Good Deeds Day Good Deeds Day Shari Arison, center, rings the NASDAQ closing bell in honor of Good Deeds Day. (Photo: Zef Nikolla)

Volunteers around the globe join in a day of giving back

International Good Deeds Day inspires half a million people worldwide to lend a helping hand.

On March 9, world-renowned Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison and a busload of volunteers gathered in Times Square to kick off International Good Deeds Day.

More than half a million people in 50 countries participated around the globe, volunteering more than 2 million hours. From kindergartners to prominent business people, participants broke with their daily routines to take part in a day of service by painting fences at run-down welfare institutions, cleaning beaches and parks, visiting with the elderly or planting community gardens.

Arison created Good Deeds Day in Israel in 2007 with only 7,000 volunteers, with the goal of making the world a better place. “On Good Deeds Day, everyone can do something good, big or small,” she said. She believes in the importance of ditching the daily grind and giving back to the community in order to “Think Good. Speak Good. Do Good.”

In 2012, Arison got MTV International involved in promoting the vision of Good Deeds Day to its 24 million viewers over six weeks. For the last two years, the ABC network has been hosting the opening ceremony in Times Square, as Good Deeds Day partnered with nonprofits like Jumpstart, CityArts, GenerationOn and Habitat for Humanity.

Here are a few of the coolest tweets and pictures from Good Deeds Day 2014:

To see what may have happened in your neighborhood or around the world, take a look at the ABC Special. The next International Good Deeds Day is slated for March 15, 2015. 

Roni EyalAbout the Author: Roni Eyal, a government student at the IDC in Israel, is a true believer in giving back to the community and always seeking to help others in their quest for solutions.


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Volunteers around the globe join in a day of giving back
International Good Deeds Day encourages everyone around the globe to lend a helping hand. Learn more about the origins of International Good Deeds Day.