Ahead of Giving Tuesday, State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst), is encouraging Illinois residents to help spread good cheer and share in their good fortune this holiday season.
“We’ve just spent the last week thinking about how appreciative we are of what we have and how thankful we are. The unfortunate reality is that continues to be easier for some than for others,” Rep. Mazzochi said.
Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation as a day that encourages people to do good. It’s a chance for local nonprofits to help increase their visibility and solicit donations.
“Ever since lawmakers raised their salaries in 2019 I have donated the additional portion of my salary to local charities I know that are personally doing great things for our shared community.”
Rep. Mazzochi has for years objected to legislators increasing their own pay and pensions while “people are facing job loss and are getting squeezed by price increases.” Mazzochi has introduced legislation to end legislative pay increases, and has refused any legislative pension. “Springfield Democrats continue to allow these pay increases on party-line votes. I encourage all of these lawmakers to direct these extra funds to the many local charities who are doing real work on the ground to help the most vulnerable in our communities.” Rep. Mazzochi has donated most recent salary increases to Trinity Services, Elmhurst Walk in Assistance Network (EWAN), Project H.O.O.D, and the People’s Resource Center (PRC). Trinity Services help those with disabilities gain access to residential living options, employment programs, behavioral health programs, and more. EWAN offers emergency assistance to those who suddenly find themselves in a difficult financial position. Project H.O.O.D. aims to help curb violence in inner-city neighborhoods through job and skills development, and giving the next generation options to pursue their goals. The PRC in Westmont is truly a one-stop shop for the community, providing food, financial services, and job search resources to those in need.
Rep. Mazzochi went on to say that, “while these are great local nonprofits I’ve highlighted; I recognize everyone has different causes that are dear to them or they might not be able to give financially. I just want to encourage everyone to give back a little this holiday season in any way that they can, even if it’s a small, personal gesture from one to another. As Giving Tuesday proffers, ‘everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts.’ Spread smiles and good cheer wherever you can this holiday season. You’ll feel better and if we all take this to heart, everyone benefits.”