We are just two weeks into the year, and we have already faced so much together as a global community. We know you may be feeling helpless as we continue to do our best to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe and healthy. Through it all, you still have everything you need within you to make the world a kinder, braver place – and there are so many opportunities you can safely do so. Below are a few suggestions from our team!
Send kind notes:
Whether it’s a letter of gratitude, encouragement, or a card simply saying ‘hello’, receiving a handwritten note in the mail is sure to brighten anyone’s day. Here are a few options to help you put pen to paper:
- Send a letter to a frontline healthcare worker via Operation Gratitude.
- Write cards for Letters Against Isolation, Love for Our Elders, or Stay Gold Society’s Happy Mail, all helping to combat loneliness in senior communities across the globe.
- Send letters of encouragement to people with OCD or other mental health conditions through Solely Sunshine.
- Write encouraging notes for Find Your Anchor Box to support folks in a mental health crisis. Use a small piece of paper to create short notes like “you are so incredibly loved!” and send them to: Find Your Anchor 1050 Calle Cordillera, Unit 104, San Clemente, CA 92673.
Don’t have stationery? No problem!
- Our co-founder Cynthia Germanotta enjoys surprising her loved ones with ecards. With Greet for Good, you can support and share the work of over 230 nonprofits while sending good wishes.
- Send a text, email, or DM to someone you feel you’ve taken for granted to let them know you’re grateful for them!
Volunteer to support others:
Offering our time and showing up to support a friend or stranger is an invaluable and urgent act of kindness. The following tools and resources can help you get started:
- Volunteer to be there for someone online through 7 Cups.
- Take 5 minutes on BeThere.org to learn how to recognize when someone is struggling and better lean into difficult conversations.
- Become a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line.
Volunteer to do your civic engagement
- Encourage others to register to vote and raise social consciousness with HeadCount.
Here are a few other ways you can offer a virtual helping hand:
- Lend your eyes to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives through the app Be My Eyes.
- Decorate bags for Kids Foods Basket.
- Become a CareerVillage mentor to provide career advice to underrepresented youth from a wide range of backgrounds.
- Virtually volunteer with Bookshare and help provide e-books for people with reading barriers.
- Help provide translations for nonprofits worldwide focusing on crisis relief, health, and education by applying to volunteer with Translators Without Borders.
Be kind to YOU:
It’s also important to show yourself the same kindness you share with the world. To make sure you’re not pouring from an empty cup, take a moment for some self-care:
- Practice mindfulness through apps like Calm App, Headspace, Insight Timer, Liberate Meditation, and The Mindfulness App which offer helpful tools, resources, and tips to get started.
- Take care of your mental health through virtual therapy or digital wellness care tools like TalkSpace, BetterHelp, Open Counseling, or other affordable mental health care options
- Visit PleaseStay.us to pledge to stay here, find anchors to keep you here, and get resources for support.
Always remember what our co-founder Lady Gaga says, “Kindness is a free currency, and we all have it to give.” A world of opportunities to cultivate kindness exists within you and is right at your fingertips – it’s as easy as clicking a link, picking up a pen, or taking the time to be present.