What’s a “Good Turn”?
A good turn is defined simply as an act of kindness provided without expectation for compensation or recognition. This can be as small as buying the cup of coffee for the person behind you in line to creating a large community project that looks to impact your community in a big way. Through these acts of kindness, we can promote a better sense of community, friendship and compassion around the world.
During #GoodTurnWeek 2017, Scouts Canada challenges members and Canadians of all ages to perform a ‘Good Turn’ and encourages every recipient to pay it forward. You can post your Good Turn before or during Good Turn Week on the Good Turn Tracker (available March 2017), or be inspired by reading about the Good Turn Week Community Project from 2016.
Good Turn Week 2017 is happening from April 29th to May 6th. If you are interested in doing a large scale Good Turn, visit the Good Turn Community Project Fund. You could receive 100% funding for your Good Turn Week idea; click HERE for more information.
What is an example of a Good Turn?
There are countless ways for people to do a Good Turn. Here are just a few examples:
- Give a parent a night off. Volunteer to babysit for a family member or close friends.
- Put on the family chef’s hat. Pick a meal and help your family out in the kitchen.
- Four-legged fun: offer to walk a neighbour dog or give their dog a bath.
- Lend a hand at an after-school program or community centre.
- Help an elderly neighbour with gardening or raking leaves
- Donate a non-perishable food item to your local food bank. You can ask your parents or guardian for help finding your local food bank.
- Donate blood, clothes, food — or give money to charity.
- Volunteer for a community program, or at a local food bank or shelter.
- Help an elderly neighbour with grocery shopping or a household chore.
- Buy a homeless person a meal.
- Make a co-worker’s day: bring in a special snack or lunch for your colleagues.
- Identify an environmental issue in your community and create a project that looks to tackle it.
- Volunteer at a seniors’ home by visiting with the residents.
- Plant flowers and shrubs that encourage the repopulation of an endangered species.
- Identify a local community group that is in need of support and help them achieve their goals i.e. local youth reading club needs books.
What are the benefits of doing a Good Turn?
Even the smallest of Good Turns have the power to help shape and change the world in a significant way to make it a friendlier, happier place. Create the world that you want to see. Do a Good Turn this #GoodTurnWeek 2017 and help make the world a better place.