Good Deeds Day marked its 10th anniversary in 2016. A decade of good deeds has impacted the world by spreading and realizing the simple idea that we each can choose to do something good for the benefit of others and the planet.
Involving millions across the globe, Good Deeds Day 2016 took place in more than 70 countries worldwide, to reach a new high of 4 million volunteering hours given on one day by some 1.5 million people from all walks of life in 15,000 dedicated projects. Good Deeds Day also serves as a springboard for year-round volunteering activities.
In Israel, the birthplace of this global initiative (since 2007), Good Deeds Day 2016 was held March 15, with 1,300,000 participants nationwide. 99% of the local authorities took action, more than 1,500 business groups were involved, 200 youth groups, 40 academic institutions, and hundreds of schools and kindergartens. Over 14,000 Good Deeds Day projects included blood donations, volunteering with populations in need, donating clothes and holding second hand markets, helping out in animal shelters, and much much more. Flagship projects also showcased the Makeathon, where 80 industrial designers collaborated together to develop innovations for poeple with special needs, Design for Change, where some 5,000 children from 100 schools guided by 250 teachers took action for good, eight large-scale city events in central locations invited families and passers-by to choose wayts to do good on the go, Lectures at the Pub, involved people on a night out who raised discussion about good led by celebrities, and more.
International Good Deeds Day 2016 is held April 10 in 70 countries across the globe, including Brazil, Italy, Africa, Taiwan, and the USA (in 42 states), with a grand 10th anniversary event at the iconic Herald Square in Manhattan, where over New Yorkers joined celebrities, innovative nonprofits and corporate partners collaborating together for good, including Scholastic Book Fairs reading circle, a KIND Snacks wellness yoga activity, Macy’s handing out a special bounce-back card, Adrian Grenier’s Mobile Kitchen Classroom, Food Citizen Action Commitment, and photo booth. Additional activities across the city included Candelighters NYC, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ronal McDonald House, Disc NY, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and more.NASDAQ honored Good Deed Day a third year in a row, and in its Opening Bell Ceremony was held on April 8, sending a call to action for business communities to increase their involvment in the community.
Good Deeds Day won the 2016 George W. Romney Affiliate Excellence Award, due to exhibiting outstanding excellence in leveraging, engaging and managing local change makers, and illustrating how individuals are motivated to collectively create change to address community needs. People of the world, from all ages and backgrounds, come together on this special day to do good and create a better world for us all.
In 2016, Good Deeds Day holds super strong digital presence, with participants worldwide sharing their deeds of good in pics and posts on social media outlets, using #GoodDeedsDay on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, or connect on Facebook.