Building a Peaceful Local Community

How To Build Community

building community

Turn off your TV   *   Leave your house   *   Know your neighbors
Look up when you are walking   *   Greet people   *   Sit on your stoop
Plant Flowers   *   Use your library   *   Play together
Buy from local merchants   *   Share what you have   *   Help a lost dog
Take children to the park   *   Garden Together
Support Neighborhood Schools   *   Fix it even if you didn’t break it
Have Pot Lucks   *   Honor Elders   *   Pick Up Litter   *   Read Stories Aloud
Dance in the Street   *   Talk to the Mail Carrier
Listen to the Birds   *   Put up a Swing   *   Help Carry Something Heavy
Barter For Your Goods   *   Start A Tradition   *   Ask A Question
Hire Young People for Odd Jobs   *   Organize a Block Party
Bake Extra and Share   *   Ask For Help When You Need It
Open Your Shades   *   Sing Together   *   Share Your Skills
Take Back the Night   *   Turn Up The Music   *   Turn Down The Music
Listen Before You react To Anger   *   Mediate A Conflict
Seek To Understand
Learn From New And Uncomfortable Angles
Know That No One is Silent Though Many Are Not Heard
Work To Change This

Text: Members SCW Community ©1998.

Artist: Karen Kerney, watercolor. SCW© 1998

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Pay it Forward:

Pay It Forward

Start a revolution–it begins with you!
The premise of the novel Pay It Forward is one that any person can implement in his or her own life, at any time. It begins with doing a favor for another person– without any expectation of being paid back. Indeed one would request that the recipient of that favor do the same for someone else: ideally for three other people. The unconditional favors can be large or small. As the fictional 12-year-old Trevor observes, “It doesn’t have to be a big thing. It can just seem that way, depending who you do it for.”



The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Random Acts of Kindness

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.


Life Vest Inside

By creating an exciting and accessible kindness experience, we will become more aware of the opportunities that surround us and recognize our potential to change the world, simply by changing ourselves.

Charity work and community service are invaluable tools for bettering our world, but kindness is more than good deeds or volunteerism alone. Kindness is empathy, compassion, and human connection; it’s a smile, a touch, or a comforting word. Even the smallest gesture can brighten a dark day or ease a heavy burden.

LVI works to cultivate the awareness that individuals can effect real and positive change in the people around them, simply by ‘living kindness:’ by embodying empathy and compassion in our day-to-day lives. LVI seeks to spread kindness and goodwill through the sharing of Acts of Kindness Cards, connecting our users to various inspirational media through film and the Internet. And further through the implementation of our Social Emotional Learning Program


Kind Over Matter

Touching the world with kindness, inspiration, gentleness & love.

Focusing heavily on the handmade community, independent artists & entrepreneurs, Kind Over Matter, is dedicated to kind acts, inspirational stories, art & projects. In essence, Feel Good Nouns.

********************** is a social action platform that empowers anyone, anywhere to start, join, and win campaigns for social change. Millions of people sign petitions on each month on thousands of issues, winning campaigns every day to advance change locally and globally.


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