Pay It Forward Challenge

Pay It Forward Challenge

How many random acts of kindness can the UMSON community perform in one month?  Help us find out! 

Kindness Counter:


What does "Pay It Forward" mean?

You "Pay It Forward" when you complete an act of kindness for someone without asking for anything in return. Watch how kindness multiplies.

Watch this video to learn about the science of kindness:

video courtesy of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation 

During the month of April, the UMSON Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Teamchallenged the UMSON community to "Pay It Forward" in honor of International Pay It Forward Day on April 28, 2019. UMSON Community members were asked to complete a random act of kindness and then tell us about it.  Acts of kindness were posted on the Pay It Forward Bulletin Board in the first floor lobby.

During the month of April, 108 acts of kindness were posted!  Thank you to the UMSON community for participating in the challenge.

Although the challenge is over, you can still pay it forward!   

How to pay it forward:

Simply look for opportunities! Be attentive, be thoughtful, and be creative. Ways to pay it forward are all around us! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Send a faculty or staff member a random acts of kindness postcard (see the card station next to the Pay It Forward Bulletin Board)
  • Do a good deed for a stranger
  • Pay for someone’s coffee
  • Cleanup your neighborhood
  • Ask for donations instead of gifts (i.e., for your birthday)
  • Toss some spare change into a vending machine for the next person
  • Leave a good book behind for someone else to read
  • Just simply smile at someone and look at how quickly their face lights up
  • Take a moment to just listen to someone who is having a rough day
  • Leave encouraging messages on post-it notes for your colleagues, friends, and family
  • Return a wandering grocery cart to the store
  • Compliment a stranger
  • Leave coupons for someone else to use in the grocery store
  • Carry someone’s groceries
  • Loan something to someone
  • Give up your seat to someone in need
  • Let someone go in front of you in line
  • Write a positive review for a local business
  • Hold the door open for someone
  • Offer to help without expecting something in return
  • Donate blood
  • Volunteer
  • Make a meal for someone in need
  • Make care packages for those in need
  • Send a card to a hospitalized child
  • Donate supplies to a school
  • Offer to go to the store or run an errand for someone
  • Say thank you to someone who made a difference in your life that day
  • Take the time to write a real letter instead of texting to let someone know you’re thinking about them

Need more inspiration?

“A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else's life.” Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart