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