December 1 was #GivingTuesday and we are so appreciative of the amazing people who made a donation to Opportunity Village, especially one in particular.

Who raised over 800 on GivingTuesday

People showed their support by making a contribution at, by sharing our social media posts, and even by creating their own Facebook fundraisers.

One of those fundraisers really stood out to us – our very own Joey C.’s. Joey has been taking part in Opportunity Village programs and services for over 16 years! On #GivingTuesday he created a fundraiser on Facebook with his sister’s assistance. He told his sister that he wanted to help because the Magical Forest was canceled and he knew that was a big fundraiser for OV.

By sharing his fundraiser on social media Joey helped raise $800 for the organization where he works. Helping raise this money makes Joey feel “stupendous” as he put it. Joey says, “I am happy people supported me and OV.” When we told him that his $800 was going to be doubled to $1,600 thanks to a matching gift from Bill and Susan Walters, he had a message for them. “I appreciate what you are doing for my fundraiser. You are the best.”

Joey is excited to see how the money he raised helps support individuals like him at Opportunity Village and says, “If I had $1,600 I would share it with my sister. With my portion, I would buy a mansion next to Madonna and have a butler.”

Thank you to everyone who supported OV this #GivingTuesday and a big shout out to Joey, aka Madonna’s biggest fan.