Pay it Forward. Inspire others. Impact our Community.
What is Pay it Forward May: A month long campaign initiated by the Morden Area Foundation and the Winkler Community Foundation together to encourage good deeds in our communities.
Why: Paying it forward is at the core of what we do as a Community Foundation therefore it would be great to get the entire City involved!
What is MAF hoping to achieve: Since paying-it-forward is such a positive idea, we want to get as many community members, organizations, and businesses involved as possible. The more momentum we can build, the better our community will be.
How can people “pay-it-forward”: There are 2 ways. The first is by doing a good deed such as buying a coffee for the person behind you in line or helping someone with their groceries, telling someone how much you appreciate them, (of course this list could go on and on). The second is by making a donation to the Morden Area Foundation for the MAF to invest into our General Fund and pay-it-forward to the community year after year through grants.
How will people know what is going on: May 1st an advertising campaign will begin to announce this initiative which will include local paper, Goldenwest Radio, Pembina Valley Online, Alexa Media, and Facebook. In addition, MAF will be distributing pay-it-forward cards (to explain the idea) that can be shared when good deeds are taking place or handed out at special events. Posters will be posted throughout the community. Cards are available free to anyone at many businesses or at the MAF office.
How can you get involved: There are many ways your organization can get involved such a throwing a special event during the month, offering a free or volunteer service (ex. free car wash) or giving away a special product for a one day promotion. We encourage you to use the term “Pay-it-Forward May” in your promotions. Pay it Forward May promotional material is available upon request from the MAF office.
Who can you contact for more information:
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101 Ways to Pay It Forward
- Give a stranger a compliment.
- Encourage someone who needs it with words, a smile, or maybe a hug.
- Let someone go in front of you at the supermarket.
- Buy the next person in line a coffee.
- Write a letter or an email to someone who made a difference in your life, telling them why.
- Donate something anonymously to a person in need.
- Clean your friend’s house for him/her.
- Invite a neighbour for coffee or a meal at your house.
- Look after a busy parent’s kid(s) for an hour.
- Mow the lawn for someone who can’t do it themselves.
- Take someone else’s dog for a walk.
- Give money to a charity.
- Visit a grandparent or older person you know in a nursing home.
- Donate food to your local food bank.
- Tidy up a public space by picking up any garbage you see.
- Leave coupons for the next person in the grocery line to use.
- The next time you go away on a trip, bring home a souvenir from someone who won’t expect it.
- Take the time to fill out a survey that compliments someone who gave you good service.
- Read a story to your children, even if you are busy and it isn’t bedtime.
- Bring a card for someone at your workplace, telling them how you appreciate their hard work.
- Listen to someone tell a story and give them your full attention.
- Make a music playlist for a friend.
- Learn to say hello in a new language and practice on someone who speaks that language.
- Send flowers to cheer someone up.
- Reconnect with someone with whom you have lost touch.
- Take time to say thank you to a parent or a child for being in your life.
- Go through your closet and donate some good quality clothes to a local charity.
- Become a Big Brother or Big Sister to a child that would benefit from a mentor.
- Bake muffins to share with neighbour-hood children.
- Give a really generous tip to your waiter / waitress.
- Make a card to give to a friend.
- Give your boss recognition for his / her hard work.
- If you have a garden, give some fresh produce to someone who doesn’t.
- Do the dishes or load the dishwasher, even if it is not your turn.
- Volunteer to coach a kids’ sports team.
- Let someone else have your prime parking space.
- Babysit for friends or relatives so they can enjoy a night out.
- Sponsor a child from another country.
- Smile and say hello to five strangers today.
- Buy a reusable shopping bag for someone who has forgotten theirs.
- Invite someone in the coffee shop to sit with you if they are on their own.
- Let another child go first on the slide or swings in the playground.
- Leave a positive comment on a website or blog.
- Volunteer for a local organization.
- The next time you’re tempted to complain, find something positive to say instead.
- Give out free popsicles at the park.
- Visit someone in the hospital.
- Read to an older person.
- Take time to do a craft with children.
- Welcome a new neighbour with some fresh baking.
- Buy your co-worker lunch.
- Give a ride to someone who doesn’t have a car.
- Support a local producer through your Farmer’s Market.
- Knit or sew something for a new baby.
- Be the first to say “I’m sorry”.
- When you finish a good book, leave it for someone else.
- Offer to pick up groceries for a neighbour.
- Plant some tomatoes or herbs in pots and give them away.
- Organize a toy drive and donate them to a local organization.
- Say “yes” the next time someone asks you for help.
- Give directions to someone who is lost.
- Take your bike instead of the car and leave the air a little cleaner.
- Have a lemonade or cookie stand to raise money for a good cause.
- Help another child in your class with their homework.
- Volunteer with the Special Olympics.
- Bring a special treat to work for your co-workers.
- Write a thank you note to someone who has done something kind.
- Help someone load or unload their groceries.
- Buy movie tickets for someone.
- Find out about someone else’s culture.
- Volunteer at a community garden.
- Help a stranger change their tire.
- Let someone go ahead of you in traffic
- Go to watch a child you know in a play or performance, just to support them.
- Plant a tree to shade future generations.
- Say something nice about someone in public.
- Put post-it notes with positive sayings on random lockers at school.
- Deliver a meal to someone who is sick.
- Say something complimentary about a child to his / her parents.
- Donate a toy or game to a local children’s centre.
- Make a bird feeder and put it some-where your neighbours will also enjoy it.
- Give someone in your family a back rub when they’re tired.
- Give someone the benefit of the doubt next time something annoys you.
- Be the first to forgive.
- Wash someone else’s car.
- Share your snack with another child at school.
- Volunteer to practice English with someone new in town.
- Hold the door open for someone who has their hands full.
- Organize a local park clean-up.
- Plant some flowers in an empty lot.
- Make a friendship bracelet for someone who needs a friend.
- Donate food or time to a local school breakfast program.
- Make a welcome home sign for someone who has been away.
- Invite your neighbour’s children over to play.
- Give a child a book.
- Give an older person a ride to church.
- Support a local shop.
- Donate blood.
- On your birthday or other event, ask people to donate to a charity instead of buying a gift.
- Tell someone how much you appreciate them.
101. Make a donation to the Morden Area Foundation.
Business Pay It Forward Ideas
- Encourage staff members to participate in Pay it Forward May and promote it internally.
- Chose a few specific items/services in your store/business to promote to your customers as ideas for them to purchase to “Pay it Forward” to someone and be part of the campaign.
- Offer a service at no charge, chose something to give away, help another organization through act of kindness. Examples could include: free oil change, give 1 hour of service to a charity (i.e. clean charity’s floor), build something and donate it. Be creative.
- Have a departmental challenge whereby each department competes with each other to make a big positive contribution to the community.
- Participate in the Pay it Forward May Business Challenge – Offer a service at no charge then challenge another businesses to match your efforts.
- Donate funds to the Morden Area Foundation to invest it and pay-it-forward to our community year after year.
- Become a sponsor for Pay it Forward May and enable the MAF to make a difference on an even greater scale.
- Do at least one good deed for someone without asking for anything in return. Instead the recipient should be encouraged to pay it forward to someone else. Pay it Forward Cards (available at the Morden Area Foundation) can be handed to each recipient explaining what Pay it Forward is about encouraging the recipient to keep the momentum going. The difference we can make is phenomenal.
There are are numerous benefits attached to paying kindness forward and helping someone else. Specifically:We hope to inspire others through the stories of Pay it Forward kindness taking place.
- Doing good for others can have a powerful, positive effect on the immune system.
- By contributing towards the greater good; self-worth and self-esteem improves.
- It can prevent people from becoming isolated, encouraging them to meet new people and step outside of their comfort zones.
- Your Pay it Forward SUPPORT, whether it being a monetary donation or assisting in key services helps enable great work in our community.
Spread the word. If the person thanks you and wants to “repay” you (that is, pay it “back”), let them know that what you would really like is for them to pay it “forward”—you would like them to do something nice for someone, and ask those people to do something nice for more people. The idea is to consciously increase the kindness in the community.
Research shows: * Kindness is contagious. * Kindness increases group cohesion and employee engagement. * It’s a great team-building opportunity. * A great way to thank clients. * It teaches kids to appreciate those around them. * It involves and empowers everyone. * It builds community and helps keep Winkler a great place to live. Pay it Forward May is a month long campaign initiated by the Morden Area Foundation and the Winkler Community Foundation together to encourage good deeds throughout our community.
PAY IT FORWARD STORIES
Story #1. Pay it Forward with Tai Chi
Donna and Frank Klassen of Burst Martial Arts are teaming up with Donate Love to bring you Tai Chi classes every Wednesday during the month of June 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the Access Event Centre in Morden. Entry fee: Donations of canned and dry foods or $5 cash. All donations go to the Donate Love program.
Burst Martial Arts was so excited with the Morden Area Foundation and the Winkler Community Foundation teaming up for the Pay it Forward May Campaign they decided to jump on board as well offering Tai Chi to fellow neighbours.
Donna says “When leaders in the Community get involved, it encourages others to step up. Being the first in line to try something new is no easy feat. Thank you for your “pay it forward” initiative, and for displaying the courage to foster change. We highly value the mission behind Donate love and respect the hard work of the people behind it.”
Congratulations Burst Martial Arts and Donate Love for paying it forward with Tai Chi.
Story #2. Pay it Forward at the St. Thomas Anglican Church
The St. Thomas Anglican Church designated May 24 – Pentecost Sunday as Pay it Forward Sunday. On that day Rev. Grahme Spear led the service with a Pay it Forward Theme. The Sermon that day spoke about the fact that God paid it forward to us when He gave His only begotten son – Jesus so that we would have eternal life.
This theme was continued during offering time when a reverse offering was conducted. Each person placed their offering on the plate and at the same time took a piece of paper from another plate that contained one of the 101 suggestions given by the Morden Area Foundation as a way to Pay it Forward. The congregation was to go out into the community the next week and try to find ways to fulfill the suggestion given to them.
Thank you to the Morden Area Foundation for helping us to Pay it Forward.
Congratulations to St Thomas Anglican Church for paying it forward with God’s love.