A while back, I tweeted my followers, asking who they’d want featured on this week’s #GivingTuesday post. Laura FereJohn recommended Random Acts.
While many groups have tried to celebrate the “random acts of kindness” and “pay it forward” attitudes, Random Acts seems to have found a way to both inspire and fund random acts of kindness.
Started on Twitter
Back in 2009, actor Misha Collins asked his Twitter followers (affectionately called his “minions”) to come up with ideas for a “minion stimulus” project. His goal was to obtain US government stimulus money (funding to aid endeavors to stop an economic recession) for non-profit initiatives.
As it developed, the decided to drop the pursuit of government funding. The initiative morphed into into a privately organized charity known as MinionStimulus. As they grew and formalized, the organization eventually came to be called Random Acts.
Not just a scattered effort
In my last #GivingTuesday post, I featured a group of businesses banding together to help a nonprofit in their city. Random Acts seems to have figured out how to be a catalyst for random acts of kindness around the globe.
A challenge of such an organization could be the scattered approach inherent in the very definition of “random.” But with the work they’ve done in Haiti, they prove that Random Acts can also have a sustained impact. Having worked there for the last three years, now they’re ready to leave, leaving the community stronger.
Get Involved Today
The mission of Random Acts is:
At Random Acts, it’s our mission to conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time. We are here to inspire acts of kindness around the world both big and small. We provide a vast network of caring people with the encouragement and support they need to change lives for the better.
Who wouldn’t want to get involved? Their website shows three ways to get involved today:
Acts of Kindness
As their name would suggest, they offer support and assistance to people wanting to perform random acts of kindness. You can see more, including a form to propose a random act, at http://www.therandomact.org/getinvolved/randomacts/
You can always donate via Paypal or other means to help fund their work. Make your donation, or make it a monthly recurring donation, at http://www.therandomact.org/getinvolved/donate/
Being a global organization, Random Acts understands the benefit of remote volunteers. Check here for the current openings and task descriptions: http://www.therandomact.org/getinvolved/vacancies/
You can learn more about Random Acts by watching this video on the Random Acts YouTube channel.
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