Good Deeds Day 2017 Recap: Bringing Colleagues and Volunteers Together to Improve Lives
Good Deeds Day was celebrated yesterday in dozens of countries. People across the world volunteered with the collective goal of improving the lives of others.
The annual tradition of good deeds started back in 2007 by businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison. The big day was launched and organized by Ruach Tova (NGO), a part of The Ted Arison Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Arison Group.
There was a big push this year for awareness within workplaces – which paid off as lots of brands – such as MacDonalds, Nasdaq, Young Leadership DC, Courtland Consulting, Kaya Tours, and MentorPrize – were involved on the day and/or spreading the word through social media. For many, volunteering at a Good Deeds Day event was a perfect way to spend a Sunday getting to know colleagues better while making a difference to lives.
Good Deeds Day has grown from a one-country event involving 7,000 volunteers helping with 130 projects to a staggering 1,500,000 volunteers working on 14,000 projects across 75 states by last year!
With 100,000s of volunteers, tales of 2017 good deeds are plentiful. Notable achievements include:
- A Las Vegas community on Good Deeds about 120 students and community leaders packed produce, donated blood and assembled Passover baskets Sunday to contribute to an international day of giving. https://www.reviewjournal.com/life/students-leaders-give-back-las-vegas-community-good-deeds-day
- Anthropologist, Development Practitioner and Youth Activist Sandra Mwarania (@SMwarania) promoted human rights by offering free legal aid with @scohrakenya @amnesty
- @Penn_State, @UHouston & @UTSA chapters of the Honor Society team took on #GoodDeedsDay by volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House
- Volunteeers at the Lee Montessori Public Charter School in Brookland helped to tidy up the school’s exterior by preparing a playground structure, building garden beds, and painting
#GoodDeedsDay Makes Splash on Social
Twitter saw a big spike in use of the GoodDeedsDay hashtag recently. Our team was able to identify over 1,800 tweets and 1,000 accounts which included #GoodDeedsDay in the last week. Some of the most followed accounts sharing the latest Good Deeds Day news included: @inquirerdotnet @KenyaRedCross @NASDAQ and @TeletonMexico
Good Deeds Day 2018 will take place on April 15. Follow the #GoodDeedsDay conversation to keep up to date with more reports from the 2017 event and announcements for next year’s big day.
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