After the festivities of Thanksgiving, the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber-Monday’s shopping, Tuesday, November 28th is a time to slow down and participate in a new holiday – Giving Tuesday. In 2012, Giving Tuesday was created by the 92nd Y and the United Nations Foundation to combat the ever-growing rush of holiday shopping that has begun to eat away at the original concept of the holiday season.

Giving Tuesday, or better known as #GivingTuesday, was created to promote the spirit and act of giving through the use of social media sites. Since social media is a vital tool of communication for today’s generation, this initiative takes to the web to grow engagement, awareness, and participation in the fading art of philanthropy.

Several large corporations jumped on the bandwagon including Google, Microsoft, Skype, Cisco and UNICEF, and the movement has been publicly endorsed by celebrities such as Miranda and Bill Gates.

Comtel Communications and Simplicity VoIP were founded on the spirit of service to our customers and organizations who enrich the lives of those in our community. Our investment in the surrounding community has been and remains one of our most important values. Recognized by Richmond BizSense in the 2017 Generosity, Inc., Comtel was ranked number 32 among local area businesses.

Over the years, our companies have supported numerous groups and non-profits including The Richmond BalletSt. Andrews SchoolBeacon Tree FoundationThe Richmond Kickers, and The Steward School as one of many ways to give back.

December 1, 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of Comtel Communications. In celebration of this milestone anniversary, instead of having an event, we decided to invest in the community that has allowed us to grow. For each month in 2017, team members have chosen a charity that is near and dear to their hearts for Comtel's donation. To see the organizations that we have supported, click here. Through our actions, we strive to act as a shining example of what it means to be a good steward to one's community. We would like to encourage our customers and friends to join us and to get Involved. 

To participate, log on to the - Once on the website, you can find a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events and more in your own community. You can choose a cause that is close to your heart, aligned with your interests and give. Remember, every gift and every dollar counts. Small gifts add up and can make a large impact on the lives of others.

But don’t stop with the act of giving – remember, #GivingTuesday is a day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Blog, Tweet, or post on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram about your participation by using the hash tag #GivingTuesday. Join in conversations across social media, connect with fellow Givers and keep the exchanges going. Make use of other Giving Tuesday hash tags such as #Unselfie – a selfless selfie that shows support for the holiday.

Mention or tag us on social media – (twitter: @SimplicityVoIP or @ComtelComUSA) and share what you decided to do as well as how it made you feel. Remember, the holiday season is much more than the commercialization on TV and at the mall. It’s about making a difference, helping others and being a part of a larger community.

Act today – participate now in #GivingTuesday.

Author: Amy Humphreys

About Comtel

Comtel Communications, a telecom/technology consulting agency based in Richmond, Virginia since 1991, provides best-in-class solutions and unbiased counsel to a diverse group of small, medium, and enterprise-level businesses, totaling more than $18.2M in annual billings. Leveraging unique access to 350+ national and international providers, Comtel benefits its clients through competitive quotes from multiple sources, to ensure their business goals are met with current and dynamic telecom and technology services. Acting as a partner, long after contracts are signed and services are deployed, Comtel offers superb back-office support to manage upgrades, track orders, and provide training to clients.