In 2022, join us to “Continue the Kindness” with Orem’s Kindness Committee. Check out ways you can be kind to others (and yourself!) all year long below.
This month’s theme is Be Kind to Your Mind! It is so important to take care of our minds and mental health daily in order to gain greater happiness.
Here are a few ideas of things you can do to take care of your mental health:
- Recognize and talk about your feelings.
- Take time to enjoy 15 minutes outdoors.
- Say "no" to social events that overwhelm you.
- Call someone you care about but haven't talked to in a while.
- Check up on your mental health at MHAScreening.org.
- Go off the grid and spend some time with someone face-to-face.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Take a break and give yourself some "me" time!
- Do something you're good at.
- Accept who you are.
- Care for and serve others.
#kindframeofmind #youareenough #betheone #glowithkindness #bekindtoyourmind #makethedifference
This month, take some time to "Treat Yo Self!" Spend some time doing the things you love, and try to remember to think and speak kindly about yourself.
This month, show some extra love and kindness to the people in your life who have special needs.
To celebrate our friends with special needs, the Orem Kindness Committee is encouraging community members to make Shamrock appreciation cards to let them know how lucky we are to have them in our community. The cards will be distributed to different providers serving those with special needs in our community.
We will be collecting cards through the month of March. Please use this template and use your creativity! Cards can be dropped off in the "pots of gold" at the Orem City Center (south lobby) at 56 North State Street, Orem, or at the Orem Library (main lobby), at 58 North State Street, Orem.
We only have one earth, so let's each do our part to keep it beautiful!
Join us for our Be Kind to the Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 22 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM at the City Center Park north pavilion & stage. We will make homemade bird feeders, plastic bag mats for refugees, have a storytelling event, tree scavenger hunt, educational booths, and more! Please note that this is not an allergy-free event as we will be working with peanut butter to make the bird feeders.
Drop off your plastic bags at the City Center or Library starting on Monday, April 4. Please bring empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls to the Earth Day event to make bird feeders.
Teens need love too! Show some extra kindness to the teens in your life this month.
- The Boys & Girls Club of Utah County strives to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens and leaders. You can volunteer to teach your skills to club members and create lasting experiences, or donate.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah (BBBSU) provides one-on-one adult mentors to Utah children (ages 6-18) facing adversity. You can sign up to become a volunteer, or donate money or clothes and household items.
- Teens Act strives to empower students to graduate from high school and go on to higher education. They focus on students who are struggling academically, who are first-generation college-bound, and are from low-income environments. Teens Act offers a specialized curriculum; mentor support; motivational speakers; campus tours; and third-party relationships with colleges and universities, community businesses, and partner organizations. Learn how you can volunteer or donate.
- Telos specializes in helping teenage boys with depression, anxiety, processing issues, substance abuse, addiction, social problems, and learning differences. You can donate to help.
- The Heritage Community is a therapeutic, residential treatment center that seeks to help teens learn how to overcome their personal difficulties to become vital, valued members of their community. You can donate to help.
Download the June 2020 "Be Kind to Your Body" calendar here!
Kindness Ideas – Body
- Practice gratitude. Studies have found that cultivating gratitude results in health benefits, such as more optimism and better health; improved sleep quality; increased self-esteem; increased helpfulness and empathy; and increased resilience.
- Focus on nutritious snacks and meals. If you eat quality, whole foods instead of less nutritious processed foods, you will have the energy you need to get through the day. No matter how busy you are, make it a habit to eat three meals a day, and take the time to make sure they’re healthy!
- Listen to your body. Feeling run down? That’s the time to put a hold on work or social activities and rest. Curl up with a book, skip your workout, just listen to what your body needs. A day or two of rest will help you feel re-energized.
- Get enough sleep. Nothing feels better than a good night of sleep! It takes conscious effort to put away the computer or work stuff and just go to bed, but it’s always worth it.
- Be kind to others. Helping others can reduce your stress level and creates a chain reaction of kindness. Practicing simple, daily acts of kindness makes a huge difference in your overall well-being.
Show some extra love to the women and girls in your life!
For our July Kindness project, the Orem Kindness Committee is collecting feminine hygiene products for local service organizations. Donation bins will be available from July 11th through July 15th at the south side of the Orem City Center, inside the front doors at the Orem Family Fitness Center, and inside the main doors of the Orem Library.
Ladies' Night Out at the Orem Family Fitness Center - Friday, July 15 • 6 PM - 8 PM
This month, take the time to help children and families in need as they prepare to go back to school.
Community Drive: Items for Community Action Kids' Nutrition Packs - drop off at Orem City Center or Orem Public Library all throughout August. We're accepting granola bars, fruit and grain bars, natural juice boxes, peanut butter crackers, raisins, Easy Mac, Chef Boyardee microwave meals, etc.
Free Event: Kindness Walk | Saturday, August 27 at 9:00 AM | Orem Community Hospital. Join us for a community walk to celebrate and encourage kindness in our city. We will also be accepting donations for the Kids' Nutrition Packs here!
- Tabitha’s Way provides food and supplies to approximately 5,000 individuals in need each month. Learn how to donate money, hold a food drive, or volunteer at the food pantry here.
- Community Action Services and Food Bank provides the resources to help stabilize the crises of individuals in needs by meeting their basic critical needs (such as food and housing) while providing them with the long-term solutions needed to rebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency, enabling them to break out of poverty. Learn how to volunteer, provide specialty kits, or donate.
- Kids on the Move provides services to support families with young children with special needs. Our mission is to support the development of young children, through four main programs: Early Intervention, Early Head Start, the KOTM Autism Center, and KOTM Respite Care. You can volunteer, donate supplies or money.
- The Family Support & Treatment Center aims to build a community of healthy, happy individuals and families through education and the prevention of child abuse, trauma, and other personal and family concerns.
- You can help by playing with children in the Crisis Nursery, helping with yard work and other maintenance, helping with events, organizing a fundraiser, or sharing specific skills, talents, and experience. See more information about volunteer opportunities and donations.
- The Children’s Justice Center is a homelike facility which serves children and families who are experiencing the crisis and chaos that comes with the disclosure of a significant physical or sexual abuse of a child. Learn how to help here.
All of our neighborhoods could use a little extra love.
- The annual Fall Neighborhood Cleanup will be held this month (check out orem.org/cleanup for more information)
- United Way Day of Caring
- Our primary mission began as a way to feed the hungry. Over the years, we’ve expanded to offer other meaningful services including hygiene, shower facilities, laundry services, internet access, haircuts, transitional housing, client outreach, education, and more. We have fashioned a collaborative service model by partnering with Wasatch Mental Health, Share a Smile Foundation, and Mountainlands Community Health Center to additionally provide on-site mental health, dental, and medical services.
- Check out their website to learn how to volunteer and donate
- Community Action Services and Food Bank is a nonprofit organization in Provo, Utah, that provides a two-step process to solving poverty: first, to provide the resources to help stabilize the person’s crisis, and then to help them rebuild their life. Since 1967, our agency has helped stabilize the crises in the lives of people in need by meeting their basic critical needs (such as food and housing) while providing them with the long-term solutions needed to rebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency, enabling them to break out of poverty.
- You can help by hosting a food drive, serving at the walk-in food bank, donating specialty kits, serving in group activities, and more. Check out their website to learn more.
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- Veterans Day is November 11. Attend the City's annual Veterans Day program, and say "thank you" to a veteran in your community.
- Take some time to say "Thank You!" to our community heroes. Police officers, firefighters, public works workers, and more--they keep our city running!
Orem's Annual Kindness Week
Hi! I’m Glory Thomas, the founder of Orem Kindness Week.
Here in Orem, Mayor Richard Brunst and the City Council believes that even a teenager can make a difference. When I presented the idea of a city-wide Kindness Week they loved it and thought it would be especially important with all that is going on in the world.
My hope is that Orem can be the city to lead out in this and eventually we will have a statewide Kindness Week. Please join us in 2021 for our 6th annual Orem Kindness Week, Nov. 15th – 22nd and help continue the culture of kindness in Orem.
Drop-off boxes in City Hall and in the Library
Kindness Week Agenda 2021
- Mon. Nov. 15 • Kindness Kickoff– Join us at the Orem Senior Friendship Center from 7 – 8 PM for a benefit concert that celebrates kindness
- Tue. Nov. 16 • Kindness in our Neighborhoods – Serve your neighbors! Submit entries for the Kindest Neighborhood in Orem
- Wed. Nov. 17 • Kindness in our Schools & Workplaces – Participate in this Kindness Activity and submit entries for the Kindest School & Business in Orem
- Thu. Nov. 18 • Kindness in our Families – Join us for an EveryDay Strong training at 6 PM at Trailside Elementary School (452 N Vineyard Loop Rd, Vineyard). Learn about “Empowering Kindness” from Rachelle Castor, a mother, grandmother, author, and early childhood educator who has worked a lifetime to understand the unseen world of emotions.
- Fri. Nov. 19 • Kindness in our World – Give 3 compliments to 3 people in person or on social media and use the hashtag #oremkindnessweek
- Sat. Nov. 20 • Kindness in our Community – Circle of Kindness Activity at the Orem Family Fitness Center from 3 – 5 PM; Kindness Awards will be presented at 4 PM
- Sun. Nov. 21 • Kindness in our Culture – Watch for a video of inclusion
- Mon. Nov. 22 • Continue the Kindness – Watch for a video of kind acts
Orem Kindness Week Sponsors
Orem Family Fitness Center, SCERA, Trailside Elementary School,, TURN Community Services, United Way of Utah County, Applebee’s, Chick-fil-A, Crumbl, Dairy Queen, J. Dawgs, MiDiCi, Menchie’s, Wienerschnitzel
Kindness Ambassador Award 2017
Scera Elementary, Cascade Elementary, Timpanogos High School
Sunshine Heroes Foundation
Kindness Award Winners 2016
Gleason Family, Bleyl Family, Nalani Young
Timpanogos High School, Cascade Elementary, Northridge Elementary
J-U-B Engineers, Inc., Miracle Bowl, Quick Quack Car Wash
Mercedes Benz of Lindon & Geneva Elementary
North Main Street Neighborhood, Windsor Neighborhood