STRONG Challenge Week 5


Why do we always seem to have time for “I” but not for “us”? Time for self-centered binging and not for moments of serving others. For some, it is fear or a recent loss that drives them to hold tightly to what is theirs. The problem is, we are designed to live differently, to be givers and not just takers. To take hold of a weapon of the spirit and look out for our friends and our neighbors.

If we are willing to prioritize the needs of others, to reach for our best things to give, and to carve out time to serve, we will discover the transformational rewards that come only from practicing heroic love. The rewards are great, but the motivation to do nothing can be greater... push through! Be STRONG.

This week, along with your 20-minute fitness goals, open up a can of loving others. You will be transformed--- this is how STRONG works.


  • Volunteer with the Y - click here for more info
  • Buy lunch for someone (Marshalltown 2 go)
  • Scoop a neighbor's driveway (do a good job)
  • Send a gift certificate to someone who lost their job (Chamber bucks)
  • Sponsor a kid at the Y
  • Deliver meals (Meals on Wheels)
  • Volunteer (at the Y or other non-profits and churches)
  • Mentor a youth (Big Brothers/Big Sisters)
  • Fill a box with some good stuff and donate it (Salvation Army)
  • Buy school supplies for youth (bring it to your local school)
  • Pray for someone in need (and tell them)
  • Help someone find a job (use your network)
  • Pay for someone’s coffee (Starbucks)
  • Write an inspiring article and share it (LinkedIn)
  • Stop complaining, get involved (Social Justice)
  • Send someone an encouraging note (hand written)
  • Let someone else go before you in line
  • Donate blood (Blood Bank)
  • Do extra stuff around the house (stop being lazy)
  • Encourage five people on the Strong Challenge (Facebook group)
  • Fill a box with food and take it to local food pantry (do this with your family)
  • Build a house! (Habitat For Humanity)
  • Call a senior, check-in, and ask if they need help
  • Clean a park (bring your own garbage bags)
  • Donate food to the Animal Rescue League or adopt a dog (or cat)
  • Do a virtual 5k for a good cause
  • Make a wish come true (Make-A-Wish Foundation)
  • Donate cash (be generous—give big)
  • Donate that extra toilet paper you’re hoarding (seriously)
  • Make PPE masks for childcare workers, students, seniors…
  • Say nice things on your zoom meetings this week