Kindness to ourselves + Kindness to others = A kinder world
Project: Kindness aligns self-care and service opportunities with adults who want to contribute to making a kinder world - while NPowering people with developmental disabilities (DD) to put themselves on the giving end of service.
NPower Services has partnered with local libraries and other organizations including the Power of Joy to either contribute to existing service projects & programs or create new ones.
Recognizing that it’s often impossible to treat others with kindness when we don’t feel appreciated ourselves, Project: Kindness events include an activity that focuses on elevating participants’ own sense of self-worth along with a project that helps others.
Why the DD Community?
Adults with developmental disabilities have often spent their entire lives receiving much-needed services. However, an unintended result of frequently accepting help may translate into a sense of learned helplessness that prevents them from thinking to help others. Many of these folks have beautiful talents and capabilities - and have the potential to make meaningful contributions. Yet, without a sufficient prompt, many don’t think to try.
Project: Kindness bridges the gap between new or existing programming that helps the community - while inviting adults with developmental disabilities to learn, play and work alongside their neurotypical counterparts. If we’re successful, we’ll be creating new patterns that trigger helpful, kindness responses both toward ourselves and others.
Kindness to ourselves: What makes us all feel good?
Any healthy, life-affirming activity has the potential to elevate ourselves. Here are a few that Project: Kindness is tapping into:
- Good nutrition
- Drum circles
- Nature appreciation
Kindness toward others: What helps the community?
- Making something for someone
- Delivering food
- Clearing park trails
- Walking dogs at the local shelter
- Distributing kindness cards
- Sorting donations
- Teaching others about healthy habits
- Helping someone else try or learn a new sport or skill
Examples of Project: Kindness activities (so far!)
- Stress ball-making workshop: One to keep and one to give to a friend or first-responder
- Meditation for ourselves to be present for others
- African Ubuntu bracelet making - friendship bracelets to empower the community
- Blanket making for a women’s shelter
- Weeding local park trails of invasive plants during a scheduled walk
- Yoga for ourselves / Kindness cards for others
- Be kind to our bodies with good nutrition
2022 Project: Kindness Summer Schedule (Pilot)
|Make Stress Balls to Keep and Give: Bainbridge Library Sat., June 4, 10 a.m.
Make stress balls to keep and/or give. Gifts will be delivered to local teachers, healthcare workers, and first responders.Register: https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com/event/8871989
|Meditation and Ubuntu Bracelet Making: Chagrin Falls Library Tues., June 14, 4 p.m
Meditation & ubuntu bracelet making. Learn about the benefits of sensory meditation and being mindful. Finish by making ubuntu bracelets in the spirit of encouraging and empowering the community. Thank you to Jan Webber and the Power of Joy for their input and collaboration.Register: https://attend.cuyahogalibrary.org/event/6719894
|Make Greeting Cards: Bainbridge Library Sat., July 9, 2 p.m.
Make greeting cards for all occasions with a special dye-cutter and fancy paper. Everyone loves to get happy mail, and you’ll be making creative, designs and messages to perk others up. Register: https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com/event/8872539
|Yoga and Kindness Card Making: Metzenbaum Thurs., July 14, 4 p.m.
Join us for a gentle yoga class and learn how the practice of yoga helps us be kind to ourselves. Then, we’ll share ideas about how we can be kind to others. Take a couple of kindness cards and give them to others. Maybe hide them in fun places for people to find! Register: Call Marsha at 440-729-9406
|Make a Blanket: Bainbridge Library Sat., Aug. 13, 2 p.m.
A snuggly hug of kindness! Make a special blanket to keep or give away as a gift. Register: https://geaugalibrary.libcal.com/event/8872650
Be Kind to Your Body with Nutrition Awareness: Chagrin Falls Library Tues., Sept. 6, 4 p.m.