Lights, Camera, ACTion!: Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly

 

LCA_Transparent-1Welcome to our “Lights, Camera, ACTion” blog!

Since its inception in 2009, Random Acts has made it a goal to encourage others to participate in and organize kind deeds in their communities. What began as a challenge to act has, over the past three years, transformed into a global movement. From raising $375,000 to build a children’s center in Jacmel, Haiti to packing meals for those less fortunate, Random Acts has been witness to a new and important change in the world, one that originated with you.

Your staggering feats of compassion over the years have inspired us to compile a new blog, one that focuses solely on you. We are proud to be associated with the things you do in the name of kindness and believe you deserve to be recognized.

Last June, for example, volunteers in Bosnia Herzegovina responded to a local youth center’s dire need for resources. When members of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly noticed the dismal ratio of books to readers at the Rada Vranješević Children’s Home in Banja Luka, they made it their mission to shake things up.

Volunteers from the Helsinki Citizen's Assembly gather books donated at a charity drive

With the help of Random Acts for materials and funding, and community media promoting their efforts, the volunteers of the Citizen’s Assembly were able to put together an exciting evening of karaoke for the public. Access to the festivities required only a book donation or one Euro to be put towards a fund for later purchases.

By evening’s end, the group had collected a remarkable 130 books as well as enough money to acquire 20 brand new titles for the children. The library would now be stocked with hundreds of new and gently used novels, non-fiction, geography maps, dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Thanks to the determination of the Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly and thousands of other volunteers around the world each day, Random Acts has been able to help spread kindness to corners of the globe like never before.

Remember to come back and visit us here on our new blog to read up on more inspiring stories from the best storytellers in the world (you, of course), and remember to make random acts of kindness a habit in your life and in the lives of those around you!