We can expect certain things every four years: Olympic Games, elections and Leap Years (except three times every 400 years). The fact of the matter is that Leap Years allow us an extra day. This year, Chevrolet invites you to think about what good can be done with one extra day.
Today is Leap Day, and Chevrolet’s #DayItFoward campaign puts an emphasis on putting the added time toward helping others, doing something nice for a stranger or participating in a random act of kindness. Even the smallest of gestures can mean the world to somebody, so tell me, how are you going to make the world a better place? Here are some local charities to get you started.
Formerly known as Leukemia Research Life, Kids Without Cancer has been raising money to fund pediatric cancer research throughout Michigan for more than 30 years. It is a volunteer-run organization. If you want to get involved in helping this heartbreaking fight against pediatric cancer, you can volunteer your time or skills, or donate.
If you have a passion for animals (and who doesn’t?), consider helping out this fine organization. DDR is the only no-kill shelter in the city of Detroit. It rescues stray dogs off of the streets and advocates for alternatives to euthanasia. You can help out by volunteering as a kennel attendant, donating supplies or adopting a dog and giving him/her a forever home!
The Baldwin Center’s mission is to help the men and women living in poverty in Pontiac. It feeds those in need with the Baldwin Family Soup Kitchen, the Homeless Breakfast and Shower program and much more. It also provides donated clothes, has various education programs and empowers those in poverty with things like health and fitness classes. Get involved by donating or volunteering.
Ann Arbor’s Food Gatherers serves 150 nonprofit agencies and programs providing direct food assistance. It delivers free or low cost food, provides training programs and offers customized food training safety. Food Gatherers rescues food that would otherwise go to waste from more than 300 local sources. Ways to get involved include volunteering, giving money or donating food.
Others ways to #DayItForward are more simple than you think. Buy a coffee for the person in line behind you, help somebody who you see broken down on the road or simply say thank you to someone who has done something for you.
Whatever you choose to do, be sure to share it on social media using #DayItForward, or mention what someone did for you today as well. Happy Leap Day, everyone!