Leap of Kindness Day
February 29, 2020
What will you do with an extra day?
What will you do with the extra day we all get this Leap Year, on Saturday, February 29, 2020?
Our idea – – take part in Leap of Kindness Day and do something kind for someone else.
What is Leap of Kindness Day?
On Saturday, February 29, 2020, we all have one additional day in this Leap Year.
We believe the best way to use this one extra day is to do something kind for someone else. We call this Leap of Kindness Day.
Leap of Kindness Day was invented in 2016 in Saratoga County, NY by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce . That Leap Year, on February 29th, all across Saratoga County, employers, employees, individuals and families took action and did something kind for someone else. There were contributions of food, clothing and money to area organizations. Special meals were prepared and delivered to first responders, police, fire, and health care workers. Gift cards were donated to US Navy Sailors stationed in Saratoga County. Flowers and socks were brought to residents of local nursing homes and children in area pediatric units received coloring books and toys.
So as the 2020 Leap Year Day approaches, we want to bring Leap of Kindness Day to our community! We are sending a special message to all of our non-profit members to find out what your needs are.
Share with us right now what we can ask our members to do with their extra day in 2020 for your organization and the people you serve.
Send us your ideas and your requests. We’ll share them with our members and connect you with those who sign up to fulfill your request.
Chambers of Commerce everywhere sign up to celebrate Leap of Kindness Day
Local chambers of commerce across the US are often the facilitators of events, celebrations and movements that bring together leaders and individuals from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to get things done.
That’s really what Leap of Kindness is all about. Inspiring everyone in your community to do something kind for someone else on the extra day we all get on February 29th during a Leap Year.
In 2016, there were 52 chambers of commerce that took part in Leap of Kindness Day.
In 2020, we’re doubling down on Leap of Kindness Day. This summer, we shared our invitation with hundreds of chamber leaders at ACCE’s National Convention. We’ve already had over 100 agree to host and facilitate their own celebration of Leap of Kindness Day, in 2020.
Click the image to the below to see those chambers of commerce who have indicated they want to participate in Leap of Kindness Day 2020, on February 29th!
Leap of Kindness Day motivates people to donate food, clothing, money, etc. to area nonprofits
#LeapOfKindnessDay offers you a chance to motivate your organization, business, or community to donate to local impact sector organizations. Late-winter donations of clothing, food and money often decline after the Holiday Season. Here’s a chance to reverse this trend!
Leap of Kindness Day can be used to solicit donations by impact sector organizations themselves. Share with your community the idea that if they’d like to do something kind for someone else on the extra day we all have in Leap Year that your organization would welcome donations of whatever specific items you need.
Leap of Kindness Day can help build team work & workplace morale
Employers can use #LeapOfKindnessDay to build employee morale with a focus on kindness and community.
Organize a food drive, a clothing drive, or team up to volunteer and help a local charitable organization.
Reaching out early and selecting an organization to help might result in new ideas. For instance, a local organization in Ballston Spa, New York, organized a “sock drive” because that was the number one request of residents in a local nursing home.
Start right now and make it a contest to see which local business can collect the most food, the most clothes, or the most money by February 29th. You can then schedule to bring your donations to the impact sector organization of your choice on February 29th.
Questions or need more information. Contact maggiel@greaterbeloitchamber.