On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Affinity Plus branch in Cambridge hosted its first ever Operation Kindness, an event in which 200 members of the public would be given $10 to perform a random act of kindness for other people in their community.
A total of 210 individuals participated in the event, but the number of lives impacted by the random acts of kindness they performed is immeasurable.
Participants in Operation Kindness were encouraged to share their random acts of kindness with employees at the Cambridge branch, or online on Affinity Plus’ Facebook page.
The random acts of kindness ranged in variety and included donating the money to a charity or nonprofit, helping people pay for their gas or groceries, giving flowers to elderly community members, or bringing pastry items and other sweet treats to public servants who work in law enforcement or ambulance services.
“One of the moments that stood out to me was when a woman brought her kids in to make deposits into their accounts and they were so excited to be given the opportunity to spend time doing things for other people,” said LeAnne Larson, Cambridge Branch Manager. “Later that day, we received an email from her that they had helped pay for another customer’s purchase at Target, bought flowers for someone in the hospital, made a goodie basket for their mail carrier, and taped quarters to vending machines around town.”
Making a difference in the lives of people is a common goal around Affinity Plus. Employees are encouraged and empowered to do just that, each and every day. So while Affinity Plus helps members achieve their financial goals, they also bring a human banking aspect into the equation by focusing on the people they serve, and those around the communities. As a mission driven, not-for-profit financial cooperative, Affinity Plus puts people first before making a profit.
“We were blown away by the kindness our members and people in the Cambridge community demonstrated by their participation in Operation Kindness,” Larson said. “It’s truly inspiring and we hope this was just a spark to spreading kindness in our community.”