MN Acts of Kindness Week

Minnesota Acts of Kindness Week
Date: November 16 – 20

Minnesota United Acts of Kindness Week is a week dedicated to promoting kindness, generosity, and love through acts of kindness toward friends, neighbors, and strangers alike.

A simple act of kindness can change someone’s day and can spark a chain reaction. It does not need to be a grand gesture; it can be walking your neighbor’s dog, buying a coffee for a co-worker, helping an elder with their groceries, or holding the door open for a stranger. As proclaimed Mark Dayton, former governor of Minnesota, “Random acts of kindness and compassion positively impacts our communities, our state, and the world.”

The effort is the work of United Ways across the state who are challenging Minnesotans to make the world a little better by spreading goodwill and showing your support by wearing your Live United T-shirt.

United Way of 1000 Lakes would like to invite you to join the movement and take the Acts of Kindness Challenge. The details are simple: for five days, do at least one random act of kindness, big or small, every day.

Join the Acts of Kindness Challenge:

  1. Perform at least one random act of kindness each day. Use a printable Kindness Challenge Card to set your kindness intentions for the week.
  2. Share your stories, photos, and videos on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.
  3. Tag United Way of 1000 lakes and use #MNACTSOFKINDNESS, #LIVEUNITEDMN, and #UW1000LAKES.
  4. Nominate five friends (one for each day) and keep the kindness going.
  5. Bonus: show your support by wearing your Live United shirt. Get one free with a $25 donation.

Example status: #MNActsofKindness: My challenge nomination came from <insert friend>, and I will nominate  <insert 5 friends> to perform at least one random act of kindness each day for five days.

If you are busy or can’t think of an Act of Kindness, consider making an annual donation. When you invest in United Way, you fuel those important moments that help us show people that their situation might be a launchpad for something better, and all they need is a helping hand, hard work, and focus. Donate online or call 218-999-7570 to make a secure one-time or recurring gift. For more information, contact United Way at or by phone at 218-999-7570. 

Plan an Event: 

Minnesota United Acts of Kindness Week is a great time to put your care for your community into action and set up a volunteer project at your workplace, student group, or family. Browse Bonfire for ideas, and get in touch with United Way at or 218-999-7570 for planning support.

More Resources: 

Cards of Kindness: Aging Adults | Children & Youth
Impact an individual with a personalized, handwritten note of encouragement. By reaching out with a personal card, you are helping them feel connected to the community and brightening their day.

Note: United Way can help distribute these kindness cards after they are written. Please call us at 999-7570 to arrange a pickup or drop-off.

Random Act of Kindness Cards: Request Random Act of Kindness cards from United Way to distribute as you perform acts of kindness throughout the week.

Need more inspiration? Check out Lake Time Magazine’s blog article: 25 Ideas for Minnesota Acts of Kindness Week.