This year, Housing Assistance is kicking off its 18th Annual Telethon for Hope with the 12 Days of Giving campaign, providing multiple opportunities for people to help their neighbors with housing this holiday season.

The easiest way for people to make an impact is by donating to Housing Assistance or one of the volunteer fundraising teams already listed at www.telethonforhope.org. All funds raised will go to support Housing Assistance’s programs which prevent homelessness, stabilize housing, and empower households to achieve self-sufficiency and move toward homeownership in this region.

With 30 people and seven fundraising teams having already registered, Housing Assistance is working toward its $100,000 fundraising goal for the telethon. There is still time for new people to sign up to become a telethon fundraiser by setting up a simple online form they can share with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. Registering to become a fundraiser is also done at www.telethonforhope.org.

Starting Monday, November 29, on Housing Assistance’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/haconcapecod), the organization will highlight the impact that giving has on addressing the region’s housing crisis and share video interviews from regional leaders about why the need for safe, stable housing is critical to strengthening families, neighborhoods, and the Cape community.

The event will conclude with a live broadcast on Friday, December 10, at 6 PM on Housing Assistance’s YouTube channel and on local cable access channels 98 and 99.

Housing Assistance is offering three ways for people to get involved in this year’s telethon—Give 12, Ask 12, and Share 12.

• Give 12—By giving a one-time donation of $12, people can make a real difference for real people in our community. That small amount can make a huge difference by getting a homeless individual to a critical service appointment. People can make an even greater impact by giving a recurring monthly donation of $12 ($144 annually) which will secure a night of shelter for a homeless mother and her child.

• Share 12—Once people have donated to this year’s telethon, they can raise awareness to the need for safe, stable housing on Cape Cod and the islands, by sharing their commitment to Housing Assistance’s work on social media with 12 friends and using the hashtag #HACTelethon21.

• Ask 12—Anyone who registers as a Telethon for Hope fundraiser is encouraged to ask at least 12 of their friends, family members, or colleagues to support them in their fundraising endeavors.

There are incentives for fundraisers who reach certain thresholds, including a Telethon for Hope commemorative pin and a Telethon for Hope Santa hat, as well as a traveling trophy for the Top Individual Fundraiser and Top Team Fundraiser.

The event is a team-building event for community groups, school groups, faith-based organizations, and businesses that want to embrace the spirit of the holiday season. Among teams already registered are ones from Mid-Cape Home Centers, First Citizens Federal Credit Union, and friends of Housing Assistance Board member Ronald Winner of Hyannis.

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