2/25/13

To This Day Project

Please take a moment (7 minutes really) to view the very moving video from the To This Day Project.  "To This Day" is a spoken word poem by Shane Koyczan about the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.  Reflect.


2/12/13

Have You Been RAOKed?

Have you been RAOKed?  Did you receive a random act of kindness from someone? Perhaps you were given a RAOK card. If so, we're glad you're here.

Share your RAOK with us!


Please take a moment to write about the RAOK you received in the comment form below and we will share it with all our visitors. Then, if you want to "pass it on", you can get ideas on the "RAOK Ideas" tab above, and print your own cards from the "RAOK Cards" tab. 


Click on "Comments" below to share your RAOK:

It's Random Acts of Kindness Week Feb. 11-17


This week is National Random Acts of Kindness Week. It's a time to stop and think of little ways we can all make a difference in the world. Perhaps you've been on the receiving side of a random act of kindness (RAOK). If you have, this week is a good time to turn the tables and do something nice or someone else.

RAOK and get RAOKed!

It's easy to get started with your own RAOK. Just click on the "RAOK Ideas" tab at the top of this page to see ways you can help others. Then if you want, you can download and print out RAOK cards by clicking on the "RAOK Cards" tab. Then all you have to do is go out and make a difference.

Kindness Inspires Kindness!

It does not matter how small your good deed is. Any RAOK can have a ripple effect. If you give a RAOK card to your kindness recipient, it will encourage them to "pass it on" and in this way, your random act of kindness can eventually effect many people!



So don't wait. Get started today and join others in celebrating the National Random Acts of Kindness Week!

Random Acts of Micro Kindness

The name is fairly descriptive. "Micro" means small and "volunteer" means doing a task without compensation so a microvolunteering would be doing a small task without compensation? Well, technically yes, but it encompasses so much more!

So What Is Microvolunteering?

A quick look around the internet reveals many definitions, but 3 of them seem to be the most commonly accepted above all the rest and these are;

"Easy, quick, low commitment actions that benefit a worthy cause" (as suggested by Help From Home UK based volunteering website)

"Convenient, bite-sized, crowdsourced, and network managed" (as suggested by San Francisco based business Sparked)

"The act of voluntary participation in small day to day situations that occupy a brief amount of time" (as suggested by Student Volunteer Connections)



The cool thing that happens is when many people do a tiny thing, it can add up to equal a BIG THING. For example, the American Red Cross has a texting campain to raise money and they advertise it at concerts, on television, and radio.  All you have to do is text REDCROSS to 90999 to automatically give a $10 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund which helps people affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and tornadoes. The $10 donation will appear on your cellphone bill. 

How $10 Turned into a BIG THING!

On Nov. 2, 2012, there was a televised benefit show for Hurricane Sandy relief where the Red Cross promoted the texting donation.  Between the hours of 8:00PM and Midnight, the donations amounted to $23 million!  Not all of that was through texting donations but a big chunk of it was. That's a lot of texting, folks!

Random Acts of Micro Kindness.

Random acts of kindness are a perfect form of microvolunteering. It doesn't take much to brighten someone's day or set off a spark that get's passed forward to others.  Take a look at our list of RAOK Ideas and print out some RAOK cards and get started microvolunteering today!