Destination projects with local partners, powered by our community of volunteers and donors.
In many ways, the story of Random Acts began with our efforts in Haiti. Only weeks after co-founder Misha Collins seeded the idea to band together and do some good in the world, the catastrophic earthquake of January 2010 struck Haiti and gave us an initial purpose. We raised over $30,000 for UNICEF’s disaster relief efforts, and that success dared us to dream of doing more. Over the next several years, as our fledgling nonprofit found its footing, we turned that dream into acts that are making a tangible and lasting impact in Haiti. Through these efforts we discovered we are, frankly, awesome at something: Dreaming big and taking our supporters with us on the journey from Dreams to Acts.
The projects below are founded on the dreams of local community leaders. These are people who are already running successful programs that help their community’s vulnerable citizens, and who have bigger dreams but lack the resources to act on them. Random Acts partners with these amazing people to help them achieve their dreams. We believe in following the lead of locals in empowering their communities rather than imposing our ideas, so you can be confident that your support of these projects will lead to genuine improvements in people’s lives.
This was our first major destination project, Hope to Haiti. In 2010, after a devastating earthquake ravaged Haiti, Random Acts made a commitment to help citizens rebuild their homes, communities, and lives. Over the course of three years, we raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and funneled that money directly into building the Jacmel Children’s Center and supporting other local, sustainable projects serving children in Jacmel, Haiti. These are children who might not otherwise have a safe place to sleep, clean water, regular meals, health care, a school to go to, families who care for them, or most importantly, hope for their futures. We are deeply grateful to all of our fundraisers and donors for making this project a success, and for being with us during our journeys to Haiti, whether in person or in spirit. Though the project has ended, Random Acts continues to fulfill our commitment to support our partners in Haiti.