KindWorks (formerly MoverMoms) is a nonprofit organization that inspires and enables busy families to actively participate in community service. We plan weekly projects at shelters, including cooking nutritious meals with recovered food, organizing bingo and birthday parties, and yoga and other activities; we set up apartments for refugee families, survivors of domestic violence and homeless men and women; and we work with incarcerated men and women in jail, to help build their confidence, interview skills, and job readiness, as well as organize a chess program at the jail. Our variety of projects each month allow our 1500+ members to join in as their schedules allow. We also hold interfaith discussions, educational programs, and cooking sessions, to increase our own understanding and to empower us to help raise a generation for whom there is no ‘other’.
It’s been a privilege to have been involved with KindWorks since it started 12 years ago as its CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer), and now also as Vice President of the Board. It’s a group that personifies how each one of us can make a difference. We are about the ‘drops in a bucket’ – each act of service is vital; a collection of drops can cause a sea change. As CIO and storyteller, I share an inspiration each day through our Facebook page; organize an annual “Inspiration Day,” an afternoon of storytelling by some of the most extraordinary women in our community; and facilitate discussions and interfaith gatherings that help us understand each other better. Our newest initiative, “Stirring it Up in the Kitchen”, invites our members to cook and share a meal together from different countries and listen to each other’s stories, ask questions, and discuss issues of faith and culture to promote greater understanding.
Some of our volunteer projects include:
- Preparing and serving dinners at homeless shelters;
- Setting up apartments for refugee families, those escaping domestic violence, and homeless men and women;
- Organizing valuable programs at shelters including yoga classes, personal essay writing workshops, a healthy living series, birthday celebrations, and coloring and meditation evenings;
- Working with inmates to develop their interview skills and confidence;
- Collecting fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets for a local food bank;
- Initiating collection drives for local organizations that need specific items;
- Educating ourselves about global issues and inspiring people, through our book club and educational programs;
- Encouraging interfaith understanding and respect through “Stirring it Up in the Kitchen” and discussion series;
- Organizing “Inspiration Day” to celebrate the personal stories of remarkable women in our community.
For more information, and to join, please visit http://kind-works.org.