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50 Gives to Start Off Your New Year – The 365give Challenge in 2020

So, what’s on everyone’s resolution list this year? The usual… eat better or exercise more, both made reluctantly in hope of better health? Why not add a resolution to give back daily? Make a ‘new’ New Year’s Resolution that is easy to keep. Giving that is simple and easy is a guaranteed way to improve your physical and mental health. Most likely you are already giving back without realizing it. Here’s a list of 50 gives to start your new year  – 50 different ways that you can give and get you inspired.

Small Acts of Giving to Animals

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  • Make a bird feeder to support wildlife
  •  Tell a pet you love them today
  •  Use products that have not been tested on animals
  • Keep our oceans clean to help sea life, use a biodegradable sunscreen
  • If you find an insect at home rescue it and put it outdoors
  • Donate vegan canned goods to your local food bank
  • Substitute beans and lentils for meat at dinner tonight
  • Plant flowers for bees in your garden or window sill
  • Make vegan cookies today
  • Take a walk around your neighbourhood with dog treats and water for strays
  • Make homemade dog treats and give them away
  • Provide water in your garden for the birds
  • Donate dog food to a nearby police K-9 unit
  • Sign an animal rights petition to help your favourite animal
  • Give blankets to an animal shelter
  • Find a GoFundMe campaign that supports animals and donate $
  • Thank a local Animal Shelter employee

Small Acts of Giving to People

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  • Make a gift bag for a family in need and donate it to a local shelter
  • Let someone go in front of you in line
  •  Hold open the door for someone else


  •  Thank a teacher, manager or colleague for their help
  •  Help a senior today, take a walk, bring them coffee, or read to them
  •  Babysit for free for an hour or two today
  •  Return empty shopping carts to their proper place at the grocery store
  •  Shout-Out a local business on your social media account
  •  Bring in treats to your co-workers, friends or family
  •  Help a senior get on the bus
  •  Give someone your seat on the subway, train or bus
  •  Help a student with homework
  •  Buy lunch for someone
  •  Do an extra chore today that is normally normally else’s responsibility
  •  Post a motivational quote on social media
  •  Wash your friends or family members car (insert Carwash image from Canva)


Small Acts of Giving to the Planet

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  •  Carpool with friends and family
  •  Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
  •  Unplug everything when travelling
  •  Donate your old cell phone
  •  Reduce your shower time to 3 minutes
  •  Donate three pieces of clothing you no longer used to a thrift shop
  •  Plant a fresh herb, a flower, an indoor plant or tree (insert bee image from Canva)
  •  Ride your bike, take public transit or walk to work today
  •  Use both sides of the paper before recycling it
  •  Take time to appreciate the sunset or sunrise today
  •  Pick up litter in a local park or community area
  •  Purchase items like toilet paper that are made from recycled paper
  •  Use a clothes line instead of your dryer
  •  Don’t use straws or plastic cutlery today
  •  Bring your old plastic bags back to the grocery store
  •  Use a reusable coffee cup when purchasing your morning coffee
  • Use environmentally friendly household cleaners


Keep The Happy in Happy New Year All Year Long

Happy New Year from all of us at 365give. May your 2020 be filled with love, health and happiness! Are you ready to make your ‘new’ New Year’s resolution? Sign up for a free 365give membership and start giving back daily.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)