Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy, volunteerism and collaborative leadership, is encouraging community members to perform random acts of kindness in celebration of the 17th annual National Random Acts of Kindness Week, which runs from February 12 to February 18. The weeklong worldwide celebration is spearheaded and inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, an international nonprofit that focuses on reminding people of the choice to be kind by providing tools and resources to make kindness more common in everyday life.
Northfield Shares invites everyone to participate in the special week and experience the unique enjoyment that comes from doing good things for others. Ideas for implementing simple acts of kindness as well as an outline and themes for days of the week can be found at northfieldshares.org/kindness. Participants are encouraged to contact Northfield Shares to share how they joined in the celebration and promoted kindness.
Mike Krance, Northfield Shares executive director, said, “A small act of kindness – whether it’s bringing treats to a coworker or picking up trash as you go about your day – can really bring everyone together and connect individuals on a personal level.”
Inspiring kind acts, specifically volunteering, is essential to the mission and vision of Northfield Shares as a way to create a generous community that is fueled by engaged members. Jennifer Sawyer, Northfield Shares board chair, said, “Encouraging participation in broad opportunities, like National Random Acts of Kindness Week, allows individuals to more easily get involved in service towards others.”
Krance added, “The power of seemingly little things truly has a strengthening impact on communities.”
Northfield Shares is the Northfield area’s community foundation founded to advance philanthropy, inspire volunteerism and promote collaborative leadership. The organization was formed when 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation merged.