it does take all of us to make things happen here," said Jackie Berke, executive director of the Lexington Community Foundation.
With donations rushing in by the minute; be it cash, check, or an online donation-- Owens says it is a moment to pay it forward, but it is also a time to receive the help that you've been looking for.
"They've been great getting us off the ground, and getting us the equipment needed. It serves to help a lot of families in this town," said Owens.
Last year, the organization raised more than $260,000 for more than 50 organizations. This year, they passed that total which will be sent to 63 local organizations.
"This is a win-win situation. It's not just the money; It's the [fact that] we are coming together and pulling together to support the causes. That's how things happen," said Berke.