World Kindness Day at GCC


64367_10152876277993103_7104776448007432459_nWorld Kindness Day was November 13th and the GCC RAKtivists were out in full force to celebrate. The event provided holiday cards for students to sign and send out to troops that are deployed. Cathy Costello was able to deliver the holiday cards to the local American Leigion. Students were encouraged to spin the “Wheel of Kindness” where they were given a good deed to complete.

Many people flocked to the event because Genesee County Animal Shelter brought 2 adoptable dogs and one adoptable cat. The RAKtivists were able to raise about $288 for the Genesee and Orleans County animal shelters and faculty and students donated around 175lbs of dog and cat food. The RAKtivists sold roses until about 2PM, afterwards Abby Wilcox and Cathrine Kelkenberg took the leftover roses and placed them on random cars. They hoped to brighten people’s day on a very cold and rainy/snowy day. 

10734264_10152876283543103_2419562408594155853_nThe RAKtivists will be gearing up for the second annual Random Acts of Kindness Week that will take place in February. If you would like to participate in the Random Acts of Kindness Week as a member of the RAKtivists, then like their Facebook page to see when the next meetings are or contact the GCC RAKtivists’ advisor, Lauren Paisley.

GCC RAKtivists’ 100 Happy Days Challenge


100 happy days (1)The GCC Random Acts of Kindness Committee has evolved into the GCC RAKtivists. They began trying to make GCC a happier and kinder place with the first annual Random Acts of Kindness Week last February and now they’re at it again. The RAKtivists are challenging GCC to be happy for 100 days in a row. The challenge is simple. Take a photo and share it with the hashtag #GCC100HappyDays every day for 100 days. You can also create your own hashtag in order to personalize your own 100 Happy Days but if you would like to share a happy day at GCC then please be sure to use our hashtag too.  This challenge stems from the original 100 Happy Days Challenge where you can register your happy days with their website and learn more about the 100 Happy Days Foundation.

The RAKtivists are welcoming new members and new ideas on how to spread the kindness around GCC. They will be meeting on the Third Tuesday of each month during common hour beginning with September 16. The location of their first meeting will be announced at a later date. Check out their Facebook page to stay up to date on meeting dates and locations. The RAKtivists plan to share the best of #GCC100HappyDays on their Facebook page on a weekly basis as well as sharing their 100 happy days. GCC and the RAKtivists will begin their #GCC100HappyDays Challenge on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Random Acts of Kindness at GCC


Lauren Paisley, Business professor at GCC, and three Entrepreneurial students recently presented the Foundation with a $500 donation toward the Title III Challenge Grant. This donation will be matched dollar for dollar and will go towards scholarships for GCC students in financial need, making a total of $1,000.

As a part of Genesee Community College’s Random Acts of Kindness Week (#GCCRAK) in April, students Abby Wilcox, Brittany Keyes, and Christine Furmanek collected change at GCC from students, faculty, and staff. After the $500 donation to the Title III Challenge Grant, the remaining proceeds – $85 – was donated to Genesee Community College’s Food Pantry.


Abby Wilcox. Brittany Keyes, and Christine Furmanek stand with President Jim Sunser

In an effort to promote year-round kindness, the students encourage the use of #GCCRAK on all social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.