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#LeapOfKindnessDay

February 29

GBCC Leap Day of Kindness

GBCC Leap Day of Kindness

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.

Here’s what our local nonprofits are requesting:


The most desirable items we are currently searching for is word search books. This will have the greatest impact our Client Services that will help provide opportunities for people that have disabilities or disadvantages. Also, we are seeking out any arts and crafts materials as that would help provide tremendous assistance to our Client Services that they would be thrilled to receive. In addition, we are also looking for wet wipes as this would enhance the quality of our Client Services by keeping the surfaces that our clients work with clean, while also keeping them healthy as well.  

Contact Andrew Galauner, Development Assistant at agalauner@kanduindustries.com or call 608-755-4123×318 

Treat someone you care about to an independent film at BIFF. Screenings on Leap Day start at noon and run well into the evening. Lots of incredible motion pictures to enjoy. And the dollars you spend go toward supporting a hard-working non-profit arts and entertainment organization! We are also looking for volunteers to help at any one of the BIFF film venues. You can be a greeter, a ticketing agent, an announcer, or even a film tech operator! There’s lots of work to do! And smiling volunteers are always a welcome sight to all of our visiting filmgoers! Contact Ana Kelly, Ana@beloitfilmfest.org or call (773) 818-5010 

We could use about 3 hours of handyperson skills (1-2 people), a handy person with a drill to tighten cupboards, wash interior and exterior windows, wash chairs, change lightbulbs – 12-foot ceilings. Looking for donation as for the following items:  

1.      We need new and gently used board books and preschools books donated as part of our Early Literacy efforts to put books in the hands of our clients.  

2.      We need diapers size 2, 3,4,5,6 and wipes.  

3.      Gift cards to purchase coffee, creamer, water, paper goods (plates. napkins, plastic silverware, toilet paper, paper towel) for client events and meetings  

4.        Office supplies  

5.      Little tykes <5 for activities ~ 30 each:  hula hoops, balls, bats and balls, bubbles, sidewalk chalk 

Contact Becky Suehring, at 608 754 3722 or email rebeccard@nhawic.org

Financial gifts made to United Way Blackhawk Region are invested into 54 local, effective programs delivering services to those who need it most. United Way is still shy of its $2.4 million dollar goal, and every contribution counts. Dollars stay in our community to make a positive difference in the lives of friends and neighbors, right here at home.   

Advocate  

Anyone can champion the cause. Whether you’re speaking out to improve the health, education or financial stability of our community members, you can help inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.  

Volunteer 

United Way Blackhawk Region hosts a free, volunteer hub for folks interested in lending their time and talents get connected to local organizations in need of volunteers. More than 40 nonprofits, service clubs, municipalities and community organizations are currently recruiting. Click here to Get Connected or visit LiveUnitedBR.org/volunteer. 

We have 5 team community projects that the participants are working on this year . One project needs to generate funds at least 4,000 dollars to benefit CASA. The monies will be used for the production of a video to use for recruitment of volunteers and public awareness in Rock County. The LDA group is both fundraising and facilitating the video production. We would also be happy with either gift baskets of up to 100 dollars or just a flat monetary donation to CASA. Contact Trinia Jackson at tjackson@beloithealthsystem.org

Another project needs items to renovate and furnish three sensory/resource rooms in Middle Schools in the Rock County Area (McNeel in Beloit, Edison in Janesville and Milton): Bean bag chairs, throw pillows for chairs, smaller area rugs, small sound machines or radios, illuminating or light up seating cube/ end table /ottoman, large exercise balls to sit on and bounce, wedge cushions, cloth tunnels, small indoor tents, in addition to these items, any monetary considerations would also be greatly appreciated. We have set up a GoFundMe which provides more details on our project and our goals.https://www.gofundme.com/f/rock-county-school-improvements?member=3352722&utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email%2Binviteacceptedemailtoteammember

Contact Amanda at Amanda.Everly@bakertilly.com

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Wisconsin  

On Saturday, Feb 29th, we are having our Bowl For Kids’ Sake (BFKS) fundraising event at Rivers Edge Bowl in Janesville at 1p.  Our request from Greater Beloit Chamber would be sponsors, donors, and/or teams to attend our event.  The “Leap of Kindness” would be those that would like to support BBBS through our BFKS event. Contact Mike Gosenheimer, Board Member / BFKS Event Coordinator at mikeg@bbbs4kids.org or 262.728.8865 





Project 16:49

We would love and appreciate gift cards for fast food, pizza and groceries to give to our unaccompanied homeless high school students for Spring Break.

Other items that are especially needed and helpful:

  • gas cards
  • toilet paper
  • HP printer ink (950/951, 952, 962)
  • full sheet,  half sheet and 6 to a sheet labels
  • 4 twin mattresses
  • 2 twin xl box springs
  • 32″ smart tv
  • Menards gift cards

Contact Tammy DeGarmo at tdegarmo@project1649.org

Community Health Systems, Inc.

During the summer months, we host two “Back to school Nights” to get kids ready for a great academic school year. We not only provide physicals, eye exams, and immunizations to 500 local kids, we also give kids the necessary supplies they will need for the school year.

We know that back to school shopping can be tough financially on many families and that is where the community steps in to help. Each child receives a backpack filled with notebooks, pencils, colored pencils, markers, crayons, ruler, erasers, pens, loose leaf paper, and folders. We would appreciate donations of any or all of these items!

More than 54% of the kids and families our clinic serves live at or below the 100% federal poverty limit. We want kids to focus on being kids and excel in the 2020-2021 school year.

Contact for Delivery/Set up:
Ana Montoya at amontoya@chsofwi.org

Stateline Family YMCA

Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Financial gifts made to the Statleline Family YMCA’s Annual Community Campaign allow the YMCA to help strengthen the community by providing funds to support youth lifesaving safety around water skills, providing parents the ability to go to work without having to worry about the cost of childcare, providing for a session of sports for a youth to help build confidence and by providing 12 weeks of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program for Cancer Survivors trying to reclaim their health. Help us continue to Build Committee.
Click here today for a stronger tomorrow


Volunteer:
The Stateline Family YMCA is looking for volunteers for our Stateline Strong Kids Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, March 14th. There are a number of volunteer posts to choose from with varying times between 8:30a.m.-2:30p.m.

If you are interested in helping please contact:
Jennifer McClone
Jmcclone@statelineymca.org
608-365-2261

Here’s what our members are doing to help:

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.org or 608-365-8835.

Check out some of the TV news coverage for Leap of Kindness Day 2016 in Saratoga County, NY

Details

Date:
February 29
Event Category:

Organizer

Greater Beloit Chamber
Phone:
608-365-8835
Email:
Maggiel@greaterbeloitchamber.org
Website:
https://greaterbeloitchamber.org/

Venue

Eclipse Center
3 Eclipse Blvd.
Beloit, WI 53511
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Phone:
608-755-4123
Website:
http://www.eclipseeventcenter.net/

Details

Date:
February 29
Event Category:

Organizer

Greater Beloit Chamber
Phone:
608-365-8835
Email:
Maggiel@greaterbeloitchamber.org
Website:
https://greaterbeloitchamber.org/

Venue

Eclipse Center
3 Eclipse Blvd.
Beloit, WI 53511
+ Google Map
Phone:
608-755-4123
Website:
http://www.eclipseeventcenter.net/