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Explorit: Ready for the Big Day of Giving

By From page A4 | May 02, 2014

The clock is ticking, counting down to midnight on Tuesday, when Explorit and nearly 400 other nonprofit organizations in the Sacramento region will come together for a 24-hour celebration of charitable giving and the wonderful work nonprofits are doing in our community.

Through the GiveLocalNow campaign, online donations made to Explorit during this Big Day of Giving will be added to through a pool of matching dollars, making every gift go even further.

GiveLocalNow is the Sacramento area’s branch of the national GiveLocalAmerica initiative, encouraging donors large and small to give in their local communities with the slogan “Give where your heart is.” GiveLocalNow has recruited a number of local businesses and organizations to contribute to a matching fund that will enhance gifts to Explorit and other participating organizations on Tuesday. You can learn more about GiveLocalNow at www.givelocalnow.org.

Explorit is delighted to once again participate in the Big Day of Giving. Since its inception in 1982, Explorit has been focused on engaging people of all ages in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning through hands-on, minds-on activities. We do this by providing opportunities for hands-on exploration to about 55,000 people in 17 Northern California counties each year through mobile and on-site programs that connect science to everyday life.

Much of the support for these programs and the museums exhibitions come from generous donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. And on Tuesday, your gift to Explorit can go even further. Go to www.bigdayofgiving.org/#leaderboard and select Explorit. The giving period opens right at midnight and is open only for 24 hours.

Explorit also will be eligible to win prizes from GiveLocalNow throughout the Big Day of Giving. Prizes will be awarded to the first and last organizations to receive a donation, to the organizations that raise the most money during different hours of the day, and more fun challenges. So have some fun with your giving and check out www.bigdayofgiving.org/#leaderboard to see the full list of prizes that will be awarded.

Although Explorit has partially weathered the steep economic downturn over the past five years by readjusting programs and staffing, we are still in desperate need of continued and sustaining financial support. Taking part in GiveLocalNow’s Big Day of Giving on Tuesday is a great way to make your dollars go even further and help Explorit attain this goal of financial support. With matching funds and prizes, your donation can make a huge difference!

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Explorit’s coming events

* Explorit’s “Beautiful World: Science and Art” exhibition is open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday. Admission is $5 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free.

* Birthday parties are back at Explorit. Call 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.

* Summer Science Camp is coming; registration is open now. Visit www.explorit.org for more information or to register.

— Explorit Science Center is at 3141 Fifth St. For information, call 530-756-0191, visit www.explorit.org or “like” Explorit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

Lisa Justice

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