Special to the
Opelika Observer

The Community Foundation of East Alabama has selected 12 nonprofit organizations to highlight for its “2nd Annual Opelika Giving Day” to be held on June 3. The foundation’s event is designed to spotlight Opelika’s nonprofits that work to serve and improve the community.

“Opelika Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising challenge based online which provides a safe and easy way for participants to give their support,” said Todd Rauch, the foundation’s vice president.

Following are the selected nonprofit organizations:

– The Arts Association of East Alabama

– Circles of Opelika

– Creekline Trails of Opelika

– The Community Foundation of East Alabama

– Flags for Vets

– Haddie’s

– L.E.A.P.S.

– O-Grows

– Opelika Bicycle Advisory Committee

– Opelika Main Street

– Friends of Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park

– The Knee High Foundation

In the weeks leading up to Opelika Giving Day, posts, updates, and informational stories will be shared on the Opelika Giving Day website, Facebook and Instagram pages for potential donors to become familiar with the partnering organizations and their projects. On June 3, donors can visit the site within the 24-hour period to donate and track the progress of the organizations and their projects. Last year, Opelika Giving Day spotlighted 10 nonprofits, and helped raise more than $30,000 for the organizations.

After Opelika Giving Day is over, the foundation encourages participants to remain engaged with the organizations and the projects they helped support to inspire a new culture of giving within our community.

“We can’t forget that nonprofit organizations in Opelika have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 crisis,” Rauch said. “I hope we can come together as a community on June 3 and shine a spotlight on 12 amazing organizations that are making a difference in the Opelika Community.”

For more information, visit www.opelikagivingday.org or send email to info@opelikagivingday.org.

About the Community Foundation of East Alabama:

The Community Foundation of East Alabama was incorporated in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. As a local center for philanthropy, the foundation works with individuals, families, corporations, private foundations and nonprofit organizations to help them carry out their charitable objectives and address emerging community issues.Donors to the Community Foundation also benefit from the Foundation’s combined assets which greatly reduce investment and administrative fees. Their five-county region includes Lee, Chambers, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa counties.

The Community Foundation is administered by a governing body of East Alabama citizens committed to building a vibrant community foundation. Through the generosity of people in East Alabama, the community foundation will continue to grow. Through grant making, the foundation looks forward to a brighter future by giving back to the place called home. Visit www.cfeastalabama.org for additional information.