There are dozens of kindness projects around the world. All serve the great purpose of making our planet a better place. Each version is unique; this one includes a template for creating a plan and budget. DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE
We all process life differently. What if you could process it in a way that helped a person, group, or animals in need and made you feel awesome? The Kindness Project Club provides the framework to do that and make our world a better place.
The Kindness Project Club was first introduced under this name in the fictional Gift of Grace* book series by Debra Yergen. In Book Two, The Bench, the protagonist, Isabelle Salton, finds herself at a crossroads in life. Grieving the loss of a loved one, dealing with postpartum depression and financial disrepair, and feeling like she may never pull her life together, Isabelle looks into her 11-year-old daughter’s eyes and realizes something. For their small family to survive the upcoming holidays, they would need to come together and reach beyond their own circumstances by shifting their focus to make a difference to those in greater need.
When Debra shared her manuscript with a few friends and colleagues, they overwhelmingly requested more information on how they too could launch a kindness project. As a result, Debra shared the template her fictional characters used and The Kindness Project Club was born. News spread via social media and soon friends – and their friends and families from around the world – were asking how they too could launch a kindness project.
Simultaneously, in her position as the Executive Director of the Yakima Schools Foundation, a non-profit organization in South Central Washington state dedicated to raising money for public school students, teachers and programs, Debra received calls of another kind. Teachers and parents asked if the foundation offered summer programming for kids. While developing programming fell outside the scope of the foundation’s mission, Debra offered up her free template for students and families to launch a summer kindness project to help the people and causes they cared about. Next, a local principal suggested launching a school-wide kindness project using the template.
Soon, organizations with offices and teams around the world reached out to see how they could get involved.
“Most people appreciate small and random acts of kindness. Something as simple as buying a stranger a cup of coffee can make their day and your day better. We support all acts of kindness for any reason,” says Yergen. “Developing a kindness project and joining The Kindness Project Club is different. It’s seeing a need and developing a multi-step plan to address that need using your time, talents and treasure. If you’re going through a hard time yourself, it can help take your mind off of whatever is making you sad, frustrated or feeling stressed. As you get immersed in helping others, don’t be surprised if whatever is bothering you is replaced by joy.”
The Kindness Project Club welcomes anyone who is willing to consider shifting focus and ultimately changing lives. If you are hurting, frustrated, dissatisfied, or know someone else who is, imagine replacing those feelings with a sense of hope and satisfaction that makes you believe in goodness, humanity and miracles.
The Kindness Project Club can be a great resource for parents who are looking to help their children create a meaningful summer or vacation project that will impact their world and provide useful skills in their development. Download the free Plan and Budget PDF to use or modify to meet your needs.
What if the cure to a broken heart or a disappointment could be found in releasing sadness through the intentional practice of effecting kindness? What if the act of demonstrating kindness could physically release pain and replace it with happiness? The Kindness Project can be done alone or with others. Imagine our world if we replaced our worries with a plan to impact our communities for the better. Imagine the good that could come!
*The Gift of Grace series includes: The Eulogy, The Bench and The Fire by Debra Yergen.