How to Do Good on Good Deeds Day

Good Deeds Day is a global celebration that unites people from more than 100 countries to do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet. Each year, hundreds of thousands put into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world. In the United States, Good Deeds Day kicks off National Volunteer Week. No matter where you are planning to participate on April 15, here are some project ideas to inspire your good deeds!

Building a Culture of Service, Marlins Exec Leads Team of Volunteers With 'Marlins Ayudan' Community Initiative

In 2010, the Miami Marlins launched a community initiative called Marlins Ayudan (“help” in Spanish). Through the program, 230 front office employees have served more than 48,000 hours, donning blue shirts and volunteering in teams throughout the community  – beautifying the Miami River, picking up trash along South Florida beaches, or taking underprivileged youth on field trips to local museums and attractions. Claude Delorme, executive vice president of operations and events, has helped establish this rich culture of service by leading a Marlins Ayudan team each year.

Turning Her Pain into Purpose, Youth Advocate Works to Give a Voice to the Voiceless

At age 14, Samantha Gerson was placed in a residential treatment center; but instead of help and healing, she experienced physical and emotional abuse. At first, Samantha tried to shut away what had happened to her, but then she realized she could make a difference for other teens who felt alone and scared. Her experience motivated her to find ways to support other youth in need, and to eventually work with lawmakers to change public policy focused on institutional abuse and conversion therapy.

Inspired by a Family Value of Giving Back, Teen Leads Foundation to Empower At-Risk Girls

When Shreya Mantha’s grandmother was diagnosed with a terminal illness, her last wish was for her two granddaughters to honor her memory by doing something to help vulnerable girls. Inspired by the example set by their parents – who engaged the girls in volunteering activities from a young age – Shreya and her younger sister Sahana set out to honor their grandmother’s wish by making a difference for at-risk girls in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

What Black History Month Teaches Us About Civic Culture

Black History Month offers us a time to reflect on the many contributions African-Americans have made to this country and the world. Growing up as the children of hard-working parents in a melting pot community, the school my brother and I went to paused on a variety of special commemorative days to celebrate the rich diversity of all of our cultures and ethnicities. These early experiences and lessons from school have left an indelible imprint on my life, and what I recognize today is that these non-negotiable family values are distinctly connected to the work and service of many historical figures in black history whom we celebrate.

Nursing Home Volunteers Bring Joy to Residents and Build Lasting Friendships

As a professional clown, Maryann Greco brings joy to people on a daily basis, but volunteering in a nursing home made her realize how important a simple conversation or game of Scrabble can be to another person. While making daily visits to the Allendale Nursing Home in New Jersey to see her mother, who suffers from dementia, Maryann that many of the residents did not receive any visitors – so she began to sit and talk with them. As just one person, she could not visit everyone, so in 2012 she started Growing Relationships and Making Memories (G.R.A.M.M) to recruit volunteers to match with seniors. Through one-on-one interaction, volunteers form meaningful relationships with seniors, bringing love and joy to their lives.

Eagle Scout Launches Statewide Initiative to Give Foster Kids Hope and a Bag of Their Own

When Hunter Beaton was 8 years old, his grandmother picked him up from baseball practice and took him home to meet his new brother, a cousin who was being placed with his family as a foster child. Just a baby, his new brother had nothing – no toys, no clothes, no stuffed animals. When a second foster brother came to live with them, all he brought was a trash bag holding his meager belongings. It was the same for his foster sister. To Hunter, the idea that his siblings were only worth a plastic garbage bag seemed unjust.

Points of Light Names Lorraine Kelly as Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary

ATLANTA – Points of Light announced today that Lorraine Kelly is its new chief financial officer and corporate secretary. Kelly, who joined Points of Light in mid-November 2017, oversees the organization’s financial management strategy, human resources, operations and facility management.

Family Serves Together to Build a Stronger, More Engaged Community in Their Rural California Town

Sixty miles east of San Diego is Boulevard, California, a rural mountain town that’s seen a recent resurgence of support thanks to local volunteers. Central to this spark of civic engagement is the Daubach family, leading the charge to inspire others to involved.

Teen Builds Friendships, Fosters Acceptance Through Inclusive Team Sports

For Josh Kaplan, giving back to the community is part of who he is. Driven by the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, or “repairing the world,” he believes each of us has the power to create change and participate meaningfully in the world around us. An avid soccer player, Josh turned his passion into action when he launched GOALS (Giving Opportunities to All who Love Soccer) in his hometown of Phoenix.