I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving. While our attention now turns to holiday shopping — and I know you’ll join me in shopping local again this year! — we shouldn’t forget how difficult this season can be for many people and families who are in need. Our office’s mission is to break down the barriers that prevent people in our city from living the lives they want, but we obviously can’t do it alone. The tireless hard work and support of our local non-profit community is essential to the health, safety, education, and happiness of many, many Chattanoogans.
That’s why I’m proud to take part in CHAGives, Chattanooga’s city-wide #GivingTuesday campaign. This year, we’re celebrating CHAGives on Tuesday, November 27 with a pop-up party at Waterhouse Pavilion from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Together, we’re going to try to raise $750,000 for more than 200 participating non-profit organizations. I hope to see you at the pop-up party tomorrow, and please check out CHAGives.org for more information.
When you put a roof over someone’s head, you also put a foundation under their feet.
Safe, stable, affordable housing throughout Chattanooga remains one of our community’s most pressing needs. Our new Interagency Council on Homelessness has been working closely with our community partners for months on a new strategic plan to guide our collective efforts to eliminate homelessness in Chattanooga for good. They’ll be presenting a draft of this plan next week, and I look forward to sharing more details about it with you soon. You can also sign up at Connect.Chattanooga.gov/cich/ to hear more about our plans.
Another big Chattanooga holiday tradition happens on Saturday — Mainx24. This 24-hour long celebration of Main Street and the Southside neighborhood has been getting bigger, louder, and more fun for eleven straight years, and I invite you to check out the full schedule to see everything that will be going on. I’ll be dropping by the Pancake Breakfast and Toy Drive at Chattanooga Fire Station #1 before joining the parade.
In a city of creators, we make our own fun and our own futures. Thanks to you for doing both.
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