AUSTIN - After the rush of Grey Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, it’s time for something a little different.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in Giving Tuesday.
Likewise, hundreds of thousands of companies are participating – including several in Austin.
Well Aware is one non-profit Austinites can support.
"We’ve been implementing water systems for almost seven years,” said founder Sarah Evans, who sits at the helm of the international effort to save lives. “We’ve just completed our 35th water system and we’ve impacted over 140,000 lives so far."
Well Aware provides clean, lasting water systems in East Africa. Up to 60 percent of wells in Africa don’t work but 100 percent of Well Aware’s wells do. That's due to the research and community involvement that goes into each project.
"When there’s water coming out of the ground for the first time – there's shock and amazement and relief and lots and lots of tears," said Evans.
No more walking for miles. No more disease from tainted water.
"They know their lives will be different at that moment,” she said. “It’s pretty incredible."
It wouldn’t happen without dozens of volunteers abroad and in Austin.
"This has been such a beautiful, perfect place for us to launch this big initiative," Evans said.
In 2017, the non-profit is about to get even bigger, with new technology and double the water systems.
That’s why Well Aware is using Giving Tuesday to give to you.
"We’re giving away beautiful designer watches with watch bands, Well Aware T-shirts and bracelets because we want people to know about our cause," Evans said.
While donations are always put to good use, awareness is the most important thing to the company right now.
All of the giveaway information is up on Well Aware’s Facebook page.
And hey, if you can spare an Alexander Hamilton, you may be surprised to learn he’s good for more than just a Broadway hit.
"Every $10 provides clean water to someone for decades,” said Evans. “So it’s such a big impact for such a nominal investment."
To learn more about the cause, go here.
To find a company you’d like to give to, go here.
Go here for a list of all the Austin companies that are participating.