Kindness goes a long way, don’t you think? If you can do large gestures of kindness, then great! But there are small acts of kindness you can do that are just as effective.
If you’d like to spread some love in your community, but you’re not sure where to start, then we have some suggestions to get you started below.
Donate Your Time
Donating your time to a cause is great because organizations can always use volunteers. And in a city like New York, there is no shortage of organizations seeking help. Here are a just few:
- God’s Love We Deliver is a non-sectarian organization that cooks and delivers nutritious meals to those living with serious illnesses. Volunteers for GLWD offer comfort in the form of custom meals when illness gets in the way of their ability to prepare healthful and nutritious meals for themselves. You can visit GLWD’s site to learn more about their mission as well as volunteer here.
- The North Shore Animal League is very well known in New York for their tireless work with animals. They also happen to be the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. You can volunteer in many capacities at North Shore, not just by making monetary donations or adopting a pet. For example, they rely on social media volunteers to spread the word too. Click here for all the ways you can help.
- The Food Bank for New York City‘s mission is to “provide our NYC neighbors the food they need today for a better tomorrow”. Volunteers are welcome to help with a variety of tasks that you can view on their site.
- NYC Parks can use some volunteers to beautify the city’s green spaces as the weather starts to warm up. If nature is your thing, then volunteering to keep NYC green is a no-brainer!
These are just a few of the NYC organizations you can volunteer at. In fact, they happen to be some of the bigger programs in the city, but there are so many organizations (big to small) that can use your help! If you’d like explore some more on your own, we suggest visiting VolunteerMatch and NYC Service to find one that you feel passionate about.
Small Acts Add Up
It’s true that a small random act of kindness goes a long way as well. You may not even realize how much you’ve brightened someone’s day by doing the following things:
- Leave a handwritten note for a friend. A post-it on the door of a fellow Webster guest or a handwritten card that you mail to a loved one back home. It takes very little time, but letting someone know you were thinking of them, and put it in actual writing (not a text!), is priceless.
- Purchase coffee for someone standing behind you in line. Standing in line for your morning coffee along with all the other under-caffeinated patrons can be a headache at times. This act of kindness can start a chain reaction of paying if forward.
- Skip the text, call instead. Ok, we get it, not everyone likes to talk on the phone (raise your hand if you’ve sent someone to voicemail and then texted them immediately after!). But even a five minute conversation can brighten someone’s mood.
- Pick up discarded garbage while walking through the park. This is a simple act that shows pride in the community you live in.
There’s an organization called Random Acts where you can get some more ideas as well as celebrate those who have posted some as well (as seen in the photo and link below).
Our guests at The Webster Apartments are the kindest group of women. If you’re feeling a in a bit of a rut this winter, then why not sign up to volunteer or spread a little love with a small act of kindness? Kindness goes a long way!