On October 1, 2017, unthinkable tragedy hit the great city of Las Vegas. A senseless act of hate has left many people feeling a number of emotions, one of which is hopelessness.
For us here at the #HomeMeansBlog, the shooting hit very near to home. We were introduced to Mary Rendina and a grassroots movement she started called #58RandomActsOfKindness (read the full story HERE).
Inspired by Rendina and the more than 5,000 people in this Facebook group, we’ve set out to spread 58 random acts of kindness throughout our community, too!
AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We hope you’re inspired and spread a little kindness in your hometown. Please use this post and the Facebook page for kindness ideas, and then SHARE what you’re doing to make a difference. We will continue to add to this page!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Home Means… Facing Your Fears For Others
Do you remember when I went Over The Edge last year to raise awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada (in case you missed it, you can find the story here)? Not only was it the scariest feat I’ve overcome, but it was the most rewarding and fun experience! If you want to do something kind for children in our community, sign up today (or help us send Ky Over The Edge). Use the promo code “FREE2018” at checkout through the end of June to waive your sign up fee.
So if you’re afraid of heights or unsure about taking the first step, I challenge you to put those fears aside and do something kind for others today.
Home Means… Inspiring Kindness Around the Nation
Today’s #58RandomActsOfKindness is unique. Have you ever heard of the nonprofit Think Kindness? If not, the long story short is they inspire kindness in schools and communities around the world. They are AMAZING, to say the least. Happening right now, they are hosting the first-of-its-kind National Kindness Speech Contest.
The contest is open to children ages 5-18, and they must write and record a two minute kindness speech. All entries will be judged by some of the country’s top youth speakers before the finalists’ submission are judged by America. The best part? The top three winners are awarded money to the kindness project of their choosing. We can’t wait to see the final entries! So, what is your kindness speech going to be about?
Home Means… Keeping Your Community Clean
Spring has official sprung and with warmer weather on the rise, there is no better time to get outdoors and volunteer than now. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is hosting their 12th annual Great Community Cleanup on Saturday, May 5. This is your chance to keep the community looking good while enjoying some sunshine.
Tell us how you’re volunteering to keep your state clean to be featured here on the site!
Home Means… Running for a Good Cause
You may have read the headline and thought “Running? How can that be a good thing?” Don’t worry, I’m right there with ya. Alex here… I’m not talking about bettering your health (even though living an active lifestyle is important). I’m talking about running, or walking, to support a non-profit organization.
Even this seems more like a planned act of kindness than a random one, it’s going on the list because I can’t think of a better way to get active while giving back! Most 5k walk/runs aren’t about who can make it to the finish line first. If you’ve ever been to one then you know most people wear costumes and walk the course (this is my favorite way to finish a 5k)! While the event is fun, it’s all about supporting an organization that is doing good in the community.
A popular run here in northern Nevada is called Moms on the Run, and the proceeds raised help cover everyday expenses for families facing hardship as a result of a tragic circumstance. The main focus on the organization is to help those with gynecological and breast cancers.
This of course is just one example of how to give back while having fun. Beneficial fun runs happen all over the country! Share with us your favorite event to get involved with and why.
Home Means… Sending Support to Survivors
The #58RandomActsOfKindness grassroots movement began after a tragic act of hate struck in Las Vegas, Nevada. Four months later the unthinkable happened again, this time in Parkland, Florida. To touch the hearts of the students and teachers facing unimaginable pain, people from around the nation are sending letters of love. If you’d like to send a letter, please address it to the following:
Stoneman Douglas High School
5901 Pine Island Road
Parkland, FL 33076
Home Means… Supporting Local Businesses
In the world of technology and leaving reviews on sites (like TripAdvisor, Glassdoor and Yelp!), it’s easy to leave a nasty comment or capitalize on a bad experience. BUT what if you started to share more positive feedback than negative? There is so much power that comes from a review. If there is a local business in your community that you love to support, give them a nice review online today during your free time!
Coming up later this week on the #homemeansblog, we’re introducing you to a local company in our community. STAY TUNED!
Home Means… Getting Involved
“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
There is no better way to spread some kindness than by getting involved and giving back. Volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada has increased my knowledge on the issue at hand, and taught me things we can do to better serve those in the community. My grandmother and great aunt both had Dementia which is what initially led me to the organization. Since doing news stories, I’ve been able to serve as an emcee for their annual walk, and I now sit on the walk committee.
I’ve also recently started taking American Sign Language classes Nevada Hands and Voices. This opportunity allows me to work on my goal of becoming fluent to better serve a community that I feel often gets overlooked.
Finding something you’re passionate about and getting involved normally requires an hour of your time each month. Seems doable, right? Giving your time to those who need help is a wonderful way to spread some kindness.
Here on the blog we’ll be sharing stories of people we meet through our volunteering efforts, hopefully inspiring you to find organizations in your community that hit close to home. What groups are you involved in? Share your stories here with us on the #homemeansblog!
Home Means… Paying it Forward
If you like coffee then you’re not alone. Did you know that nearly 83 percent of Americans love sipping on a cup of Joe? Next time you stop at JoStella Coffee Company, Starbucks or The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, spread a little kindness by paying it forward.
Home Means… A Simple Note
This week’s random act of kindness is another one that is impactful, but priceless. You most likely have neighbors, whether you’re in an apartment or a house. Want to know a simple way to brighten up someone’s day? Leave a kind note for them on their front door. Whether they see it on their way to work or when they get home, it’s sure to put a smile on their face! How are you spreading kindness today?
Home Means… A Simple Hello
Today’s random act of kindness is simple and priceless. Say “hello” to five strangers throughout your day, and watch them smile a little. You never know the battles someone is facing, and a simple “hi” could be just what they need to make them feel better. Who have you said “hello” to today?
Home Means… Giving the Gift of Life
I’ve never donated blood. Many times it’s because I was unable to, but other times, I was a little scared. What if I fainted? What if losing all that blood made me sick? What if… but that all changed on October 1, 2017.
The tragic shooting that struck my hometown left me feeling helpless. Not being in Las Vegas to comfort loved ones and contribute to the efforts around town made me feel helpless. That week a co-worker and I went to United Blood Services, and for the first time I donated blood.
United Blood Services is in need of your help year-round. Don’t wait to help save a life. Find the blood drive nearest to you today and donate. Today I stopped by the 32nd All Reno Radio Blood Drive at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada.
If you plan to donate blood, or have participated in a drive recently, please share your experiences with us here at the #homemeansblog. How will you help save a life?
Home Means…Donating to the Right Places
Every charitable organization seems to be in need of something. Usually it’s money, but after a holiday like Christmas there sure is a lot of extra stuff to give away, right?
If you’re like me, it sure feels good to clean out the house with extra stuff no longer useful to me, but can make the day of someone else.
The Goodwill and Savers are knee-jerk places to drop off your old things…and sure, they help local organizations, but their impact is minimal compared to other, hyper-local non-profits like The Good Shepherd Clothes Closet.
Here, people are given vouchers to take donated clothing absolutely free. Traditional thrift shops charge…not here!
This way, those who need clothing most are being helped in the most practical of ways. They are the place I love to donate and are right in the heart of where our city’s homeless are on Record St.
And when I have things other than clothes to give away, Catholic Charities is my preferred thrift shop. Their food pantry feeds so many people!
Combined, these two organizations help over 100,000 people right in our own community. Amazing.
Home Means giving…to the right place can make the difference!
Home Means… A House of Help. A House of Hope.
Did You Know:
- There are nearly 53,000 homeless youth in the United States
- More than 3,500 teens are homeless in Reno, Nevada
- Homeless youth suffer from suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Moving can be a hassle, especially when you’re trying to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of. For weeks I thought about what I would do with my desk, and then someone suggested I take it to the Eddy House. The nonprofit organization, which was founded in 2011, works to END youth homeless in Reno. As northern Nevada’s central intake and assessment facility, they plan to fulfill this mission by doing extensive outreach programs in the downtown Reno area.
Eddy House is one of many nonprofits that gets overlooked, especially this time of year. These are some items we picked up from the store to bring by their offices today. If you’re looking for ways to give back and spread kindness in the community, they are looking for the below list of items to be donated. You can drop off all donations at their building on 423 East 6th Street, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- Shoes: all sizes for new athletic shoes and new winter boots
- Back Pack with Pockets
- Mobile Chargers
- Bus Passes (7 day reduced fair – $9.75 each)
- $10 Gift Cards (food or necessities)
- Lip Balm with SPF
- Handwarmers (need 500)
- Hoodies (SM-2XL) – black or charcoal grey
- Underwear – women’s low-rise underwear (XS-XL)
- Sports Bras – all sizes
- Hanes T-Shirts – black (SM-2XL)
- Boxer Briefs – mens (SM-2XL)
- $5 Gift Cards – food
- Deodorant – all types
- Moisturizer – for face and hands with SPF
Eddy House Wish List
- Printer Ink (Brother: J885DW, Lexmar 410DE, HP 475dw)
- Cordless Drill and Bits
- Nail Assortment/Screw Assortment
- Year Subscription for 2 – HMIS/Clarity
- Sponsor a membership for the Coalition on Homeless Youth for Eddy House
- Gift Certificate to Sindex Printing
- Bi-monthly Amazon Pantry Box
- 2 Diffusers + Oils
- Walmart/Target Gift Cards
“What are you doing here,” 9 year old Malachi asks as he sees me standing in the lobby of the Boys and Girls Club. His twin brother, Izzy, follows closely also questioning my reason for being their designated pickup.
“I’m just here to take you guys to Coconut Bowl for your birthday,” I said.
They instantly jumped up and hung on each of my arms, all 4 foot, 75 pounds of them.
Their birthday wasn’t the only reason I organized this trip with their mom.
I won’t go into details, but they had a rough day last week. Personalities and conflicts far out of their control and even further from their doing would be a good reason for these pretty rad boys to be pretty bummed out.
So a trip to Coconut Bowl we made…fries, shakes, arcade games, prizes, and McDonald’s were on tap for just a few hours out of the day.
I just wanted to let them know other people care about them, that they are worth being around.
Not to mention, this 24 year old (25 on the 15th) had a much needed recall to childhood and they fed my soul with plenty of that.