Observed annually on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day inspires individuals, communities, and organizations to perform kind gestures for others. Selflessness is an expression of your highest self and you too, can make a difference this holiday by performing an altruistic act. Expand your social responsibility and pay it forward for National Random Acts of Kindness Day by choosing one of the following ways to get involved.
1. Pay for someone behind you
A simple way to give back is to pay for someone’s order when they’re least expecting it. Whether you’re at a coffee shop, toll booth, or drive-through, tell the cashier that you’d like to pay for the patron behind you. To keep the movement going, have the cashier write a note on their receipt asking them to pay it forward to another.
2. Get involved in your community
Dedicate time this holiday to get yourself, family, and friends involved with giving back in your neighborhood. Whether it’s volunteering to dog walk at your local animal shelter or feeding the homeless, paying it forward can be a fulfilling way to directly impact your community.
Sometimes finding the right opportunity to give back can be difficult. If you don’t know where to turn or aren’t aware of the volunteer options available in your area, DiveIn will easily connect you to the social good happening in your community. Download the app to discover local nonprofits, events, and upcoming activities in the Bay Area (currently available for iOS devices).
3. Donate to a cause you love
If you don’t have the bandwidth to give back in person, crowdfunding makes it simple to make a big difference with the click of a button. With YouCaring’s zero fees, making a donation is easy. And with the free platform, it will make a direct impact on the beneficiary, unlike other crowdfunding sites who administer platform fees.
Does a loved one or neighbor need financial relief? Consider launching a free YouCaring fundraiser to pay it forward and show your support to help them overcome their hardship. After Kiersten Miles courageously donated part of her liver to the toddler she babysits, her community gave back by launching a fundraiser to help her pay off her student debt.
4. Surprise a friend
Give back to a friend or neighbor that deserves some recognition. Make their favorite meal or baked good, surprise them with a movie night starring their favorite film, or lend a hand with an errand or chore on their list of to-dos.
5. Say thank you
A simple thank you can go a long way! Take the time to write a meaningful thank you to someone who doesn’t get the credit they deserve. Craft an email to your boss or coworker acknowledging them for a job well done on their last project, write a Yelp review for your favorite local eatery thanking them for great service, or simply leave a Post-it note on a car thanking them for their great parking skills.
No matter whether you have little time to give back or an entire day, we all can make a huge impact with our compassionate actions and words this National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Consider choosing one of our ideas or tweet us what your plans are to pay it forward!