Learn how Kindness Campaigns have transformed communities, reduced crime, and increased well-being.
Addresses from former Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis
Breakout sessions on personal kindness, kindness in school and families, kindness in business and kindness and homelessness/housing
HOMELESSNESS/HOUSING BREAKOUT SESSION (from https://www.facebook.com/events/3090156091001473):
David Hazen, founder, Emerald Compassionate Action Network, will be leading a breakout session with a panel of 15 respondents including those with lived experience, government, service providers, faith community and business. They will share their values, accountability and commitment to a culture of universal housing in a compassionate listening circle.
[From Sherri: This session has assembled a lot of people who are important players in the complicated puzzle of providing housing in Eugene. I think it would be worthwhile to attend + bring our perspectives on the need to move forward together to increase Eugenes stock of affordable small-scale housing in as many ways as possible. The format is what is called a fishbowl, which means the audience will be asked to listen to respondents speak rather than interacting with them or each other; but there will be space for such discussion after the hourlong fishbowl.]
Rabbi Yitzhak Husbands-Hankin, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Beth Israel
Kristin Fay deBuhr, Community Supported Shelters
Donna Jackson, Camp Manager, Community Supported Shelters
Amanda Dellinger, SquareOne Villages
Kris McAlister, Member, Poverty & Homelessness Board
Rev. Wayne Martin, Organizer, House Everyone
Bob Cerince, Supervisor, Lane Co. Homeless & Supportive Housing Services
Plaedo Wellman, Board member, Atlas Solutions
Lama Tulku Sangye Tenzin, Teacher, Saraha Buddhist Center
Chris Cunningham, Court Appointed Special Advocate
Sen. James Manning, State Senator, District 7
Capt. Eric Klinko, Eugene Police Dept.
Claire Barnum, Executive Director, Downtown Eugene
Angela Dunham, co-Owner-Director, flex Studios
Felicia Kirsch, Owner-Chef, NW Burgers
Background on the campaign:
What’s behind those ‘Choose Kindness’ signs? - https://www.registerguard.com/news/20190807/whats-behind-those-choose-kindness-signs
Excerpts from article:
The Spreading Kindness Campaign is finalizing a training package that can be presented to local businesses, and Carnine said the organization already is in talks with the city of Eugene about incorporating that training into the public works department.
Last year, the campaign encouraged schools in Eugene and Springfield to participate in the “Everyone Belongs Project,” in which schools build their own programs around inclusiveness. This year that outreach will include the Bethel School District....
The local Spreading Kindness Campaign draws its inspiration from Anaheim, where former mayor Tom Tait spent much of the past decade promoting goodwill and volunteerism. Tait is scheduled to speak at the Nov. 3 event in Eugene.
The years-long effort in Anaheim included a “Year of Kindness” in 2013 and the “Million Acts of Kindness Initiative” for elementary school students there. In 2016, the U.S. Conference of Mayors encouraged the nation’s schools, cities and businesses to complete 1 billion acts of kindness.
The Eugene-Springfield campaign already has tallied 1.3 million acts of kindness at local nonprofits — meals served, beds offered, hours spent in service — since they began counting them last year.