I know that the volunteering at the nursing home idea is a little cliche but I work at a nursing home which has frequent outings to places like the casino and the fair. They never have volunteers and often times the overworked nursing staff is asked to come in on their days off and help push the residents around these places. Ask the nursing home activities director if he or she plans to have any outings and if you can help push the residents around or help them into and out of the bus.
Hmmm…maybe I’ve done some things you might consider picking up as projects for yourself. Check charitabledeeds.blogspot.com for the latest. (I’m new to your blog and you can BET your bottom dollar I’ll be coming HERE for inspiration – good job!)
Ali, this is such an amazing this you are doing…you are incredible. I’ll totally find ways to support you!.
xoxo, Becky Reifman
I’ve volunteered with Operation Gratitude and it’s great. They send care packages and letters to the troops overseas. Check out the website and you can get involved with the letter writing if you would like!
I love this place! I’ve been doing the sports buddies for 2 years…maybe it interests you?
What you are doing is amazing!
Check this out…you can write letters to the troops…
Hey Alli, another idea I had is collect your dead batteries, instead of dumping them in the landfill, and take them to a proper disposal site. You can usually look it up on the internet. It might not be a bad idea to ask your neighbors or friends for their waste and drop it off for them, too. Also, you could maybe post links on your blog so that people can find their proper disposal sites for things like batteries, smoke detectors, e-waste, etc.
Good luck, I’ll keep ‘em coming.
Hey lady, I found a website for you that deals with children staying in contact with their incarcerated parents. I’m not HTML savvy, so you’ll have to just copy and paste the site. Sorry for that.
here it is: http://www.childrenofinmates.org
they have a few different options, and they have a number you can call to find the nearest headquarters to you. Good luck.
Thanks so much! This is a great good deed idea
An idea that has come up recently is connecting people. Maybe grammy has a computer but doesn’t have a web cam, and could also use some help getting started and operating it. My family is all over this country and if only I could get to them to help set up! I’d love to help so hit me up!
I was looking at this website today: http://www.anysoldier.com
It’s for care packages for our troops. On this website, however, they let you scroll down the list of the troops and you can request an address for specific people and send them exactly what they request. I noticed that several of them requested DVDs. I was thinking that Goodwill sells a lot of DVDs and that could be perfect. You could buy some DVDs there to send and you’d be supporting the Goodwill programs as well as troops!
STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY TIES….ENGAGE A SENIOR MEMBER OF YOUR COMMUNITY
They are our storytellers – our elderly are meant to be those who share the secrets of wisdom and knowledge and life with our youth. – Cameron Diaz
The simple act of social interaction with an elder member of your community can improve their life and yours; and, as a result strengthen community ties.
Visit with a grandparent, aunt, uncle, elderly neighbor, or get to know someone new in your community by visiting a local assisted living home and participating in their volunteer activities.
There are so many ways that you can make a positive impact on the lives of the residents of an assisted living home. They include: visiting, pet visits, reading and letter writing, playing games such as bingo, cards, and chess, helping with crafts, gardening, and, yes, getting them to tell their stories by reminiscing about family photos.
We all benefit from building strong meaningful relationships with senior members of the community; especially young people. It is through social interaction with the elderly that our youth develop a deeper understanding of the aging process, which ultimately results in their compassion for aging loved ones and the senior community as a whole. In essence, they improve themselves and the world around them.
So, this weekend, take the initiative yourself, or encourage a young person you know, to engage someone who has a story to tell.
Last year we had the family that was sitting next to us at Cracker Barrel pay for our meal. We had been talking to them while we ate & playing with there son. After they left, the waitress came to us & told us they had taken care of our bill. It was the kindest gesture we have ever seen & it came at the perfect moment.
This may sound very simple, but I want to buy a piggy bank and give away all the money I save in it to charity; one of the large ones that you can open, so that every time it gets full I’ll be able to empty it and start filling it again..
It takes zero time and zero effort.. it seems almost too easy not to do.
I’m in need of ideas for good deeds and acts of kindness!
I think that one of the best things that you can do is to continue what you have started, beyond Jan. 1, 2010(after 365 days/ 1 year) is complete. This site is an inspiration to me and I can see to others too…even many more than have left comments, as only a small percentage of people will leave comments. When one thinks of what can be done individually and then thinks of what can be done when others are inspired, as well, then the effect on the world for good(in doing acts of goodness) can be multiplied many times.
So, I hope you continue to do good things and continue to inspire others to do good, too.
Not only do we personally benefit(our own souls are nourished when we are kind), but the lives we touch are made better with our acts of goodness.
I would hate to see an important part of goodness(this site); that is an encouragement and inspiration to me, end. What you’ve done here means a lot to me and I’m so glad at having found it and I hope it continues.
Most sincerely with love for who you are and what you’re doing,
Education of the public on how best to ensure true help for people on the the street, I believe would go a long way!
Check out http://www.SproutLaunch.com, they suggest good deeds each day and offer weekly rewards for people who submit good deeds or even ideas.
Last week they posted “Send a card to a sick child through http://www.MakeAChildSmile.org“. I sent in a letter in hopes to encourage a child during a difficult time.
I recommend checking out both sites!
Make inspirational homemade bookmarks saying things such as: SMILE! and EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON! and leave them in books you return to your public library:)
The ideas here are great and what a wonderful idea to do 365 days of good deeds!
There are so many everyday things that can be done – visiting Hospice patients, many of whom never have anyone visit them; giving simple manicures to the residents of a nursing home; coordinating with the activities director at a nursing home for an afternoon of dancing with the residents – ballroom type dancing; playing with the animals at the local animal shelter; caring for the young children of a friend or neighbor so they can have some time to themselves (or a date with their spouse)…… there are countless opportunities and so often the person who gains the most is the person doing the giving. I’ll look forward to hearing how your 365 days are filled!!
Love the website:-)! Holding a fundraiser is an amazing way to give back. Not only do you learn an incredible amount of information and gain so much experience but the connections and network you build with those involved is indescribable. I’ve worked with Relay For Life (http://relay.org) for nearly 8 years now and decided it was time I started a fundraiser at my college. Focusing on the arts, the evening has two components: arts programming awareness & enjoying the arts. We’re currently looking at having local talent perform & are thinking about integrating arts education into the program, despite how busy it already is. I’m super excited, as is my team & cannot wait for February to come!
Another great way to give back is to volunteer for a camp for kids with chronic illnesses. You can find some through the American Cancer Society (http://cancer.org) or the National Hemophilia Foundation (http://hemophilia.org).
Plant a tree!
If you live in the Pittsburgh area go to http://www.pittsburghforest.org/treeplanting2010 and sign up for an afternoon of tree planting in your [or your friend's] neighborhood! If it’s too late to plant a tree this November don’t worry, Pittsburghforest.org will keep you updated with other tree-friendly events to keep you having fun and spreading goodness at the same time!
I carry containers of dog food in my car to give to dogs who accompany homeless people.
How about buying lots of umbrellas from the dollar store and carrying them in the car, so on those rainy days when you see people walking, standing – getting drenched – you can hand them an umbrella to keep them dry until the sun shines again!!!! This is something I’ve thought about doing for awhile and just haven’t gotten to it!!
Buy lunch for someone who will probably never pay you back. It might be a homeless person or a new college grad who has not found a decent job yet. This is even better if you actually eat lunch with the person. Be sure to offer positive and kind words to your generosity!
I have been trying to do at least one good deed a day this month. I have given coffee to the road workers I pass each day, given a gift certificate to the lady at the drive thru, but the most unusual thing I did so far was to let somebody help me. I was putting some things into my car (bags of cat food, bird seed etc) and an elderly man was walking by. He saw me lifting out of the cart and asked if he could help. Although I was perfectly healed from a surgery I had… I said “That would be amazing. I had surgery and would really appreciate it.” He smiled a huge smile as he helped me. I think it made him happy.
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