Do you wonder what your community does to be kind to each other? Help each other? Show Acts of Kindness? Look at what other communities are doing, and see how you can support yours in innovative and useful ways.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Katrina Assistance Relief Effort - State of Arkansas

All Arkansans were shocked by the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. As you know, we now have thousands of victims of the storm with us in Arkansas. It appears likely that many of them will be in our state for weeks. Some will be here for months. Arkansas isn't their home.

We must realize they've come here because they had no choice. A lot of them had never set foot in our state before. But I want us to treat them in such a way that their next visit to Arkansas will be because they want to be here. I want us to show them the kindness and compassion they so truly need following the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. At the state level, we've instituted Operation KARE, the Katrina Assistance and Relief Effort.

This is a coordinated operation involving every part of state government. Following the March 1, 1997, tornadoes in our state, we created what was known as the Tornado Recovery and Community Enhancement team. The TRACE team allowed us to coordinate relief efforts among the many agencies of state government. We had a central clearinghouse so we would know exactly what was being done in each agency. This model worked well for us back in 1997. It's working again as we seek to help those from neighboring states who have been dislocated by the storm. These people lost their homes and perhaps their jobs. During a special Cabinet meeting on the Thursday after the storm, I asked everyone in my administration to do whatever possible to assist them. I'm asking all of you across Arkansas to do the same.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Arkansas-- Community Kindness

Being kind to one another comes easier when the Community unites. Take a look at "The Ebay Community." (Click on the banner in the heading)

Having community support. As a Community Kindness Coordinator, I appreciate everyone's involvement in helping their neighbors.

Do you have any community heros to share with us?

Thursday, August 18, 2005

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

This is excerpt from the introduction page on the RAK's website

"Through the dissemination of ideas and the development of materials and programs, we have helped our kindness coordinators – including educators, students, community members, faith groups, service clubs, and others – incorporate kindness into thousands of schools and communities. As people tap into their own generous human spirit and share kindness with one another, they discover for themselves the power of kindness to effect positive change. When kindness is expressed, healthy relationships are created, community connections are nourished, and people are inspired to pass kindness on. "

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

The Foundation For a Better Life TV SPOTS

The Foundation for a Better Life creates public service campaigns to communicate the values that make a difference in our communities-values such as honesty, caring, optimism, hard work, and helping others. These messages, communicated utilizing television, theatres, billboards, radio, internet, etc., model the benefits of a life lived by positive values. The Foundation encourages others to step up to a higher level and then to pass on those positive values they have learned. These seemingly small examples of individuals living values-based lives may not change the world, but collectively they will make a difference. And in the process help make the world a better place for everyone. After all, developing values and then passing them on to others is The Foundation for a Better Life.

The Foundation For a Better Life TV SPOTS

Billboards of Character

FIREMAN - COURAGE - A New York fireman who risked his life to save countless others on September 11, 2001.

View The Foundation For a Better Life Inspiring Billboards