Hello, all, and welcome back to #CaptureKindness! Last week’s theme was “be kind online.” I feel like this is an especially important one. It’s sometimes easy to forget that behind all the blogs and tweets and posts and random photos online, are real people with real feelings and the things that you say and do while on social media can have real-life consequences. I know that sounds extremely boring and parent-y, but it’s true. Have you ever posted a pic or vid or just a thought online and received a nasty comment? It didn’t feel good, I’ll bet. Think about that before commenting or posting online.
Okay, my lecture is over. For my online kindness, I chose to make a .jpg (above) to remind people that they are important and loved. Please feel free to copy and share. There are also sites like Sarahah that allow you to leave anonymous messages to perk someone up. I’ve also recommended artist, Emm Roy. Her doodles are perfect for sending to people who need a smile. (Always remember to credit the artist, though.)
Reminder: this week, be kind to the environment! I’ll be back next week with my report and images!
Last year, the Vortex took some inspiration from Random Acts of Kindness and built a kindness tree. This year the organization is back with a 14-week challenge called #CaptureKindness.
Each week between World Kindness Day on November 13 through Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17, participants are challenged to do something nice for someone else (or even themselves), take a photo of the kind act, and post it to social media with the hashtag, #CaptureKindness. Each week has a different theme so you don’t even have to rack your brain coming up with ideas.
And, if kindness itself isn’t its own reward, you can also win prizes for posting your pics! Visit Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for more information and to sign up. You can sign up starting on November 13.
And check in here each week to see my photos as I challenge myself to bring more kindness and smiles into the world!
Our 2017 Summer Adventure will start on June 1. Earn points by helping out someone in your everyday life. Wash the dishes, care for a pet, mow your neighbor’s lawn, care for the environment or volunteer in your community!
Become a Teen Volunteer @ the Library
Do you need volunteering hours for middle school or high school? Have you always wanted to work at a library? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fun way to give back. Either way, we’re looking for teens like you who are eager to help us out!
Help prepare crafts and materials for programs, organize and/or clean program supplies, photocopy, cut paper and more.
Volunteering takes place in the Vortex on Saturdays, June 3 & 17, July 8 & 22 and August 5 & 19 from 3–5 p.m. Space is limited to six volunteers per session.
Visit our online calendar to register. Registration opens two weeks before each volunteering session. All volunteers must be grades 6–12.
We will also hold two special sessions of volunteering on Sunday, July 23 from noon–2 p.m. for the Craft Exchange and on Monday, July 31 from 5–8 p.m. for the Ice Cream Social.
Questions? Call 630.685.4199 or send an email to email@example.com.
You can also find volunteer opportunities in your community. Perform your own random acts of kindness.
Volunteer at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital