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Leap of Kindness Day 2020

What will you do with an extra day?

The Saratoga County Chamber's second #LeapOfKindnessDay, will take place, on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Leap of Kindness Day now happens every 4 years. The idea is to get as many people in our community as possible to use the extra day we all get in a Leap Year to do something kind for someone else.

Our first Leap of Kindness Day was in 2016.

Locally across Saratoga County, we had hundreds of people take part in this celebration of kindness. Some cooked breakfast or delivered lunch for first responders. Others delivered flowers or socks to residents in local retirement homes. Local employers collected clothes, food and money for a wide range of local charities. Others acted individually sending a thank you card to someone who meant a lot to them.

Beyond Saratoga County, there were more than 50 chambers in 30 states who joined the Leap of Kindness Day celebration.

And now as we inch closer to Leap of Kindness Day 2020, our goal is to see that even more individuals and employers come together to do something kind for someone else using the extra day they will get on February 29, 2020.

If you'd like to help us grow this program in 2020, please use the button below to make a donation to the Saratoga County Chamber Foundation so that we can advance this cause.

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What will you do with an extra day in 2020?

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce wants to invite you to use your extra day during Leap Year to do something kind for someone else. EVERYONE is invited to participate. Below are a wide range of ideas and suggestions to help you get started.

Sign Up Today for 2/29/20

We're inviting businesses, impact sector organizations, public agencies and individuals to "sign up" to take part in Leap of Kindness Day, on February 29, 2020. You can sign up to request a donation or act of kindness that would be of benefit to your organization or the people you serve. You can sign up to indicate that when the time comes that your business or organization will volunteer to help others. You can sign up as an individual to stay informed as to what local organizations need that you might provide as we get closer to celebrating Leap of Kindness Day on February 29, 2020 and using this extra day we all get during Leap Year to do something kind for someone else.

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Local chambers of commerce across the US are often the facilitators of events, celebrations and movements that bring together leaders and individuals from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to get things done.

That's really what Leap of Kindness is all about. Inspiring everyone in your community to do something kind for someone else on the extra day we all get on February 29th during a Leap Year.

In 2016, there were 52 chambers of commerce that took part in Leap of Kindness Day. CLICK HERE to see the Google Map and list of those who participated.

In 2020, we're doubling down on Leap of Kindness Day. We recently shared our invitation with hundreds of chamber leaders at ACCE's National Convention. We've already had over 100 agree to host and facilitate their own celebration of Leap of Kindness Day, in 2020.

This web page is full of ideas and suggestions. for local chambers. But if your chamber has any question, please call 518-584-3255 or email us at info@saratoga.org. You can also sign up to participate below and we'll share everything we have with your chamber!

Start by using the official Leap of Kindness Day logo

The #LeapOfKindnessDay logo is open source and was designed to be shared with organizations everywhere. Everyone is invited to use this logo in order to promote participation in your own Leap of Kindness Day activities. Feel free to copy it from this page or to contact Keith VanVeghten at the Saratoga County Chamber via email to obtain a copy for use online, in print, etc.

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Distribute Leap of Kindness Day Cards to inspire participation!

One of the simplest and perhaps most meaningful ways for individuals to take part in #LeapOfKindnessDay is to invite them to send a thank you note or card to someone that means a lot to them.

In 2016, we printed and distributed Leap of Kindness Day cards to the nearly 1,000 attendees at our Chamber's Annual Dinner as a means of inspiring them to participate.

The cards have the Leap of Kindness Day logo on the front. They are blank inside. On the back, we included our Chamber's logo, the hashtag #LeapOfKindnessDay and the words: "Created and shared with you by the Board of Directors and staff of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.

Please take this idea and run with it!

Download your Leap of Kindness Day card here.
For the original inDesign file, please contact Keith VanVeghten. This format will allow you to add your company logo and/or text.

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Leap of Kindness Day motivates people to donate food, clothing, money, etc. to area nonprofits

#LeapOfKindnessDay offers you a chance to motivate your organization, business, or community to donate to local impact sector organizations. Late-winter donations of clothing, food and money often decline after the Holiday Season. Here's a chance to reverse this trend!

Leap of Kindness Day can be used to solicit donations by impact sector organizations themselves. Share with your community the idea that if they'd like to do something kind for someone else on the extra day we all have in Leap Year that your organization would welcome donations of whatever specific items you need.

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Leap of Kindness Day can help build team work & workplace morale

Employers can use #LeapOfKindnessDay to build employee morale with a focus on kindness and community.

Organize a food drive, a clothing drive, or team up to volunteer and help a local charitable organization.

Reaching out early and selecting an organization to help might result in new ideas. For instance, a local organization in Ballston Spa, New York, organized a "sock drive" because that was the number one request of residents in a local nursing home.

Start on February 1, 2020, and make it a contest to see which local business can collect the most food, the most clothes, or the most money by February 29th. You can then schedule to bring your donations to the impact sector organization of your choice on February 29th.

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Nonprofits can thank their local supporters on Leap of Kindness Day

While many private sector organizations will mobilize to collect donations for local nonprofits and charitable agenices, the nonprofit organizations themselves might consider thanking their donors and supporters on Leap of Kindness Day.

Leap of Kindness Day is a great day for nonprofit executives and development directors to drop off a thank you note or a special certificate to your donors and volunteers.

CLICK HERE - to read how WellSpring used Leap of Kindness Day to thank those who are helping them to end relationship and sexual abuse.

CLICK HERE - to watch a video of Rebuilding Together delivering a gift card to two of their best volunteers.

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Larger companies can share Leap of Kindness Day everywhere

Some organizations have offices or facilities in multiple cities, states or even across the globe. The employees in all of these places all have an extra day every Leap Year. Leap of Kindness Day can be celebrated everywhere.

In Saratoga County, Fingerpaint Marketing invited their employees in New York, Philadelphia, Arizona, and New Jersey to participate. They shared photos on social media of the acts of kindness performed on that day by employees in each office.

In 2016, thanks to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, we even saw one post from their employees in India taking part in Leap of Kindness Day.

 

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Invite elected officials to participate in Leap of Kindness Day

Leap of Kindness Day is meant to be a day when we all do something kind for someone else no matter what political party we may support.

Invite your local elected officials to participate. They might want to volunteer or host a free event for seniors. Maybe they want to make a special donation to a local organization or to join with others collecting clothes, food or other supplies for the homeless, Veterans, etc.

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Inspire people of all ages to get involved in your community!

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What will the people who live in your community do with their extra day during Leap Year? We say invite them to participate in Leap of Kindness Day, on February 29th. They may bake cookies for their teachers or buy lunch for someone in the armed services and thank you for the inspiration!

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Everyone can participate in Leap of Kindness Day 2020

Below is a list of just some of the many acts of kindness organized by individuals, businesses, nonprofits, schools, etc., in Saratoga County, New York, to celebrate the first Leap of Kindness Day, February 29, 2016. Perhaps one of these ideas will inspire you to participate in Leap of Kindness Day, on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

  • Students in the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School will be doing 4 different events (2 for Brave Will, Adopt a Soldier, breakfast for bus drivers).
  • The staff at Saratoga Arms will provide the Saratoga Chapter of Hospice a kindness bag, full of Saratoga Arms food, treats and amenities.
  • Senator Kathy Marchione is hosting a Leap of Kindness event with free coffee and donuts at the Mechicville-Stillwater Senior Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Monday.
  • Specialty Silicones is collecting items to make a donation to Adopt-a-Soldier.
  • Sweet Mimi’s Cafe will be delivering 4 dozen of our signature chocolate chip cookies to the Saratoga Hospital Nursing home. Our cookies always inspire a smile!
  • Saratoga Family Dentistry will be participating in the Leap of Kindness Day by asking all 7 of our practice locations to donate items for the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. We are also asking patients of our Saratoga to help pool together donations as well.
  • Skidmore Dining Services is donating dinner to Code Blue and Skidmore students will deliver it!
  • CAP COM Federal Credit Union will be donating to the Respite Program at AIM Services Inc. and delivering breakfast to the NYS Troopers and the Malta-Stillwater EMS.
  • The ACTIVE Network is selling homemade breakfast items, appetizers, various foods and Mocktails in the office to collect donations.These donations will be used to pay it forward to our local CODE BLUE SARATOGA.
  • On February 10 -12 Alpine Sport Shop customers received travel mugs as gifts. Through the month of February, they could bring it to UnCommon Grounds, it was filled with coffee, and they received a bagel for free! This special promotion ends on February 29, Leap of Kindness Day. Alpine Sport Shop is also donating over $1000 to St. Baldrick's Foundation in honor of Leap of Kindness Day.
  • The Tunison Funeral Home will be dropping off socks for the residents and cookies for the staff at The Wesley Community.
  • ACO Property Advisors, Inc. will be donating canned goods to Franklin Community Center Food Pantry.
  • St. Clement’s religious education grade 8 girls plan to make a food donation to the St. Clement’s food pantry and make greeting cards for residents at Prestwick Chase.
  • Mrs. Nelsen's 4th grade class at Caroline Street School are making cards for the residents at Prestwick Chase.
  • NHS and NJHS students from Galway will be: playing monopoly at The Home of the Good Shepherd, making breakfast for CSEA employees, delivering baskets of snacks and cookies to EMS and firefighters, conducting a basketball clinic and making cards.
  • Roohan Realty is collecting snack items for the Franklin Community Center's Project Lift as well as items for Operation Adopt-a-Soldier. The firm is also hosting a dessert social for seniors at the Embury Apartments.
  • The Joint Clifton Park is collecting for the Shenendehowa Helping Hands Food Pantry. We have a list of items they are looking for. We are also going to pay it forward by giving a free adjustment card to patients who make a donation. (One card per patient, not per item.)
  • Hampton Inn and Suites is serving breakfast to the Saratoga Springs Fire Department.
  • The Adirondack Trust Company is delivering flowers to residents of two area nursing homes AND hosting a food drive in all of their branches.
  • US Foods is collecting food from their employees in Clifton Park and matching those donations as well as preparing food for two area shelters on that day.
  • First graders at Geyser Road Elementary are making spring banners and decorations for the nursing home at Saratoga Hopital.
  • Girl Scout brownie troop #3134 of Saratoga is doing a clothing food and hygiene product drive for the Franklin Community Center.
  • Polyset is serving breakfast and lunch to the Clifton Park - Halfmoon EMS.
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES has invited its 18,000 employees across the world via email to do something kind for someone else on February 29th. Locally, Fab 8 employees are also encouraged to donate food items for distribution to area food pantries.
  • Chamber Board members have joined together to deliver some treats from The Iron Roost to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department.
  • First National Bank of Scotia is collecting Books for Troops! at all of their branches.
  • DA Collins Company is collecting food for Shelters of Saratoga
  • The Saratoga Regional YMCA is collecting items in need for the Code Blue Shelter.
  • Bonacio Construction is collecting non-perishable items for the Franklin Community Center Food Pantry.
  • Saratoga National Bank is collecting pet food for patients at the Saratoga Hospital Community Health Center.
  • The Warren-Washington-Saratoga BOCES culinary arts program is making boxed lunches for the Saratoga Springs Police Department.
  • Bow Tie Cinemas is hosting a Rare Disease Day at the movies on February 29th to benefit several local nonprofits started by local families.
  • The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is collecting white ankle high socks that will be donated to the residents at the Saratoga Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Home.
  • The Saratoga Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Home will pay it forward by bringing cookies to the Ballston Spa Fire and EMS departments.
  • The Saratoga Nursing Center will putting together a donation of items for Code Blue.
  • Saratoga Bridges is collecting Canned Kitten food & Toys, Children’s Toys, School Supplies and Plastic Shopping Bags to benefit the Saratoga County Animal Shelter & Saratoga Center for the Family.
  • The Chamber's Veterans Business Council is collecting items for the men's and women's Veterans Shelters in Saratoga County.
  • NBT Bank is hosting a food drive for local food pantries.
  • The Saratoga County Department of Public Health is collecting food for a local pantry and pet food for the Saratoga Hospital's Community Health Center.
  • Saratoga Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss Program are going to make a basket for the Naval Clinic in our building at 1 West and fill it with Coffee Mugs and Dunkin Donuts Cards to say Thank you for Your Service!
  • Fingerpaint Marketing is asking all of their employees in all of their locations around the US to pick from a list of a dozen acts of kindness that each person can do urging recipients to pay it forward.
  • Hedley & Company, CPA's is hosting a food drive for CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services.
  • Capital Interiorscapes will be making a donation of food to the Malta Food Pantry.
  • National Grid is holding a food drive to collect food from their employees for distribution to area food pantries.
  • Holiday Inn - Saratoga Springs is offering all Veterans a free meal on Monday, February 29th.
  • Family Vision Care is collecting personal hygiene items for the Franklin Community Center with donors getting $20 off your eyewear purchase in February.
  • Stewart's Shops donated 700 free coupons for a cup of coffee that we're distributed to attendee's at the Chamber's annual dinner so that they can buy someone else a cup of coffee on Leap of Kindness Day.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites - Clifton Park is collecting donations for the Chamber's Veterans Business Council as they seek to help Veterans across Saratoga County.
  • Espey Manufacturing will be showing their appreciation to US Navy Sailors stationed in Saratoga County.
  • Chamber Board members are teaming up with Hattie's and Posie Peddler for secret special thank you's for two different organizations.
  • The Gideon Putnam Hotel is donating cases of Shampoo and Conditioner to Operation Adopt a Soldier.
  • Herzog Law Firm is collecting food and donations to benefit the food pantry at Franklin Community Center in Saratoga.
  • Zieker Eye Ophthalmology will collect canned goods for the Franklin Community Center.
  • Healthy Living Market Saratoga and Chamber Board members have teamed up to deliver some goodies to the overnight shifts at the Malta Emergent Care Center and the Ellis Hospital Urgent Care Center in Clifton Park.
  • The US Chamber of Commerce, through their Employees Caring for our Communities initiative is urging all of their employees to join our celebration by doing something kind for someone else and sharing their acts online using the #leapofkindnessday hashtag.

Check out some of the TV news coverage for Leap of Kindness Day 2016 in Saratoga County, NY

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