Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

The “United We Serve” initiative began in January 2013 with President Obama’s call for Americans to volunteer and has arguably developed into Random Acts of Kindness all across the country. To make your mark, here are some great examples of Random Acts of Kindness:


  • Volunteer
  • Smile
  • Pick-Up Trash
  • Pay for the car behind you via drive-thru or toll
  • Plant a Tree
  • Hold the door open for someone, especially an elderly individual
  • Allow someone to go ahead of you in line, especially if you have a lot of items versus their few or they have young children
  • Leave quarters in meters, at the laundromat, in candy machines and merry-go-round rides
  • Donate non-perishables to food pantry
  • Donate items you no longer use to Goodwill or Salvation Army, or on Craigslist or FreeCycle
  • Visit or Read to Elderly


  • Conserve Water
  • Use Reusable Water Bottle
  • Recycle
  • Use Digital Coupons versus Paper
  • Use Reusable Shopping Bags
  • Carpool
  • Conserve energy

Neighborly for family, friend, neighbor, hair stylist, bank teller, massage therapist, stranger, etc.:

  • Bake
  • Rake leaves
  • Mow


  • Donate books
  • Tutor children
  • Host an international student


  • Complete employee surveys
  • Return a shopping cart
  • Buy locally–small businesses and farmers markets
  • Become an Organ Donor
  • Donate Blood
  • Donate your Hair to Locks of Love
  • Write a Hand-Written Thank You
  • Tip Generously
  • Compliment waiter/waitress or customer service representative by asking to speak to their manager
  • Give a positive review on Etsy, Angie’s List, etc.
  • Fill up a strangers’ gas tank
  • Upcycle
  • Thank public service employee: mail carrier, firefighter, police officer, etc.
  • Offer repair man, technician, etc. a beverage


  • Stranger on hair style, outfit, jewlery, etc.
  • Mother or father for their parenting techniques
  • Company’s products or services via phone or email (as opposed to negative remarks)

For additional Random Acts of Kindness, see the following resources:

Do you have young children or time restrictions? Check out: Random Acts of Kindness Online and Volunteerism


“About United We Serve.” United We Serve. Serve.gov, n.d. Web. 11 Aug. 2014.

–August 2014–


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