Random Acts of Kindness Week 2020 kicks off on February 17, 2020—meaning you can have seven heart-warming days of giving back. February 17 is also celebrated as Random Act of Kindness Day, so whether you plan on doing good deeds the whole week or on the final day, it all counts—and we’ve rounded up 50 random acts of kindness ideas to inspire you. Best of all? You can actually do these all right from your phone.
Here are 50 easy ways you can spread kindness for Random Acts of Kindness Week 2020.
50 Quick Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do From Your Phone
1. Start very simply: Text a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and remind her that she’s awesome.
2. Shop with a purpose: Linking your credit card to the Beam app allows you to donate one percent of purchases at sponsoring brands and retailers to charity.
3. Find a volunteer opportunity using VolunteerMatch.
4. The Blood Donor App alerts you when there’s a shortage or need for your blood type in your area and connects you with local blood drives.
5. Round up with Coin Up. This app lets you choose from 250 charitable causes to round up purchases and donate to through the app, and you’ll even get a tax receipt at the end of the year. You can also set goals and limits for your donations.
6. Learn about the struggles of refugees using the My Life as a Refugee app from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
7. Leave a kind comment.
8. Alternatively, resist the urge to leave a snarky one.
9. Download the Karmic app, which will assign you an easy act of kindness everyday.
10. Use the Tab for a Cause browser, which donates to charity for—you guessed it—every tab you open.
11. Share the love with a selfie (or a pic of your pet, sunset heart hands, whatever) with Donate a Photo. The app, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, donates $1 to selected causes for every pic sent to its site.
12. Write a LinkedIn recommendation.
13. Check-In for Good lets businesses donate to charity each time you check in, and it’s also a cool way to discover new local eateries and shops.
14. Make small but meaningful changes to your daily routines using the Instead app, which suggests tiny tweaks (brewing your own coffee vs. buying a Styrofoam cup of Joe, taking the subway instead of paying bridge tolls and parking fees) that will save you money — that you can use to donate to good causes.
16. If you’re comfortable with apps that track your location, the Give 2 Charity app donates to charities in exchange for some of your data.
17. The JustGive app is a simple tool to search through charitable causes and find one to support.
18. Share an uplifting or empowering song. (Get some suggestions here!)
19. Using the One Today app, donate $1 to specially selected charities right through your phone. You can set up periodic alerts and share with friends to increase your giving and do-gooding.
20. Play Games for Change.
21. Share a GoFundMe on social media.
22. Peruse the petitions on Care2 and sign ones that resonate with you.
23. Employ the GiveTide app. When connected to a credit or debit card, it rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and donates that amount to a charity of your choice.
24. Get moving! Charity Miles donates to causes for every mile you walk, skip, run, bike, wheelbarrow-race, roller skate—you get the picture. (You can compound the charitable donations if you use this on a charity-sponsored marathon of some kind!)
25. Make an inclusion pledge.
26. Email a thank you to someone who’s made a difference in your life.
27. Download the Kindness App to inspire you to warm someone else’s day throughout everyday.
28. Help a blind or visually-impaired person with Be My Eyes. The app lets you video chat with someone who may need help checking an expiration date, putting an outfit together or some other small task we take for granted everyday.
29. Post literally anything involving puppies, kittens or Betty White and you’re pretty much guaranteed to brighten someone’s day.
30. Show your dog, as well as pets in need, some love with Wooftrax. The app donates to animals in need with every walk you and Fido take. Whether you’re a dog owner, a dog walker, a shelter volunteer or pet sitting for a pal, this would be incredible for you!
Walk for a Dog also lets you track your dog walking activity and share it with others. The more you share, the more donations for local animal 31. welfare charities.
32. The STOPit app lets you anonymously report cyberbullying and harassment in the workplace.
33. Share the Meal lets you donate to fight world hunger through the United Nations World Food Programme. Tapping the app on your phone will donate 50 cents, which can feed a child for a day.
34. Freerice lets you donate to the U.N.’s World Food Programme through its ad-supported games—you don’t have to donate any of your own cash if you don’t want to, and you may learn a thing or two while you play.
35. Share or re-post a friend’s cause or business.
36. Set up a friendly challenge with friends and family through the Budge app—loser makes a charitable donation, and really, everyone is a winner in the end.
37. Post or share an inspiring Instagram message.
38. Paying for coffee or lunch with your phone? Calculate a generous tip, then add an extra buck.
39. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
40. Call a lonely relative and tell them a dad joke.
41. OurCalling helps you find aid for homeless persons in participating areas.
42. If you live in New York City, you can use the 311 app to get assistance for homeless persons.
43. Concrn lets users in participating areas find compassionate responders—not necessarily emergency personnel—to help homeless persons get help they need.
44. If it’s available in your area, download TangoTab to find local restaurants. Check in to a participating eatery and the restaurant will donate to fight hunger.
45. Using your Starbucks app? Secretly pay for the next person in line.
46. Use Greater Good’s Click to Give to donate to hunger relief, rainforest preservation, animal welfare, autism awareness, veterans, breast cancer research, literacy, diabetes research, Alzheimer’s research and more.
47. Think of someone who constantly posts offensive memes or status updates, but that you haven’t unfriended. Then make a choice: Either send them a message saying you hope they’re doing well and checking in on how they’re doing (because if they’re that angry, they could probably use some love in their lives), or unfriend/unfollow them entirely and commit an act of kindness towards yourself.
48. The Pay It Forward App connects you with convenient ways to do acts of kindness in your community everyday.
49. Download the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt App (GISH) to do good while having fun and learning new things (and potentially winning prizes like exotic trips).
50. Driving or biking somewhere? Meeting a friend for dinner? Put your phone away!
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