Let’s be honest: when something, regardless of how noble or important it is, doesn’t fit easily and seamlessly into our lives, it doesn’t happen. We’re busy. And we gave at the office. Who has time to volunteer? Then there’s the added hurdle of not only finding time to volunteer, but sorting through local non-profit organizations, syncing up with the right cause, and taking the steps to find out when and where help is needed.
This is where Do Good Date Night comes in. We make it fun and easy to volunteer together. The concept is simple: we take two things we all know are important but rarely do—date night and volunteering—and we smoosh them together. The result is a date night activity that’s unique, fun and connective but also commitment-free.
Couples are having oodles of fun, laughing together, reconnecting, making new friends, and discovering new sides to each other that even decades of marriage can’t often reveal. We’ve created a blueprint for expanding Do Good Date Night beyond its hometown of Orlando, FL and have already facilitated events in Ohio, Indiana and Louisiana. Hope to see you in your neck of the woods soon.
Do Good Date Night has become the gateway to volunteering and giving, spawning countless more volunteer hours, service projects, community events and donations. An incredible friend-raising tool for non-profits, we know that 21% of our event attendees return to out non-profit partners to give more time and more money. Plus, it’s date night!
According to the Corporation for National Community Service, 25.3 percent of Americans volunteer, with the largest proportion of those doing so through their church or school. But what about those who’ve long since graduated or who don’t belong to a formal religious institution? How do we find our way to a worthy cause and make a well-meaning impact? And once I’m signed up and reporting for duty, will it be fun or pure drudgery? With so little leisure time to go around, is it wrong to want to enjoy my service work? Will I feel part of something? Will I feel like the few hours I hand over from my time-starved life make a difference?
In 2015 I was taking photos of our school’s fourth through sixth-graders arranged in a giddy assembly line on the sunbaked sports court. Lost in a scene filled with camaraderie, laughter and competition, I stood stunned but for the tapping of my finger on the shutter as two dozen kids worked without complaint to create hundreds of non-perishable meal kits fated for hungry, impoverished recipients on the other side of the planet.
They were volunteering, though you’d hardly know it from their gleeful faces. I had never seen volunteering look like so much fun. And I wanted in.
Days later, I arrived at the offices for Feeding Children Everywhere, the non-profit our school had partnered with. Armed with a catchy name and my idea for a unique, new event series, I laid out my case for why combining volunteering with date night could be revolutionary. Would they partner with me on my first event? Their answer was an immediate YES.
The Do Good Date Night™, a 100% non-profit event series, was born and launched on September 26, 2015.
Three years and dozens of sold-out events later, Do Good Date Night has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, Clean the World, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Harvest Time International, Goodwill Industries and Feeding Children Everywhere, resulting in over hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of donations. Plus, we’ve now hosted events in Ohio, Indiana and Louisiana.
We’ve sorted books for children’s literacy programs, bagged thousands of pounds of produce, created after-school meal packs for kids on the free breakfast and lunch program, and assembled thousands of hygiene kits for the homeless. We’ve banged nails and sawed drywall as three houses for families needing a fresh start came to life. We’ve created hundreds of stocking-stuffer bags filled with donated goodies, and we’ve sent over 22,000 non-perishable meals around the world.