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How will you celebrate Leap of Kindness Day?

Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020


The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to consider ways to spread kindness on the “extra day” of the year, Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Through Leap of Kindness Day, you can build teamwork and workplace morale, support local nonprofits, and inspire people of all ages to get involved. You can join our #leapofkindnessday celebration simply by doing something kind for someone else, whether self-initiated or paid forward. You can band together with coworkers and friends or act on your own.

Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce staff recently reached out to our nonprofit members, asking them to tell us what "kindness" would benefit their organizations most at this time. Here are the responses we’ve received to date:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid Maine: One leap of kindess can help ignite potential in local youth! We invite fellow Chamber members to make a commitments to helping children facing adversity by signing up for Bowl for Kids' Sake! It's easy....form teams of 4 or 5 bowlers, register online, collect pledges, and come out to bowl, April 2-11 at various Midcoast venues. 
  • Heavenly Threads Thrift Shop: Heavenly Threads Thrift Shop, 57 Elm Street in Camden, asks us to consider adding canned goods/non-perishable food items to the Little Pantry located at the edge of their parking lot, adjacent to the side door entrance to Heavenly Threads. Or, if you wish, you can donate money towards this efforts at the cash registers inside the shop. Open Mon-Sat, 10 am to 4 pm. 
  • Make-A-Wish Maine: One way people can support Make-A-Wish is by donating their air miles! 70% of our wishes granted involve travel, and air travel represents our single largest program expense. We’d love support in this area. Miles can be donated at:
  • New Hope for Women: Rolls of paper towels for our office are always needed. Our wish for waiting room chairs has been granted. Thank you!
  • United Midcoast Charities: Calling all grant readers! If you would like to be a community grant reader for UMC's 2020 grant review process, please register your interest here by Friday, March 20. UMC will contact you with enrollment info at that time.

Here are 5 more suggested ways to celebrate Leap of Kindness Day:

  • Tip Big. It’s a Saturday. Go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Leave a big tip and a note that says Happy Leap of Kindness Day!
  • Go online to your favorite charity’s website and make a donation. Share your donation and encourage others to follow your lead using the hashtag #leapofkindnessday in the post.
  • Bring food to your local library, police or fire station.
  • Donate food and/or personal care items to your local food pantry or shelter.
  • Send a thank you note to someone who has made a difference in your life; a teacher, mentor, doctor, nurse, co-worker, family member, etc. You can even print out an official Leap of Kindness Day card here.

Local chambers of commerce are often the facilitators of events that bring together leaders and individuals from the private, nonprofit and public sectors to get things done. That’s really what Leap of Kindness Day is all about: inspiring everyone in our communities to do something kind for someone else on Leap Day.

Leap of Kindness Day was invented by Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce in Saratoga Springs, New York, as a creative way to bring their local community together. Launched in 2016, the first Leap of Kindness Day was adopted by 52 chambers of commerce around the country. This year, more than 120 chambers of commerce across the United States, Canada, and Ireland are joining in to encourage leaps of kindness.

For more information or to add your nonprofit’s wish to our list, please contact Amy Rollins, Member Services Director, at 207-596-0376 or

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce serves as a primary business conduit for the Camden-Rockland Region, which encompasses 27 municipalities within and surrounding Knox County. The Chamber provides a variety of platforms and opportunities for close to 800 business and nonprofit members to promote themselves to residents and visitors to the region. To learn more, visit or call 207-596-0376.