‘Jeopardy!’ Host Mayim Bialik Wants to Help an Animal in Need

by Jennifer Shea

It’s Giving Tuesday, and Jeopardy! host Mayim Bialik is celebrating it by lending a hand to some deserving furry friends in need.

The actress and neuroscientist is partnering with Paw Works, a Ventura County, California animal rescue organization dedicated to making Ventura County a “no kill” area. They launched in 2014, and began by rescuing cats and dogs from county and city shelters.

Ventura County attained “no kill” status that same year. But Paw Works has since broadened its mandate, and now rescues animals from neighboring Southern California counties as well as from shelters across the state. It has opened adoption centers in Thousand Oaks and Ventura.

“This #GivingTuesday I’ll be helping @PawWorks Animal Rescue with their mission to help save countless lives & find rescued animals a loving home!” Bialik tweeted, alongside a picture of a very sweet tabby cat. “If you’re able to give back this year, please consider donating to Paw Works! https://pawworks.org/donate.”

Giving Tuesday Is a Key Window for Charities Like Paw Works

Paw Works spends 98 cents of every dollar donated on the rescue, care, education and adoption of animals. But like any 501(c)(3) charity, the organization is entirely dependent on donations and fundraising to keep going.

That’s why Giving Tuesday is such a critical opportunity for charities like Paw Works. As people around the world give back to worthy charities, groups like Paw Works stand to gain one-time donations from people who might not usually donate, as well as extra donations from regular contributors. Some companies and businesses even offer matching grants to certain charities, amplifying the impact of the donations those charities receive on Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. It has since spawned an independent nonprofit that promotes the holiday as a global celebration of generosity. The day is now celebrated in more than 60 countries across the world.

Jeopardy! Host Is Using Her Fame for a Good Cause

On Giving Tuesday, Bialik is trying to use her fame to advance a good cause. But there are downsides to fame, and as a former child star, Bialik is well-acquainted with them. In a recent interview, she talked about how her Blossom years prepared her for the spotlight she now occupies on Jeopardy!.

“It’s hard having everyone tell you you’re amazing when you know that that’s not always true,” Bialik told the New York Post this month. “And it’s hard, having people be interested in you for what you can provide for them or what you can give them.”

“So I think there’s a part of you that doesn’t really develop all the way, especially when you have fame young,” she added. “You know, like, there’s part of you that’s always like, ‘Love me, love me.’ Like, ‘What can I do?’ You know? So there’s definitely an aspect to my life that was shaped by that.”

Jeopardy! fans have certainly been showing Bialik some love. But it sounds like by now, she’s not about to let it go to her head. And that’s a good thing, because she’ll need all her wits about her to fill Alex Trebek’s shoes.