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Random Acts of Kindness Volunteer / Non-Profit Meetup Message Board › New Meetup: Random Acts Challenge for February

New Meetup: Random Acts Challenge for February

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Irving, TX
Announcing a new Meetup for Random Acts of Kindness Volunteer / Non-Profit Meetup!

What: Random Acts Challenge for February

When: Sunday, February 20, 2011 12:15 AM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Dear RAK members:

As Lo pointed out on the message board, our name is "Random Acts of Kindness" but all of our events are what about something more random? Mary loved the idea and wanted to make it happen, so she contacted me (she thinks I'm one of the finest AO's ever...ahem!).

In our everyday lives, we see people who could use a little help and a lot of us would gladly pitch in, but if we're not "at an event" it doesn't occur to us to do anything. To address that, we are going to start scheduling the "Random Acts Challenge." This event has no meeting place, meeting time, and there's no limit on the "attendees." Anybody anywhere can participate, so if you can't make other events because of time, money, work, or whatever, this can still be something for you.

The idea is to target a week each month as a reminder to be on the lookout for a chance to do something for someone, or even plan one yourself. When the event is posted, you can RSVP Yes and put it on your calendar as a reminder. Then, during the week, perform a random act of kindness for someone. Something as simple as a compliment can make someone's day so it isn't necessary to spend money. A note left in your mailbox, thanking your letter carrier could work; you may not even see the beneficiary at all but you know it can make a difference.

There are lots of ways you can "pay it forward," and Mary found plenty of ideas in these sites:


As challenge week rolls along, check back at the event listing from time to time. You'll be able to read what others have done when they "Rate the meetup" or discuss it on that page. Maybe you'll see that a member helped an elderly woman get the groceries in the car or dropped off canned food at a homeless shelter. And you can share what you chose to do for others to read about. Though not together, we can share the camaraderie of doing good wherever we are.

I would encourage you to use some care in how you approach people. In general, common sense and common courtesy go a long way. If you want to help people face-to-face, I would also say stick to public places; one-on-one in a parking lot, people may feel threatened. If asked, be clear that you expect nothing in return except the satisfaction of helping someone out.)

Mary and I are planning to order some "business cards" that would basically say "Thank you for letting me do this random act of kindness for you" and including the meetup web address so that people know it's not a scam or anything. (You can pick up those cards when you see us at meetups and use as you like. Or leave a simple stationery card of your own saying something similar with our meetup web address or choose not to leave any card at all.) And who knows, we may gain some members!

The first challenge is for the week beginning February 20. Are you up for it?

As always, it is a privilege to be associated with such a great group of people...thanks for all you do, and have a great week!

Mary, Event Host for RAK Challenge
Dave, AO for RAK

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