Archive for the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ Category

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Random Acts of Kindness – Helping a Neighbor in Need

March 10, 2010

Today’s Random Acts of Kindness Story:

My neighbor just recently had her third baby and was feeling very overwhelmed, so I took her kids for a couple of hours so she could workout and have some alone time. It felt good to make her feel good!

Remember acts of kindness don’t need to be big or cost money.  Sometimes it’s the most simple things that can truly make someones day.  Check out this list of ideas from the Acts of Kindness Foundation.  Their website also has ideas and inspiration so you can share acts of kindness all year long.

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Random Acts of Kindness – Say YES to mentoring!

March 9, 2010

Today’s Random Act of Kindness Story:

I mentor high school girls in a pilot program called Yes, Inc.  It stands for Young Entrepreneurial Students and teaches kids to be more professional.  Some of the activities I participate and help with include; mentoring, job shadowing and mock job interviews.  The girls are very appreciative and get wonderful life experiences!

For ways to get involved with mentoring in the community click HERE.

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Random Acts of Kindness – Give a pint, save a life.

March 8, 2010

Today’s Random Act of Kindness Story:

For the past 3 years I have donated blood, at least 3 times per year, at various blood drives hoping to help others in their time of need.  I know how valuable a pint can be, especially my rare type of blood so I give it freely.

Many others reported that for their act of kindness they donated blood or platelets.  Did you know that 50 minutes spent donating blood can save 3 lives?  Yep every donation counts!  To volunteer with United Blood Services click HERE or visit their website to find out how you can donate blood.

If you’re on Facebook become a fan of United Blood Services – Las Vegas HERE.

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Random Acts of Kindness – Soles 4 Souls

March 5, 2010

Today’s Random Act of Kindness story:

I’m a teacher at Desert Oasis High School, and one of my students gave me the idea of collecting used shoes to give to a local shoe store participating in a Soles 4 Souls shoe drive. The shoes will be sent to survivors of Haiti’s earthquake. My classroom and car became shoe-donation centers. I’ve made two trips to the shoe store, and more shoes are in my car waiting to be dropped off (no thanks, I don’t want more shoes ;). In all, about 150 extra pairs of Las Vegas shoes will head to Haiti because of the kindness and generosity of my DOHS students!

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Random Acts of Kindness – Students Helping Haiti

March 4, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness week produced many great stories that we will be sharing through our social networking outlets.  Be a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or follow our blog for different stories of how volunteers are helping make our community great!

Today’s story:

I teach fifth grade in a local public school.  Even though my students don’t have much, I encouraged them to try to donate $1 each to the earthquake victims in Haiti.  In a class of 22, my students raised $100, which I donated to the Red Cross for Haiti relief.  I myself wrote a $25 check to the Red Cross and am so proud of my students’ sympathy.

For opportunities to volunteer with the American Red Cross – Southern Nevada Chapter click HERE.

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Meeting New Neighbors

February 17, 2010

One day I pulled up to my apartment building and noticed a father and daughter unloading a moving truck. Normally I shy away from contact with strangers. That particular day, though, I felt like I should just help these people unload their truck. I approached them to introduce myself, welcome them to the town and offer to help. After changing into proper shoes (I was wearing flip-flops), I went over and helped them move all of their belongings into the apartment. After we finished, we talked some and I got to know my new neighbors. It might seem insignificant, but it seems like people are less open and friendly with their neighbors these days. I want to change that, at least in my small apartment complex. As we talked I discovered they were from Florida just like me! During this particular time in my life, I was going through a really difficult breakup with my girlfriend of seven years. I didn’t feel like helping anyone or doing anything positive, but I figured why not? And I’m glad I did. Also, as luck would have it, their daughter is my age (college student) and we’ve developed a friendship.

The reward was the act itself, though. I got to know my new neighbors and made some new friends in the process. And I felt really good about it. Since then, I’ve tried expanding my comfort zone to perform other random acts of kindness. So far, so good. I’d encourage everyone else to do the same!

This inspirational story provided by the Acts of Kindness Foundation HERE.  Visit their website for ideas for acts of kindness in the classroom, the office and in your community.  Visit our website for opportunities to volunteer if you’re looking for a more traditional way to provide service to the community.

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Random Acts of Kindness = Free Coffee

February 16, 2010
In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Week from February 15-21, United Way’s Volunteer Center and select local locations of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are teaming up to encourage niceties among Las Vegans.

Good Samaritans will be rewarded with a free specialty coffee drink on Monday, February 22 or Tuesday, February 23, as a thank you for their random act of kindness. Coupons for the complimentary regular-sized specialty drink will be emailed to those who report their nice gesture online at coffeebeanlv.com/kindness, and are redeemable at neighborhood locations of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Las Vegas and Henderson.

“The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Nevada is a locally owned and operated organization that cares about the people in its community, so partnering with the United Way and the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada for Random Acts of Kindness Week was a natural fit,” said Phil Patent, president and chief operating officer for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Nevada franchise. “We are proud to support the pay-it-forward concept and can’t wait to see what niceties are reported online.”

United Way’s Volunteer Center is offering ideas for qualifying activities throughout the week by posting inspirational messages on its Facebook and Twitter pages. “A random act of kindness can be very simple,” said Robin Kelley, director of the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada. “Ideas range from simply writing a thank you note to someone, or complimenting everyone you encounter on a single day, to donating blood or volunteering your time through our center.”

Further ideas and suggestions on random acts of kindness and more information about the promotion can be found at coffeebeanlv.com/kindness. Those looking to volunteer their time during this national week of humanitarianism should visit the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada at VolunteerCenterSN.org, or follow United Way on Facebook or Twitter (uwsn.org/connected).

For more information on Nevada’s The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, visit http://www.coffeebeanlv.com/.

About The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is the oldest and largest privately-held chain of specialty coffee and tea stores in the United States. The Company has more than 520 stores, 275 of which are company owned and 245 are franchised. The first Nevada location opened in November 2001 by local entrepreneur Jeff Fine and has grown to a total of 15 coffee and tea shops. http://www.coffeebeanlv.com/

Need Some Inspiration?  
 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou (American poet, 1928)

Random acts of kindness can be as simple as holding the door open for the person behind you, letting someone go ahead of you at the grocery store or paying someone a sincere compliment.  The great thing about random acts of kindness is that they can be done anywhere, any time and throughout the year.  Check out The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for ideas that can be implemented at school, at work or in your community.  There are also quotes and stories to help inspire you to share some kindness to those around you.

Another option is to “Pay it Forward” which became a movement after the film featuring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment debuted in 2000.  Visit the Pay it Forward Foundation for stories, school toolkits and great ways to get involved.

Be sure to connect with us through our social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, MySpace) for more words of inspiration, acts of kindness ideas and opportunities to volunteer.  We’ll post something new every day of the week.  If you complete one of the suggested acts of kindness or volunteer at one of our suggested opportunities be sure to come back and let us know what happened.  We welcome comments and pictures from your acts of kindness.

“No kind action ever stops with itself.  One kind action leads to another.  Good example is followed.  A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.  The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.” 
– Amelia Earhart (First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 1897-1937)