Leap of Kindness Day

  • Thursday, February 29, 2024
  • The Entire Day!
  • Western New York

Leap of Kindness Day was invented by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce in 2016. The idea was to inspire their members and community to use the extra day that Leap Year to do something kind for someone else, and hundreds of local organizations helped thousands of local people on February 29, 2016.

In 2020, Leap of Kindness Day was even bigger and better as more than 200 chambers in the US, Canada, and Ireland joined us and organized their own celebrations. In Saratoga, people donated their time, talent, and treasure to help so many people, local charities, and nonprofit organizations, and to thank first responders, teachers, school bus drivers, Veterans, etc.

In 2024, the Upward Niagara Chamber of Commerce will celebrate Leap of Kindness Day, on Thursday, February 29, 2024, and everyone is invited to join us!

To make this happen, local nonprofit organizations can send an email to Jennifer@UpwardNiagara.com to share what your organization needs in 2024. These requests are posted on this webpage as they are received. Please let us know (click here for an easy form) what specific acts of kindness you decided to do from this list or to achieve a mission important to you and your organization. 

Requests from local organizations!

Please click on the name of each nonprofit to learn more about the organizations and their programs.

Art Supplies Drive: Help Artpark Bridges launch the 2024 season of therapeutic community arts programs by donating designated art-making supplies. Hands-on art-making is a key component of our healing with arts mission! Purchase a Blick Art E-Gift Card, available in denominations from $5 to $500, no fees. Free delivery to Artpark Bridges Director's email inbox within 30 minutes: Send to Artpark via cpegado@artpark.net 
To purchase supplies directly, please use this contact info to request our Leap of Kindness Wish List of supplies. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Do something kind that will make a BIG difference in the life of a young person in your community! Become a mentor, a Big Brother or Big Sister. Use this extra day to “take the leap” to learn more. Today and year-round, Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for volunteers to give a few hours a month to be a Big to a local child. Enjoy the simple, little moments together – listen, learn, and have fun! Go to BiggerTogether.org or give us a call at (716) 873-5833. There is a child who is waiting to meet you.

Heart, Love & Soul - Accepting non perishable food items and personal care products.  The Chamber office is a drop off location for donations.

Lewiston Porter Youth Football & Cheer - The LPYF is in need of new pop up tents and a commercial popcorn popper. They have been using their personal tents or actually had parents volunteer theirs.  The organization has been praised by the referees, parents, and players for their first aid and cooling station. They would love to have tents that would be solely LPYF property. Last year the LPYF offered fresh popcorn at some of the games which was a big hit.  They borrowed a commercial popcorn machine every time.  Having their own would help generate revenue to help run the league, which is very expensive. Contact lewportyouthfootball@gmail.com  for more info!

Mount St. Mary’s Neighborhood Health Center
at 3101 9th St. in Niagara Falls serves many families in need of diapers (sizes, 2, 3 and 4), personal care items, and toilet paper. These are items they cannot purchase with SNAP benefits.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center - We are offering the chance to utilize unused space within our facility to set up and sell food and beverages.  Our cafeteria is closed for most of the day, so your participation is more than just a business opportunity; it's a meaningful way to support our dedicated healthcare workers, patients, and visitors. We are specifically seeking vendors who are available from 2 pm to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. Additionally, we have weekend slots available from 11 am to 2 pm. If you are interested and would like to offer your culinary services to NFMMC, please email michael.pace@nfmmc.org. We are eager to collaborate with you and welcome your contribution to our community.

Niagara Gospel Mission -  Rev. John Cooper Jr, the Executive Director of Niagara Gospel Mission (NGM) will be rucking (walking with weight) 222 miles in honor of the unit I deployed to Afghanistan with (2nd 22nd Infantry Regiment) to raise funds for the NGM RECON program that is recovery specifically designed for homeless veterans (though other homeless are welcome to join). Funds donated will be used to expand the program and add 6 more rooms for the program. 70% of the homeless veterans we serve have been through this program so we are looking to expand it to serve more homeless veterans. Below are some links for information. Intro Video: https://youtu.be/EfQGc8Z8PBE?si=R4V0owDtntzGTALT GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/3a7ba9e0

Niagara Hospice -
During Niagara Hospice's Spring Bouquet Sale (March 11 - 16), thousands of flowers are sold & delivered all over Niagara County. But we need some help! Are you able to help deliver bouquets to businesses/schools? How about selling bouquets at one of our Walk Up locations? Sign up today HERE

Sanborn Area Historical Society - Needs volunteers for to help at the museum with events, dinners, and Christmas for the kids! They also need assistance in the reconstruction of the schoolhouse museum that was recently moved to the museum grounds.  Contact Bonnie at (716)957-4851 

United Way of Greater Niagara: Day of Caring Sign up - Use this bonus day to sign up for United Way’s 2024 Day of Caring, which takes place on June 5. Sign up as an individual, or create a group with co-workers, family or friends! Volunteers are placed at various sites throughout the county for a morning of making a difference, followed by lunch at the United Way office. For more information, contact Will Briggs at william@uwgn.org.

Village of Youngstown Give or Take Table  - 
Help us restock with food and now personal care products. Anything you can donate helps and is appreciated! Please no medical supplies, mouthwash and we are accepting new products only. No expired products please!

Women United of United Way of Greater Niagara: Baby Supply Drive -Help Women United kick off their 2024 Baby Supply Drive, which runs from March 1-31, by dropping off items to the United Way office (6420 Inducon Dr. W Ste. B2, Sanborn, NY). Items collected, such as bottles, wipes, diapers, lotion, formula, baby food, and new clothing, will go directly to Lockport Care Network, Catholic Charities WIC Program, and Pinnacle Healthy Families Program.

Is Your Company or Family Participating? Let us Know!
Click HERE to fill out the form to let us know if you plan on participating!

What our members have planned for Leap of Kindness Day 2024

Lewiston Dance - Will donate personal care items they have collected to Heart, Love & Soul!

Trait-Carre' - Will donate 5 gallons of liquid soap to a non-profit organization needing personal hygiene products!

(Help us fill this list!  Submit your participation here and we will list your business / organization!)

Here are few other acts of kindness you might consider...
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