We know how easy it is to get caught up in a daily routine. Sometimes we can forget that the smallest of things can make the most significant impact on someone else.
Just think how different this world would be if everyone took a few minutes out of their week to do something for someone else.
This holiday season, join ATI in our effort to make someone’s day a little brighter.
For the last 29 years, ATI has continued a long lived tradition of reflecting on what we are thankful for over the holiday season, while not forgetting those that are in need.
Every year, in lieu of sending our client’s extravagant holiday gifts, ATI makes donations on our client’s behalf to various local community food banks, Shepherd’s Gate, Relay for Life, and other charitable organizations.
But this year, we decided to mix things up a little by encouraging our entire team at ATI and our clients to take part and get involved with our tradition of giving back with a pay-it-forward like campaign that will be ran from November 1st – December 17th, “25 Acts of Kindness”.
For this campaign, each of our staff members at ATI and our clients were given a list of 25 tasks to complete. For each of them that completes the list, ATI will make a donation to a charity of their choosing. The intention of this campaign is to encourage everyone to spread a little kindness and joy to the world around us throughout the holiday season. But it’s also so much more than that. It’s something greater.
As we believe that kindness has to start somewhere – within. You see, when we treat ourselves with kindness, compassion, and understanding, these positive vibrations will overflow into our daily interactions with those around us and together, we can make a purposeful and lasting impact.
So, each “25 Acts of Kindness” that you will find on the list is meant to help us practice 3 types of kindness, self-kindness, kindness to the environment, and kindness to others. Therefore, the tasks are purposeful. As performing a variety of small acts cause a ripple effect, reverberating outward and spreading good vibes all around.
With that said, whether you are an employee, client, or someone who found this page through fate – this season we encourage everyone to get involved and to inspire one another.
Below you will find ATI’s 25 Acts of Kindness plus some additional bonus ideas. Spend some time giving back to others this holiday season, while also taking some time to focus on practicing self-kindness and kindness to the environment. You will find that each task is simple enough so that you can get your family and friends involved in the fun. Together, let’s make a purposeful impact this holiday season and inspire others to do the same.
Pick up garbage off the street (or the beach) when you see it.
The next time you are in line somewhere, ask someone if they would like to go ahead of you.
The next time you’re at a coffee shop or equivalent, treat the person in line behind you.
Buy or make a lunch for a homeless person. Don’t forget to stop and talk to them – you might learn a lot.
Get outside, get active, and go somewhere new. Ideally, this would be a new park, new hiking trail, or even join a new outdoor group activity. It could also be as simple as taking a new walking route around your neighborhood. Move your legs, breath fresh air, and take in new sights! Explore a little.
Call your parents or an old friend just to ask how their day is going. And don’t forget to tell them you love them.
Leave a post-it love note or inspiring message around the house or at work for someone to see (front door, bathroom mirror, refrigerator, etc.)
Send a colleague a quick email praising them for an accomplishment at work.
Start carrying around a refillable water bottle – the planet needs kindness too.
Give at least 3 strangers a genuine compliment.
Participate in either a fundraiser or volunteer for a charity/organization of your choice.
If you’ve been holding a grudge, let it go. Practice self-love and repair any damaged relationship you may have.
Donate old cloths or home goods to a non-profit instead of reselling them.
Smile at everyone you come in contact with.
Bake, cook, or bring your neighbor a small gift, JUST BECAUSE!
Bring a treat to a place where people have to work especially hard around the holidays (hospitals, firehouses, police stations, post office, or even just your child’s school. Remind these people that they are important!
The next time you are at the store, offer to take someone’s shopping cart back inside for them.
Don’t write the angry internet comment or status you are thinking of writing. The internet is already a dark place at times – spread a positive message instead. If you are not on social media, that’s okay. Send a positive email to someone instead.
When you are out with your family or group of friends, put your phone away or even better turn it off! Practice cherishing the moment and living in the present.
Leave an extra-large tip for your waitress, barista, or equivalent!
Choose a week during the course of the campaign when you will truly focus your energy on complaining less and saying YES more. See what life unfolds for you.
Give flowers to a well deserving person!
Talk to someone at work whom you haven’t talked to before.
Every morning, reflect on 3 things you are grateful for. If you choose, write these 3 things down in a small notebook as well. When you are done with the campaign, take some time to look back on all of the things you wrote down.
Your choice! This can be as small or grand as you want. Take this as an opportunity to think about what’s important to you and how you can give back to others in the kindest YOU way possible.
Kindness doesn’t have to stop with the list above. Keep spreading positivity year round with some of these additional bonus ideas. Feel free to also swap out some of the ones above with any of these bonus acts.
Donate a new toy to Toys for Tots
Put together a military care package and send it out!
Make a donation to your local animal shelter or rescue. Give them a call or check their website to see what they are in need of the most as each one may be different or only accept certain items.
Take over the chores for a few days that your partner typically takes on.
With so many animals waiting to be adopted, foster a pet from your local shelter!
If you’re holding out on starting “next week” on that workout routine for months now, the time is now. Commit to spending at least 30 minutes a day to an exercise routine that you can stick to.
Help reduce your carbon footprint by saving energy when you can. When you leave the house or go to sleep, unplug outlets and make sure to always turn off the lights!
If you aren’t the one who typically does the cooking, treat your partner, family member, or friend to a healthy home-made meal made by yours truly.
Community is just another way of saying connection and there are so many organizations out there that help create a kinder, happier, and better world that inspires this connection.
This inspires us.
Therefore, we have rounded up several organizations that our employees and clients can choose from once they have complete their Acts of Kindness. Each has been carefully selected and range in the ways they benefit our community. Each organization has a unique mission, and as a whole, they echo our goal of spreading kindness: kindness to ourselves, kindness to nature, and kindness to each-other. Take some time to learn about each. Which one inspires you the most?
If you are an ATI employee or client and have finished your 25 Acts of Kindness, fill out your completion form and select the charity that you would like to donate to under the “Finished? Choose a Charity” tab.
Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Thanks to donations and support from businesses, government organizations and individuals like us, the Feeding America network of food banks, pantries and meal programs serve virtually every community in the United States — 46 million people, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
Learn more about Feeding America: http://www.feedingamerica.org/
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) is an award-winning, nationally recognized leader for its unique mission of “People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People.®” Founded in 1991, ARF rescued more than 38,000 cats and dogs and has expanded its national outreach and education programs. ARF elevates pets in our society, enhances connections, and transforms the bond between people and animals. Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, ARF is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by donors in all 50 states and internationally, receiving no government funding. In 2018, ARF earned the highest possible rating – four stars – from Charity Navigator for the 11th consecutive year. Only one percent of charities reach this milestone, and ARF is proud that 86 cents of every dollar goes directly to its programs.
Learn more about Arf: https://www.arflife.org/
NAMI California is a grassroots organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. They advocate for lives of quality and respect, without discrimination and stigma, for all their constituents. NAMI provides leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education and support throughout California.
Learn more about NAMI: https://namica.org/
Alternatives in Action inspires Bay Area youth to realize their leadership potential and prepares them for college, career, and community life through dynamic educational, skill-building, and real world experiences. Their schools, programs, and partnerships provide innovative opportunities and support that help children and youth succeed and ultimately become contributing adults.
Because they believe in the power and promise of young people, Alternatives in Action inspire them, support them, and create opportunities for young people to make a real difference.
Every day, they are growing the leaders who will transform our schools, our neighborhoods, and our world. And we can help! If we want our young people to have more, all we have to do is help them get ready for it – they’ll do the rest.
Learn more about Alternatives in Action: https://www.alternativesinaction.org/
Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world.
Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.
Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $407 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
Learn more about Fisher House Foundation: https://www.fisherhouse.org/
Q. How long will the campaign run?
A. November 1st – December 17th. Please complete all tasks and your online completion form by the 17th. You can find the completion form on the “Finished? Choose a Charity” tab.
Q. I am not an ATI employee or a client but am interested in taking part in 25 Acts of Kindness. Am I am to do so?
A. Of course! We encourage everyone to get involved and practice kindness. However, we are only able to make a donation to a charity for our employees and our clients. With that said, still feel free to download a copy of the “25 Acts of Kindness” List here and have fun. Also, make sure to share any images you may have taken while completing your acts using #ATIkindness. We want to see!
Q. There is a task on the list that I am unable to complete, what should I do?
A. Don’t stress. You can still complete the activity. Head on over to “The List – Get Inspired” tab and simply swap out this task with one of the additional kindness ideas located here.
Q. I ran out of “Kindness Cards” and want more.
A. You can download Kindness Card Printables on the “Kindness Printables” tab.
Q. I have pictures that I want to share from my experience, where can I send these?
A. You can send everything to Sarah McCorriston, Marketing Coordinator (email@example.com). When you submit your Completion Form, you will also have the opportunity to upload any images at this time.
Q. I have another question that wasn’t answered here, who should I contact?
A. Ask away! Please contact Sarah McCorriston, Marketing Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any additional questions.