Meet VING: National Giving Movement Asks Teens "If You Had $1,000 To Give To A Person In Need, Who Would You VING It To?"

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"giVING, receiVING, belieVING… There's a little VING in everything."

VING Project is so much bigger than the amount of money given. It’s a person-to-person transformative experience that has a lasting impact on both the youth who is giving and the person receiving.

VING Project is inspiring the next generation of giving by gi-VING teens the opportunity to answer the VING question: "If you had $1,000 to give to a person in need, who would you VING it to?" Applications are now open to students 14-18 from across the country who are interested in joining in on this first-of-its-kind national movement to empower teens to help others.

VING is providing youth the experience of giving financially to someone in need with the aim of igniting a spirit of giving for years to come. “VING Project is so much bigger than the amount of money given,” said VING Director Jill McClain. “It’s a person-to-person transformative experience that has a lasting impact on both the youth who is giving and the person receiving.”

Social media is another component setting this giving movement apart from traditional philanthropy initiatives. Students apply to VING by first sharing a 60-second video that states their case for who in their life is in need of $1,000 and why they would like to give. Each month, the applicants behind the most inspiring videos will get the chance to do just that: Be the giver of $1,000 to a person in need. Additionally, surprise delivery moments will be documented with video and shared online in an effort to further inspire acts of generosity and kindness.

“There are many opportunities out there for young people today to give their time and their talents,” said McClain. “There is no doubt that both are extremely important. However, generally speaking, young people are not expected to give monetarily until much later in life. That’s what makes the VING question unexpected and exciting.”

Students who deliver VING checks receive nothing throughout this process other than the chance to give. “So often we ask, ‘What’s in it for me?’ but VING Project is completely different,” said McClain. “The incentive for the giver isn’t a tangible thing. It’s about the pure experience of helping someone else with his or her needs.”

Last month, eight Chicago-area students became the first youths to deliver VING checks. Each student had the life-changing and life-giving chance to hand deliver a check for $1,000 to someone in his or her life who was facing a need. These emotional and heart-warming delivery moments can be viewed at http://www.VINGProject.org/get-involved.

VING Project is a not-for-profit organization. For more information, please visit: http://www.VINGproject.org.
Media contact: Jill McClain, Jill(AT)VINGproject.org

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