TOOL KIT: Everything you need to know about Kindland
What is Kindland?
Presented by Cleveland, Ohio-based, non-profit organization, Values-in-Action Foundation, the Kindland movement is bringing together communities, businesses, organizations, and schools by recognizing and sharing the acts of kindness around us in an effort to inspire a ground swell of positivity and goodness. Kindland relies on the power of the people to do, recognize, report, and share the acts of kindness happening everyday.
The goal is to create a communities that can sustain a unified sense of kindness, compassion, empathy and understanding. These values are the foundation we need for our community to have the strength to find solutions to our most prominent issues including navigating through the COVID-19 crisis, poverty, social justice, racism, and political polarization.
About Values-in-Action Foundation
Started in 1994 as Project Love, Values-in-Action has been providing social-emotional and character education programs to schools in Northeast Ohio for 28 years. Now with programming in schools in all 50 states, its mission is to empower students and adults to build communities of kindness, caring and respect through programs that teach, promote, and provide skills and tools to enable individuals to make positive, values-based decisions every day.
Ways to Engage with the Kindland Movement
Spread the Kindland message
Take the Kindland pledge at www.BeKindland.com. It’s an easy way for anyone to show their commitment to kindness. Share the link and encourage others to take the pledge.
Follow Kindland on social media @BeKindland and share news about Kindland with your friends, family, and
neighbors. Share kind stories and tag @BeKindland and include #Kindland
Post signage in your window or yard to show that you are a part of the movement that encourages kindness. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request signage.
Share Acts of Kindness
Kindland relies on the power of the people to do, recognize, report, and share the acts of kindness happening everyday. There are two ways to share acts of kindness with Kindland:
Use the Just Be Kind App
Utilize the free Just Be Kind app to quickly and easily report act of kindness you see, do, or hear about.
Save the app at www.JustBeKindApp.com.
Report acts of kindness on your social media. Don't forget to tag @BeKindland and include #Kindland
Merchandise & Apparel
Be a Walking Billboard for kindness
Order Kindland Merchandise at www.shop.viafdn.org Custom merchandise is available to order - add your own logo to show your support! Contact email@example.com to talk about a special order.
We have lawn signs, bumper stickers, magnets and bracelets, available, too. Let us know if you're interested.
Start Your Own Kindness Project
Don't just report other acts of kindness, start your own project!
Businesses, employees, communities, schools, and neighborhoods can work together on any project that makes a difference to others. Just make sure you report it by posting it along with #KINDLAND and promote that you're doing it because you live in Kindland!
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If anyone needs further information aboud Kindland, consider sharing the following resources:
News 5 Cleveland - CMSD students join campaign aiming to spread kindness across Cleveland
Fox 8 News: Voices of Unity - Cleveland is Kindland - December 22, 2020
News 5 Cleveland - Campaign to turn Cleveland into 'Kindland' ramps up following 2020 election - November 6, 2020
Cleveland.com - December 25, 2021
Cleveland.com Op-Ed: Cleveland can lead the nation by creating ‘Kindland’: John Dorhauer and Michael Parks
- Cleveland Jewish News - November 13, 2020
- Cleveland.com - September 4, 2020
- Cleveland.com Op-Ed - May 27, 2020
Recent history has shown us that just as easily as our country can come together in a time of crisis, it can be torn apart by meanness, intolerance, and hatred. Kindland focues on how kindness can continue to be the inspiring link and the bridge that brings our region together as we work to find solutions and common ground.
Kindness has the ability to make us feel good, and a community that leads with kindness will be able to achieve more because it is good for life and good for business. The effects of kindness have been proven to have an impact on personal, medical, and workplace issues and an overall impact on a person’s quality of life.
What are "Acts of Kindness"?
Acts of kindness can be big or small. Smiling at a stranger, helping a neighbor, calling a family member you haven't talked to in awhile, volunteering for a local organization helping those in need, buying someone a coffee, picking up an extra shift for a friend who needs time off, donating to a special cause. The list goes on. Anything that can positively change someone's day is an act of kindness.