Deliberate Acts of Kindness Month – February 2020

First United Church is encouraging congregants and members of the community at large to engage in DELIBERATE Acts of Kindness during the month of February. This will require work, forethought, planning and commitment. The Acts named below emphasize food insecurity/poverty and climatechange/environmental resilience, two areas of great concern to the congreation.

* Items brought to First United Church will be delivered to the appropriate location. Consider partnering with someone to purchase expensive items.

Week 1: February 1-2

Saturday, February 1

Compliment a stranger. Pray that our initial Acts of Kindness will inspire even more acts of kindness.

Sunday, February 2

Bring* an item for MCUM Pantry: Laundry detergent, dish detergent, all-purpose cleaner, facial tissue

MCUM Pantry

827 W 14th St. Bloomington, IN 47404

Week 2: February 3-9

Monday, February 3

Put a book in a Little Free Library.

Tuesday, February 4

Serve a meat-free meal.

Wednesday, February 5

Mail a “Thinking-of-you” card or note.

Thursday, February 6

Donate to MY SISTER’S CLOSET: Resalable women’s clothes, jewelry, unopened make-up, resume paper, paper towels

My Sister’s Closet

414 S College Ave. Bloomington, IN 47403

Friday, February 7

Plan to car-pool to an event.

Saturday, February 8

Donate old towels and/or unopened dog or cat food to the Monroe County Animal Shelter.

Monroe County Animal Shelter

3410 S Walnut St. Bloomington, IN 47401

Sunday, February 9

Bring* an item for Shalom Center: socks, blankets, gloves, back packs, tarps

Shalom Center

620 S Walnut St. Bloomington, IN 47401

Week 3: February 10-16

Monday, February 10

Turn off unnecessary lights. Switch out one or more household lights with LED bulbs.

Tuesday, February 11

Compliment and thank a teacher, bus driver, delivery person, and/or custodian for their service.

Wednesday, February 12

Use a travel mug or reusable bottle for beverages all day.

Thursday, February 13

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Friday, February 14

VALENTINE”S DAY! Tell someone you love them.

Saturday, February 15

Wash a load of laundry in cold water and air dry whatever you can.

Sunday, February 16

Bring* an item to be given as a prize for Jail BINGO: Stick deodorant, bath soap bars, shampoo, toothpaste (all full-sized)

Week 4: February 17-23

Monday, February 17

Write to legislators regarding an environmental issue. Paper, envelopes, stamps, and addresses will be available at First United Church.

Tuesday, February 18

Hold open a door for someone behind you.

Wednesday, February 19

Offer to do a chore or run an errand for a shut-in.

Thursday, February 20

Drop a quarter in an expired parking meter.

Friday, February 21

Pick up trash/litter.

Saturday, February 22

Call someone who lives alone.

Sunday, February 23

Bring* reusable shopping bags to share.

Week 5: February 24-29

Monday, February 24

Make a treat and share it.

Tuesday, February 25

Decline plastic straws. Acquire your own reusable straw.

Wednesday, February 26

Bring in a neighbor’s trash and/or recycling bins.

Thursday, February 27

Shop using only reusable bags.

Friday, February 28

Donate reusable household items to OPPORTUNITY HOUSE. Shop there and volunteer.

Opportunity House

907 W 11th St. Bloomington, IN 47404

Saturday, February 29

LEAP YEAR! Please determine your own Act of Kindness for today.