In February of 2014, three friends came together to make the lives of others a little brighter. Shaun, Kevin and Jim (ages 19-24) decided to start a pay-it-forward type, Boston-based non-profit group. They named it Random Acts Revolution, made a Facebook page, and began recording Youtube videos in order to inspire others to join their efforts. According to the Random Acts Revolution Facebook page, their mission is to carry out “random acts of kindness to create ripples of goodwill and generosity.“
Random Acts Revolution’s first act of kindness took place on February 21st. Their most recent video was posted on September 8th. Although new to the world of non-profit work, they plan to continue on and expand their outreach. These guys have recorded themselves doing things like giving money and scratch tickets to the homeless and paying for peoples’ orders in a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru (fun fact: I worked at the Dunkin’ Donuts in their video for FOUR years).
If you watch the video, you will see that one recipient decides to pass on the good will by paying for the car behind them. How inspiring! This goes to show that the guys of RAR are truely making ripples and encouraging their community to be kind.
Shaun, Kevin and Jim aren’t the only ones using acts of kindness and social media to pay it forward… check out this video which influenced Shaun to get the RAR project started:
Videos like this are all over the internet and with over 4,000 likes on RAR’s Facebook and 343 subscribers on their Youtube feed, it is clear that people are paying attention and care about RAR’s work. Viewers can further their participation by making a personal commitment to being kind. This doesn’t mean you have to give away your money, though that is a very nice thing to do. A commitment to being kind can simply be helping another person in any way once a day. Secondly, RAR supporters can record their own random acts of kindness and share it with RAR. For instance, it might be interesting to record yourself and the reactions to you holding a door for people. In my experience, that is a forgotten courtesy and people are often grateful for the simple gesture. Sharing your own videos will inspire even more people to get out there and be kind.
I can’t wait to see what else the guys of Random Acts Revolution have up their sleves! Being good friends with Shaun, I can say that this organization is more than just recording grand gestures and looking good to the world of social media- Shaun has helped me get through some really hard times. So, take it from me that these are some good dudes.
According to Shaun, RAR has many ideas for upcoming videos. They are also working to expand their outreach. Currently, they have a lawyer helping them to become a registered charity organization. Shaun, Kevin and Jim would some day like to be able to quit their jobs and travel the country spreading good will and inspiring others to join their revolution.