[Guest Blog] 8 Ways to Spread Kindness, Extend Grace and Give Back to Our Community

Published May 28 2020 11:39 AM 2,194 Views
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This post was written by MVP and RD Dux Raymond Sy as part of our Humans of IT Guest Blogger series. In this article, you'll learn ways to help support your community during challenging times.

 

In tough times, it is heartwarming to witness people coming together to support each other to overcome challenges we are facing. All of us can help in many ways and make an impact in our respective communities.

 

Happiness researcher Sean Achor demonstrated through his extensive research that if you perform random acts of kindness for two minutes a day for twenty-one days, you can actually retrain your brain to be more positive. Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

 

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I’ve seen how kindness can be contagious, from companies like Microsoft offering Microsoft Teams for free to nine-year old Chloe sewing face masks to support her community in Muncie, Indiana.

 

Are you wondering what YOU can do to show some kindness during challenging times? Here are 8 ways you can help today:

 

  1. Help your local community
    Do grocery runs, yardwork, or help setup video calls for your elderly or at-risk neighbors. Here’s a flyer you can use and distribute in your local community. 

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  2. Upskill people with your knowledge
    Present in virtual events, post instructional how-to videos on YouTube or answer questions on online communities. There are tons of folks who can benefit from your tech know-how. For example, you can help train teachers on the basics of Office 365 and Microsoft Teams to deliver online learning. Or perhaps mentor those who recently lost their jobs on what the next best steps are. In fact, Microsoft Stores have been conducting virtual trainings regularly.

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  3. Volunteer as IT support in your organization
    As most people are working from home, it can be challenging to seek remote help from IT. If you are technical and can help your colleagues, volunteer as IT support in your organization.

  4. Encourage your user group to adopt a local non-profit org
    Tons of local non-profits need technical help not just during this time, but in a longer term, sustainable fashion. What if you can encourage your user group to adopt a local non-profit and support their technical needs in a sustainable way? Check out how TechTriad does it in Guilford County, NC.

  5. Check on family, friends and colleagues
    Pandemics can be stressful – recent reports show that anxiety and depression is on the rise. Be intentional in reaching out and make the extra effort to connect. A simple “How are you?” via text message or call can mean so much.

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  6. Serve at local food banks, shelters and related non-profits
    There are a lot of local non-profits distributing food and necessary supplies to those that are in need. If the risk is minimal for you, consider helping. For example, you can look up a local foodbank in the US and search for volunteer opportunities: https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank

  7. Consider providing your products or services for FREE
    Just like Microsoft, another way to help is to offer your products or services for free. For example, we are seeing IT teams heroically firefighting issues as their organization’s collaboration environments and processes have shifted to remote work. As such, my company, AvePoint, gave away free products and services to help support organizations as they do remote work.

  8. Donate blood
    Currently, there is a “severe blood shortage” worldwide. In the US alone, nearly 2,700 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled, resulting in about 86,000 fewer donations and more cancellations are expected. If you are healthy, consider donating blood. You can go the Red Cross website to learn how: https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html

How about you? Any other tips you can share on how we can help during this time? Post it :backhand_index_pointing_down:

 

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