Digital Deeds

It is hard to find time during the work week to volunteer, so I knew it would be important to identify ways to perform random acts of kindness online.

UN Volunteers

Finding volunteer opportunities that fully utilize your skill set can be difficult. This website matches organizations and volunteers based skill and interest. Once you create a profile you can apply for opportunities. The application process seems overly involved, but I’m sure it helps the organizations select the right people.


Similar to the UN website, Catchafire utilizes the volunteer’s unique skill set. They seem to have a different scope for their opportunities, and it could be a great way to build your resume since it has more of a business focus. I haven’t found an opportunity I want to apply for yet, but I am keeping a close eye on the site.


I have been posting my random acts of kindness on Twitter, and unite4:good tweeted at me about likes4:good. It’s a great source of inspiration. I cannot wait to post about some of my good deeds, and support worthy needs.

This list is a great starting point as I build this philanthropy habit. It will be fun getting involved in these online communities.

If you have some spare time tonight, check out my all time favorite feel good website, Free Rice!

Good Will Wednesday – The Start

I have yet to build a habit related to giving generously. It has been difficult for me to reconcile the idea of coming off as a braggart versus using this blog as a way to focus my efforts when developing better habits. Ultimately, this blog is for personal development, and I know my intentions are pure.

Habit: Perform a Random Act of Kindness every day for 66 days

Start Date: Sunday, 10/16/2016

Projected End Date: Wednesday, 12/21/2016

Action Plan:

  • Volunteer at the RW Food Shelf
  • Read 2 books about philanthropy
  • Watch 3 TED Talks about philanthropy
  • Watch a documentary about philanthropy
  • Find online volunteer opportunities
  • Find volunteer opportunities in the RW art community
  • Find a volunteer opportunity with the Project Management Institute
  • Complete the Headspace Gratitude pack
  • Track my random acts of kindness on Twitter
  • Post weekly on Wednesdays about my progress

Incentive: If I complete a random act of kindness everyday for 66 days, I will celebrate by participating in a fun charity event.

Lofty Goal: Give generously

I’ll be building this habit throughout the holiday season. Focusing on acts of kindness and becoming more active in my community should only increase my holiday spirit!

Do you have a favorite volunteer activity? Please share in the comments below!