Random Acts of Kindness
Kindness during uncertain times is a great way to connect friends, neighbors and communities when they need it most.
We challenge you to find time to share a random act of kindness with a friend, coworkers, neighbor, stranger or loved one.
Take a photo of what you did and share it on social media to help inspire others and spread positivity. Be sure to tag United Way of Greater Stark County and include #unitedinkindness so we can see your ideas!
Masks are an important need in our community right now, keeping individuals safe as they go off to work.
If you are able to sew masks at home, please consider donating some to a community collection located in North Canton that is helping to distribute to health care workers and other nonprofit organizations. Mask donations can be dropped off, with no contact, in the grey bin near the north door at Poggio Amorelli Bed & Breakfast, located at 832 S. Main St in North Canton.
You can view the recommended style of mask and instructions online here. We'd love to see the masks that you make, be sure to tag us and share your creations!
There are so many people going out to work so the rest of us can safely stay home right now. Show some love and thanks to all the essential workers by decorating your sidewalk or driveway with a message of thanks! You can also decorate a window or door to brighten their day. Be sure to take a photo and share it with us using #unitedinkindness! We’d love to see what you come up with!
April 15 - 21, 2020
Let’s show some love to our educators! Help us Thank a Teacher for Teacher Appreciation Week coming up in May!
Teachers change the lives of so many children every day — their immense work and impact moves us beyond words.
Submit your message of appreciation below and we’ll share everyone’s messages to teachers throughout the community to help celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!
Our community’s educators play a pivotal role in our children’s lives, inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success.
Throughout our community, there are many struggling with social isolation. With added restrictions on visitors and activities at nursing facilities, those being cared for could use an act of kindness from a stranger to help brighten their day.
We challenge you to make a card (or multiple) with an uplifting message to an elderly stranger. Make it a craft project to do with your household! Write a card telling them about yourself, include your favorite quote, tell a joke and let them know they are loved.
The facilities listed have residents they would love to share your cards with! Be sure to take a photo and share it with us by tagging United Way of Greater Stark County and listing #unitedinkindness.
• Arbors at Minerva, Attn: Admissions, 400 Carolyn Court Minerva, OH 44657
• Danbury Senior Living, Attn: Leasa Albanese, 181 Applegrove St Ne, North Canton Ohio 44720
• The Laurels of Canton, Attn: Dan, 2714 13th St NW, Canton OH 44708
• The Laurels of Massillon, Attn: Jenna, 2000 Sherman Circle NE, Massillon OH 44646
• Community Care Center, Attn: Residents, 200 E. State St. Alliance, OH 44601
April 1 - 7, 2020
- Send an e-card to a resident of a local nursing home or facility for the staff to share with someone feeling extra isolated right now. These facilities have had to put in place restrictions on visitors causing many of our senior citizens to feel lonely and disconnected. See the list below for locations that offer this service and will help distribute the messages to those that most need it right now.
- Email Arbors at Minerva and they will get the message to the residents. Be sure to include “Arbors Resident” in the “To” field and leave the room number blank
- Email The Laurels of Canton an upbeat message. It will be distributed to a resident without family. Be sure to include “Message for Laurels Resident” in the subject line.
- Email The Laurels of Massillon an upbeat message. It will be distributed to a resident without family. Be sure to include “Message for Laurels Resident” in the subject line.
- Send a teacher or child care worker in your life an e-gift card for their next coffee or tea. Starbucks offers this service or you can also support small businesses by purchasing through one of the many local coffee shops!
- While at the grocery store, purchase a gift card and give it to the cashier as a thank you for helping to keep the stores running smoothly.
- Have extra stationery or need a craft project? Send a card in the mail to someone to say hello and that you’re thinking of them!
- Leave a porch present for an elderly neighbor or family with kids by baking an extra loaf of bread or a dozen cookies. If your spring blooms are starting to appear, a couple of stems can also go a long way to brighten someone’s day!
- Do you have a shared library in your neighborhood? Stock it up with books you don’t read anymore, CDs you're looking to donate or some extra pantry items on hand.
- Write kind messages and add cheerful drawings with chalk to your sidewalk or driveway to bring a smile to those walking by.
- If you’re enjoying a walk to get out of the house, bring a trash bag along with you and help pick up trash along the way.
- Receiving deliveries of groceries, packages or meals? Consider leaving a small gift of some baked goods, a bottle of hand sanitizer or other treats with a note for them to take as a thank you for working so others can stay home.
- Help with some spring lawn cleanup for an elderly or sick neighbor, friend or family member.