Stamford Patch Reports: Stamford Announces Launch Of ‘Kindness Project’

The campaign will run from Nov. 3 to Dec. 5. (Courtesy of city of Stamford.)
The city of Stamford and Congregation Agudath Sholom have launched this kindness campaign to inspire and unite the community.

By Richard Kaufman, Patch Staff | Nov 5, 2023 | Information via city of Stamford
See Original Article on Stamford Patch

STAMFORD, CT — Faith leaders, elected officials, community members, local businesses and organizations gathered last Friday to launch the Stamford Kindness Project: Sparking Citywide Random Acts of Kindness.

The event included remarks from Talay Hafiz, Ppresident of the Stamford Islamic Center; Rabbi Daniel Cohen, from Congregation Agudath Sholom; Dr. Tamu Lucero, superintendent of Stamford Public Schools; and Mayor Caroline Simmons.

Carmen Hughes, the city’s diversity, inclusion, and equity officer, and Rachel Alonso-Mendoza, special assistant to Mayor Simmons, were thanked for organizing the campaign.

“In the midst of the wars happening in our world, now is the perfect time for the Stamford Kindness Project,” said Mayor Caroline Simmons, according to a news release. “Kindness has no boundaries and doesn’t discriminate based on race, religion, or social status. It’s a universal language that can unite people and transcend our differences, creating a ripple effect beyond our immediate surroundings. I’m excited to see how kind our City of Stamford can be.”

The city of Stamford and Congregation Agudath Sholom have launched this kindness campaign to inspire and unite the community.

The campaign will run from Nov. 3 to Dec. 5, but participants are encouraged to continue practicing kindness beyond this date. This is an open invitation to all community members, organizations, and local businesses to participate in any capacity and use the #StamfordKindnessProject hashtag on social media to spread the word.

Participants can organize acts of kindness in their homes, businesses, schools, or organizations and inspire others to do the same.

Examples of kindness include writing a note of appreciation for your school bus driver, buying a coffee for the person in line behind you, offering to pay for someone’s groceries, holding the door open, visiting a senior center, or simply sending an “I’m thinking about you” text message to someone.

Businesses and organizations can sign up as partners by displaying signage in their windows and promoting the initiative. Confirmed partners are currently the Avon Theatre; Bicultural Hebrew Academy; the Interfaith Council of Southwestern CT; La Jolie Salon; the Office of the Attorney General; Racanello Florist; Stamford JCC; Stamford Museum & Nature Center; Silver Source; Pitney Bowes; SWC Office Furniture; and Waterside Property Group.

More information can be found on the City of Stamford website.

“Let’s flood our city with acts of kindness and solidarity,” said Agudath Sholom Rabbi Cohen, according to a news release. “One day at a time, one act at a time, and one life at a time – respecting the faiths of others because we are confident in our own; inviting others to join us in building a world worthy of being a home for the Divine presence. I am honored to partner with Mayor Simmons and the city of Stamford for the Stamford Kindness Project.”

See Original Article on Stamford Patch