By Lorelei Erisis | November 13, 2018 | 3 Minute Read
World Kindness Day 2018 will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Tuesday, November 13th. Introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, this celebration is an opportunity to make a difference by looking for volunteer opportunities that you can participate in—no matter where you are.
The World Kindness Movement is a collaboration of different movements from around the world that inspires others to be more caring—whether that means being compassionate to the people around you or partaking in random acts of kindness.
What does it mean to be kind? Take time to find ways you can give back to your community or those close to you. Think about how you can pay it forward and treat others how you would like to be treated. Being considerate of others and what makes them different coincides with the mission of this movement as well.
Now more than ever, it’s important that we’re respectful of the people around us. This respect and compassion can be shown by volunteering at your favorite nonprofits, donating money to those in need, and/or standing up for those who may not always have a voice.
For nearly 50 years, the Pine Street Inn has worked tirelessly to support nearly 2,000 homeless individuals daily and nearly 9,000 annually. Your donation goes a long way to help provide food, shelter, job training and placement services, and more to those in need.
With the recent victory during the midterms for “Yes on 3,” you may be looking to do more to help make our Boston area kinder and our LGBTQ youth safer by pledging your support to BAGLY, the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth.
If you’re looking for something a little more hands-on, VolunteerMatch is an easy-to-use service that connects you to nonprofits and opportunities like helping a visually-impaired neighbor in Allston, or mentoring immigrant youth in Cambridge and Somerville.
Make the world and your own lives better and kinder, and learn more about the science of kindness.