Acts of Kindness That Impact Life on the Reservation
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but did you know that an equally heartfelt observation immediately follows it? Feb. 15-21 is Random Acts of Kindness Week, which motivated us to look at ways we can inspire acts of kindness in others, and how those acts of kindness can also benefit the Native American reservations we serve.
- Buying coffee for the person in front of you in the drive-thru is nice, so what if you could provide an entire breakfast for an Elder on the reservation? Many Elders are home-bound and struggle to obtain enough food to get through the month. You can help by donating funds that will support our Breakfast-in-a-Bag service, which ensures Elders age 62 and older can start each day with a healthy meal at home.
- You can open the door for a stranger, so what if you could open the door for a brighter future for Native American students through scholarships? Many students are in the midst of scholarship and college application season, and Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) is one of the organizations providing those scholarships to Native students.
- Reading with a child or to a class shares your love of reading, so what if you could help children on the reservation learn even more? PWNA supports literacy for Native youth, providing supplies and incentives to encourage parent-child reading time.
There are many ways to perform acts of kindness throughout your day, so consider how some of those can be updated to include assistance for Native Americans through PWNA’s programming. Whether it’s a gift-in-kind donation like food and water, or a monetary donation to help fund health services or animal welfare, consider how your one act of kindness can have a lasting impact on someone else.