Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition 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 960,000 participants in 61 countries around the globe in 2015, including the USA, UK, Germany, Denmark, France, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Argentina, India, South Africa, and more. More than 3 million hours of volunteering were given in over 11,000 projects on one day.
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 businesses, corporations, organizations, academic institutions, communities, and nonprofits.
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 USA and all over the world. NASDAQ partnered with Good Deeds Day in 2014 and then again in 2015 to send out a call to action to the international business community in its Closing Bell ceremonies, raising awareness to becoming more involved in society.
Some moments from Good Deeds Day, worldwide: