26 Acts of Kindness Campaign Goes Viral

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A grassroots wave of people across the United States are performing millions of acts of kindness to honor the memory of the victims of the Dec. 26-acts-of-kindness-facebook-page-ann-curry-nbc-news14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT., after a single tweet by a national journalist.

“Imagine if all of us committed to 20 mitvahs/acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown. I’m in. If you are RT #20Acts,” was the tweet NBC News’ Ann Curry sent out soon after the shootings.

Within hours, thousands of people had tweeted in response; it quickly grew into 26 acts of kindness, to honor both the children and adults who died at the school. In a blog post, Curry said that there was some debate to make it 27 acts, to include Nancy Lanza, shooter Adam Lanza’s mother. Some even suggested making it 28, since Adam himself was struggling with mental illness.

The popular sentiment of 26 acts of kindness stuck, however, and over the last couple of weeks has gained in popularity. Besides the official 26 Acts of Kindness Facebook Page, many more unofficial pages, or pages for specific communities, are springing up. A Twitter account was also established, @26acts.

All over social media people are reporting their acts of kindness, from handing out cash to strangers, to paying for people’s coffee or meals, to baking cakes and cookies for others, to donating money to organizations, and much more.

If you’re feeling motivated to get involved in the 26 Acts of Kindness campaign, Good Neighbor Stories has a large number of ideas for you to choose from. Check out our Be Kind: Kindness Ideas or More Ways to be a Good Neighbor pages, or consider helping out one of the many organizations listed on our Be a Good Neighbor Page.

What acts of kindness will you perform to honor the children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary? Tell us in comments!

 

Tell Friends About Good Neighbor Stories, Enter to Win a 2013 Datebook!

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You could be a winner in our end of the year promotion contest! To enter, ask your friends on Good-Neighbor-Stories-2013-Datebook-inspirational-calendar-contest-Pam-Marino-Reach-and-TeachFacebook or Twitter to “like” our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter. Make sure you tag us (@goodneighborstories for Facebook; @gnstories for Twitter). Double your chance to win by doing both! The contest ends at 12 midnight, PST, on Friday, Dec. 28.

For helping introduce us to more new neighbors, you’ll be entered to win a copy of the Good Neighbor Stories 2013 Datebook! The datebook features uplifting stories and photos from the Good Neighbor Stories website, as well as inspirational quotes, and reminders for all the major holidays. Use for yourself as a calendar, or perhaps a gratitude journal, or give as a gift to make someone’s New Year bright.

Social Media for Nonprofits Conference: Leveraging Eventbrite’s Free Tools

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For hard-pressed nonprofits in tough economic times, “free” is always a good word. So it was encouraging for nonprofit leaders at the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference in Mountain View to hear about the free tools available to help them expand and strengthen their connections with supporters.

The day-long event on Thursday, July 26, at the Microsoft Conference Center, was organized by the group by the same name, Social Media for Nonprofits; it included speakers from Facebook, LinkedIn, Eventbrite, Change.org, among others.

All this week I’m posting highlights from the conference. Yesterday was all about how nonprofits can effectively use Facebook. Today includes helpful information from Eventbrite, the online service that enables event creation, promotion, and ticket sales. The site offers free tools that will help any nonprofit plan and host any type of event. [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: June 10-16

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting a treasure trove of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter lists, “Silicon Valley Heroes” and “SF Bay Area Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Sunday, June 10

Save The Bay (SF) @saveSFbay

Our Restoration Education Programs yield positive results for students and the Bay. http://bit.ly/KjzLJQ

Palo Alto Medical @paloaltomedical

Tips to Avoid Dehydration & Heat Related Illnesses in Kids http://ow.ly/btVBf #sunsafety #parenting #healthtips

SVEF @svefoundation

Want to help middle school students get on the college track? Be a tutor in our Stepping Up To Algebra (SUTA) program http://ow.ly/bsJDk [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: June 3-9

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting a treasure trove of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter lists, “Silicon Valley Heroes” and “SF Bay Area Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Sunday, June 3

GLIDE @glidesf

“I just think what they do is extraordinary,” Warren Buffett (on GLIDE). #BuffettAuction begins live on #eBay http://ow.ly/bkqMD

Amy Jussel @ShapingYouth

NYT: Super-sized soda “gigantic enough for a small marine mammal to do laps in” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/opinion/sunday/bruni-trimming-a-fat-city.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y Nanny state or Necessary? #kids #health

Save The Bay (SF) @saveSFbay

Test your Bay knowledge and play Battle for the Bay! http://bit.ly/battleforsfbay

Monday, June 4

The SF Foundation @tsff

We’re proud to be the first funder of @HPP_SF‘s incredible work and vision! http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/change-agents/nurse-offers-health-welfare-services/ via @TheBayCitizen [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: April 8-14

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting all sorts of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter lists, “Silicon Valley Heroes” and “SF Bay Area Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Here are some top tweets for last week.

Sunday, April 8

Homeless Connect SF ‏ @PHCSF

We need baby shampoo donated for our Family Connect toiletry kits. Know anyone who could help? #PHCdailyneed

Bay Nature ‏ @BayNature

Urban coyote spotted in Golden Gate Park. Nice photos! http://ow.ly/a9UkN

Monday, April 9

Habitat Greater SF ‏ @HabitatGSF

Best way to prevent recessions: Teach money-management early http://ow.ly/aabbW @vcstar

Make a Birthday Wish ‏ @MakeaBdayWish

wrapping gifts! 🙂 http://fb.me/1FSmJd1Kq [Read more…]

Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week: March 25-31

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Some of the Bay Area’s best neighbors are tweeting all sorts of positive and interesting information. We keep track on our Twitter list, “Silicon Valley Heroes”. If you’re on Twitter and spreading good news, let us know. We might list you in an upcoming “Good Neighbor Tweets of the Week” list.

Here are some top tweets for last week.

Sunday, March 25

Save The Bay (SF) ‏ @saveSFbay

Looking for #environmental #policy experience? Volunteer with @SaveSFBay_Wonks this summer: http://bit.ly/GWuXKf

Monday, March 26

Peninsula Family Svc ‏ @PeninsulaFamily

Photos: Oracle Volunteers with the Young and Elderly – Redwood City, CA Patch http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/oracle-volunteers-with-the-young-and-elderly [Read more…]

Continuing King’s Legacy All Year: Take the MLK 25 Challenge

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After last week’s sadness over the violence in Tucson, it was good to watch thousands upon thousands of people pour their hearts into service yesterday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I am one who believes the good news far outweighs the bad, if we pay attention. Yesterday was a day to pay attention to the people who are committed to their communities, and want to leave a positive stamp on those communities.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the people behind the National Day of Service have come up with a terrific way to extend the day into a whole year. The Corporation for National and Community Service is challenging all of us to commit to 25 acts of service in 2011. It’s called the MLK 25 Challenge. From simple acts like donating to  your local food bank, to more involved things like becoming a mentor, anything that helps make your community a better place can be part of the challenge.

If you’re scratching your head for ideas, the organization’s website has a handy checklist to get you started. See this blog’s posts from last month, when I listed 30 ideas for being a good neighbor at the holidays and beyond.

The group is encouraging anyone who takes the challenge to post their actions throughout the year on Twitter, using the #MLK25 hashtag.

Although the focus is on the Day of Service here in the U.S., Martin Luther King Jr. transcends this country. Anyone, anywhere on the planet could participate in this challenge. It would be amazing to see a Twitter feed with thousands of posts from all over the world, marking acts of kindness done in memory of MLK.

To help me remember the challenge, I’ve posted a sticky note on the side of my computer screen that says “#MLK25”. I’m starting with a small goal of remembering to take reusable bags to the market. Another small act I realized I did yesterday: I momentarily helped a neighbor try to locate a missing pet. Little things, I know, but sometimes when we start with the little things, it leads to bigger actions down the road. I like to think that even a small act, like a small raindrop in a pond of water, sends out ripples far beyond what we may even realize.

Yesterday I posted my favorite King quote:

“Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Think of each act of kindness – no matter how small – as a light against the darkness. When thousands of us shine our lights of love together, the darkness cannot triumph.

What about you? Will you take the MLK 25 Challenge? What ideas do you have to help others this year?