In honor of our 75-years serving Southwest Michigan, we are looking for a little help from our community. We are asking our friends and neighbors to share to social media one act of kindness, using hashtag #75ActsUnited. This can be anything from taking out your neighbor's trash, buying a coffee for a co-worker, paying for a person's groceries in front of you at the store...the options are endless! We're just encouraging our friends to give-back and inspire others to pay it forward.

75 Acts of Kindness Ideas

1. Pay for someone’s meal in a restaurant
2. Pay the toll for the driver behind you
3. Bring coffee to work for a coworker
4. Volunteer to play games with senior citizens at a local care facility
5. Volunteer to read to an elementary school class
6. Walk dogs or play with animals at a local animal shelter
7. Cook a meal or do a load of laundry for a friend who just had surgery or recently had a baby
8. Donate school supplies to your local elementary school
9. Donate food to a local food pantry
10. Donate diapers to a homeless shelter
11. Deliver homemade cookies to your local fire or police station
12. Mow your neighbor’s lawn
13. Attend a local 5K event and cheer for the runners
14. Offer to take a photo for groups that you see struggling to take a group selfie
15. Contact a United Way Funded Partner and ask how you can get involved
16. While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is
17. Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people
18. Email or write to an old teacher who made a difference in your life
19. Compliment someone to their boss
20. Donate gently used books or toys to the nursery at a local church
21. Put a quarter in an expired parking meter
22. Attend a sporting event or concert to support the child of a friend or coworker
23. Give someone a book you think they’d like
24. Sincerely compliment your boss
25. Clean the windows of someone's car
26. Leave a stack of quarters at a laundromat
27. Donate gently used clothing to the Department of Health and Human Services for foster children
28. Help someone load groceries into their car, and return the cart for them
29. Write encouraging messages on Post-It Notes and place them on the bathroom mirror at home or work
30. Ask someone to tell you their life story – and really listen
31. Carry around a $5 gift card that you can give to someone who does something awesome
32. If you print a coupon off of the internet before you shop at a store, print a few extras to give to other shoppers
33. Carry an extra umbrella that you can give to someone who doesn’t have one when it’s raining
34. Leave a stack of pennies on Sandy at your local Meijer
35. Clean the equipment at the gym when you notice that someone else didn’t
36. Take a homemade treat to the new family who moved into your neighborhood
37. Commit to sending one thank you note each week to a different person
38. Send anonymous flowers to the receptionist at work
39. Leave a very generous tip for a great server
40. Tape an envelope to a vending machine and leave a few dollar bills inside
41. Hold the door for someone
42. Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor
43. Offer your old magazines to your doctor’s office
44. Send a thank you card to one of your elected officials
45. Shovel or snow blow a neighbor’s driveway
46. Strike up a conversation with someone at work or church whom you’ve never spoken to before
47. Give up your seat on the bus or subway for someone
48. Take flowers to your local library for the staff to enjoy
49. Carry around a care package of toiletries to give to someone who is homeless
50. Donate work clothing to a job placement program for clients to use for job interviews
51. Pay extra when you buy coffee, so that the next person in line has a smaller bill
52. Write a positive comment on a blog post
53. Call your parents and thank them for everything they’ve done for you
54. Follow a nonprofit organization on social media, and share their information to help raise awareness
55. Do the “extra” task that nobody at home or work wants to do
56. Make a list of things that you love about an important person in your life, and give it to them
57. Say thank you to someone who has an often thankless job
58. Let someone with fewer items check out in front of you at the store
59. Wash someone’s car
60. Clean up trash at the beach, in your neighborhood, or at a park
61. Make a meaningful introduction for someone
62. Pay for someone’s gas
63. Support the fundraiser that someone’s child is hitting you up for
64. Send a fan letter to someone who inspires you
65. Call an elderly relative just to chat
66. Forgive someone, and never bring the subject up again
67. Send an email to a company that makes a product that you really love to tell them about it
68. Bring treats to work for your coworkers to enjoy
69. Send a care package to a soldier
70. When it’s hot out, offer cold drinks to people who work outside – when it’s cold out, offer them hot beverages
71. Donate cleaning supplies to an animal shelter
72. Make get well cards to be given to people in the hospital
73. Volunteer to pull weeds at a community garden
74. Send a thank you card to a local nonprofit organization for the work they do in the community
75. Support United Way by giving your time or your money, to help fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Southwest Michigan