The Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation will be celebrating #GivingTuesday by joining thousands of organizations around the world in the global generosity movement on Dec. 1.

The movement was first launched eight years ago in 2012 with the simple goal of encouraging people to do good and give back to their communities. Currently, the movement has evolved into an international phenomenon that inspires millions of people to give back, collaborate and celebrate generosity in their own way. 

Because generosity is subjective, it can be demonstrated in many ways; whether it is helping a stranger out, showing up for issues we care about, or giving to a cause important to the overall wellbeing of our community; every act of generosity counts. 

In this season of giving, the foundation invites the public to help them celebrate #GivingTuesday by supporting the students of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC).

They have set a goal of raising $20,000 for scholarships for local students taking workforce training classes in courses such as welding and HVAC as well as for students enrolled in degree programs like nursing and business administration.

“Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity for everyone to come together and support each other in causes that are vital to our hometown. Making a small gift to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation will directly impact the individuals in our community who are trying to make a positive change in their life by pursuing higher education and training. That one small change can eventually lead to bigger positive outcomes that affect all of us,” said Tom Raab, town manager of South Boston and board of trustee for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.

If anyone is interested in creating a scholarship In Honor or In Memory of a loved one, the foundation encourages he or she to reach out to them as they would love the opportunity to discuss the infinite number of possibilities of how an individual can pay tribute to them. 

There also are numerous other ways for individuals to contribute to pre-existing scholarship funds. Remember, no gift is too small to make a significant impact on someone’s life. 

To join the movement and to make a charitable end of the year gift, visit svhef.org and click on Give Now. For more information on how the gift will benefit friends and neighbors, email svhefinfo.org or call 434-572-5448.