50 Acts of Goodness – The Start of The Good People Network

2017 was a challenging year for me. I lost a dear family member and a beloved fur-baby. We moved houses and welcomed a newborn into the family. I constantly felt sad when watching the news. And so, my New Year’s resolution for 2018 was to look beyond my own stress and do 50 Acts of Goodness for my community in Pittsburgh, PA. I decided to document it all on an Instagram account — @thegoodpeoplenetworkofpgh — in order to keep me accountable and to also share the good work that is being done in the community. Enough with the despair and more action to make the world a little better of a place!

I have never kept a New Year’s Resolution in my entire life. This, however, was too important. I was terrified that I would make this very public declaration and then fall flat on my face mid-year. I consulted with a few friends who were experts in volunteerism and in fundraising, did tons of research on non-profits in my area, and spent much time scrolling through Instagram to establish my account. Ultimately, my Year of Goodness evolved organically.

So, here is what entailed — I did 51 Acts of Goodness with my friends and family in 2018. We donated time, money, and materials to 32 unique non-profits. We made birthday treat bags, raffle baskets, lunches, dinners, satchels, greeting cards, literacy kits, and “Goodness” bags. We cleaned bathrooms, packaged diapers, organized donations, helped foster parents “shop,” ran credit card machines at fundraisers, wrapped gifts, and delivered food. We learned a lot about what it takes to run a non-profit, how to throw an effective fundraiser, and how to fill a need in the community.

We also learned that doing good work not only helped others, but it helped our own well-being too! I know that I have changed in this Year of Goodness — mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. I still have a lot to learn, but I feel like I have a better understanding about my fellow neighbors, about socio-economic issues, mental health, maternal health, and so on. I’ve looked up from my own anxieties and have realized that I can be a part of a beautiful network of good people who are there to lift each other up in their times of need.

The non-profits that we supported in 2018 were diverse and supported babies, children, foster families, families who are struggling financially, disabled individuals, elderly, veterans, homeless men and women, postpartum families, refugees, and the environment. I cannot explain how amazed I am at the people who dedicate their lives to these causes. They are true super heroes and deserve much gratitude and help from our community.

If you are interested to learn more about any of the organizations that we have supported, check out the website listed below or message me.

Acme Family Endowment Inc.

Allegheny Land Trust

Bethlehem Haven

Beverly’s Birthdays

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania

CASA of Westmoreland, Inc.

Cards for Hospitalized Kids

DonorsChoose.org

Dress for Success Pittsburgh

Epilepsy Foundation

Excela Health

Foster Love Project

Foundation for Hospital Art

Free Store Wilkinsburg

Free Store 15104

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Hello Neighbor

Jeremiah’s Place

Just Harvest

Light of Life Rescue Mission

Love for the Elderly

North Hills Community Outreach

Operation Gratitude

Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net

Postpartum Support International

Renewal, Inc.

Rise Against Hunger

Satchels of Caring Foundation

Save the Earth Projects (S.T.E.P.)

United for Women

United Way — Be a Middle School Mentor

Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank

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