Good Deeds Day is an annual celebration of good, calling everyone to come out together and give of themselves for the benefit of others. People can unite around good. Just imagine the impact! If every person does something to make a difference, and communities, organizations and corporations give of their time and skill to help others, lives will be improved, and our world will be a better one.
Good Deeds Day was initiated by Shari Arison, to bring hearts closer together and help create positive change in the world. People from all walks of life and any culture or age, have connected to the simple idea of Good Deeds Day, volunteering to spruce up neighborhoods, distribute food to the needy, help in homes for the elderly, clean beaches and parks, and do much, much more on this day that has become an international tradition of good.
Starting in Israel in 2007 with some 7,000 participants across the country, Good Deeds Day has since annually gained greater popularity, spreading beyond geographical boundaries to include hundreds of thousands of participants in 50 countries around the globe, including the US, UK, Germany, Denmark, France, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Argentina, India and South Africa.
It is always overwhelming to see the outpour of goodwill on Good Deeds Day, where so many come out to give of themselves for the benefit of other people's lives, and for the good of the planet. Good Deeds Day is organized by Ruach Tova (NGO), under the auspices of The Ted Arison Family Foundation, widening the circles through partnerships with communities, corporations, organizations, and Jewish Federations.
MTV International campaigned Good Deeds Day 2012 for six weeks on its online and TV platforms, exposing the message to millions of viewers and encouraging them to share their deeds on a dedicated website. In 2013 and 2014, ABC Network partnered with Good Deeds Day for a grand kickoff event in Times Square in collaboration with volunteering organizations such as Jump Start, Habitat for Humanity NY City, and more, while hundreds of projects took place across the US and all over the world.
Israeli President Shimon Peres and Shari Arison launched Good Deeds Day 2013 in Israel, at Shalva (Israeli association for the mentally and physically challenged children) in Jerusalem.
Good Deeds Day Israel 2013
On the 7th Good Deeds Day held in Israel March 5, 2013, more than 370,000 Israelis joined Good Deeds Day to do a good deed for the benefit of others. This is an outstanding number in Israel. Internationally, Good Deeds Day takes place March 10, 2013.
In Israel, participation reached an all high with 191 local authorities including 81 Arab towns and villages, tens of academic institutions and 800 schools all over the country. Employees from 355 businesses and companies, 250 youth groups and thousands of soldiers, all took part in more than 5,200 projects organized especially for Good Deeds Day 2013. This year also saw the special launch of Good Deeds Day Also at Night, with writers and artists meeting in bars and cafes to discuss opportunities for activating people's goodness.
International Good Deeds Day 2013
Good Deeds Day 2013 was held internationally in more than 50 countries across the globe, and launched a day earlier with a grand kickoff event in Times Square, Manhattan.
In partnership with ABC Network, Good Deeds Day was showcased on Time Square supersigns, and a Doing Good Fair took place at the venue, organized by leading local and national volunteering organizations, such as JumpStart, CityArts, Habitat for Humanity, GenerationOn, and HALO. Good Deeds Day 2013 was celebrated the next day (March 10), and attracted more than 400,000 people across the globe. Participants joined in to do a good deed for the benefit of others, pledging their good deed on the Good Deeds Day site, signing up to engage in projects organized by local communities and organizations, or taking their own initiative to give of their time and skill, as their hearts' desire, for the benefit of others.
The circles of good are growing, expanding each year, as more and more people join the annual global tradition of Good Deeds Day.
International Good Deeds Day 2014
Taking place internationally on March 9, 2014, tens of thousands joined Good Deeds Day to do a good deed for the benefit of others and the planet, engaging in thousands of dedicated projects across 50 countries worldwide.
Collaborating with ABC Network this second year in a row, many Good Deeds Day activities took place in New York city ahead of the day, to spread the message and invite people to come on board and do a good deed for the benefit of others and the planet. Shari Arison kicked off the event in Times Square, launching a Good Deeds Day bus that invited New Yorkers to come on board and do a good deed at different nonprofits along the way. This good-doers' route included a shelter for domestic violence, youth centers, and more. Shari Arison was invited for the NASDAQ closing bell ceremony to spread the message of Good Deeds Day with the commercial community and people around the world.
It was inspiring to see people in action at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, decorating pillow cases and banners for children with cancer and underprivileged families. Free Arts NYC partnered with us in an after-school art making project exemplifying the ideal NYC. Lives were transformed through art also with CITYarts that created a huge mural for an underprivileged community, and GenerationOn and Jumpstart volunteers also expanded the circles and pumped up the volume of good this second year in a row, spending time with the elderly at a day care center and reading books to children at schools. FirstBook, Grow NYC, DoSomething, NYC Service, KTU, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and many more Good Deeds Day partners celebrated the end of a day packed with impactful activities at Planet Hollywood. ABC Network, our partners this second year in a row, campaigned Good Deeds Day in far-reaching media coverage across the US.
In Miami people prepared and distributed food baskets to the homeless, in the Bahamas a children’s home was renovated over a whole week ahead of Good Deeds Day to ensure work is completed on the day. They even replaced faucets and toilets to improve water efficiency on the grounds. In Israel all the local authorities participated, and 116 Arab cities and towns too. This is truly a cross-sectoral day that spreads joy and goodness throughout.
Some moments from Good Deeds Day, worldwide:
Good Deeds Day Israel 2014 in Israel
In Israel, all of the local authorities joined Good Deeds Day 2014, held March 11, including 116 Arab cities, hundreds of schools, youth group, and soldiers, thousands of academic students, and employees from 500 businesses. More than 550,000 people pledged to do a good deed via gooddeedsday.com, extending together more than two million hours of volunteering in some 8,000 projects.
Watch Shari Arison's NASDAQ closing bell address ahead of Good Deeds Day
Read about Good Deeds Day 2014 in The Bahamas
Read about Bank Hapoalim's Good Deeds Day 2013 project with SBH, caring together for NY's elderly and hospitalized people
Watch an interview of Shari Arison on Good Deeds Day 2012
Find out more about Ruach Tova
Go to the Good Deeds Day website, at www.good-deeds-day.org