By Martine Costello
May 18, 2018
To mark its 200th birthday, Eastern Bank reached out to the community and encouraged them to partake in acts of good. For each of the first 200 acts of good that were received via #JoinUsForGood, the bank donated $25 to Girls, Inc., a nonprofit focused on helping young women be “strong, smart, and bold.”
Eastern Bank kicked off its special 200 Acts of Good initiative with sports’ legends Doug Flutie and David Ortiz in a video message asking social users a simple question, “What’s an easy way to do good?”
“It’s not always something you have to do, it’s something you want to do,” said Flutie.
“When you work as a group, as a team, everything processes better—everything gets better,” added Ortiz.
As Eastern Bank Partners for Good, Flutie and Ortiz worked on raising awareness around Eastern Bank’s initiative. When they first launched the “Good 200” initiative on April 15th, their 200th anniversary, acts of good were shared all over social media. And the acts of good helped so many groups of people—veterans, neighbors, orphans, the hungry, and more.
Here are some examples of what community members did as well as suggestions for how they encouraged others to get involved:
Christina Sheehan (@wowgirl1975) tweeted that she is running in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. in October for Team #HomesForOurTroops. She plans to raise funds for custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans. “It’s ‘easy’ to run 26.2 miles for great causes like this!” she wrote.
On Facebook, Maggie Hauver suggested providing homes for people with special needs, no matter their age. “Until you do this, you have no idea how much joy they bring into your home,” she posted. Hauver adopted three girls over the years, and they’ve all grown to become amazing women. One of Hauver’s daughters has even gone on to volunteer at Girls, Inc. herself.
Debbie W. (@rockdelight) tweeted that an easy way for people to do good is to simply be aware of their neighbors. This could be done by simply offering to help shovel a snowy walkway. “This winter showed me I could help my neighbors, that I didn’t know well, by just helping with snow removal,” she wrote.
Billie-Jo Tozzi (@TOZZ101540) suggested that people do good in their everyday lives with random acts of kindness such as giving up their seat to senior citizens, holding the door open for someone, or picking up litter in their neighborhood.
Marc Vitticore (@MarcVitticore) tweeted about a tradition, which began in 2014, to honor veterans and help rescue dogs at the same time. They raise money at high school football games for service dogs. “We started a tradition to honor those who put their lives on the line for us,” he said.
As Flutie and Ortiz said, doing good isn’t just an action you take—it’s something that comes from within, something that inspires you to help others and be a part of a community that works together. You can do good in your everyday life by simply lending a helping hand to the people around you.
#JoinUsForGood by partaking in acts of good within your community.
“Doing good isn’t just an action you take—it’s something that comes from within, something that inspires you to help others and be a part of a community that works together.” – Doug Flutie and David Ortiz, Partners for GOOD