Orem’s Kindness Committee

In 2019 (Orem’s Centennial year), we launched the “100 Kind Acts” committee which encouraged people to do kind acts in their homes, neighborhoods, and community. This year, we’re “continuing the kindness” with Orem’s Kindness Committee. Check out ways you can be kind to others (and yourself!) all year long below.

To start off the year, we want to be kind to our minds by focusing on reading, learning, and prioritizing our (and others’) mental health! Be kind to your mind every day. Here are some ideas for you to get started:

 

Parent Education Resource Center

  • The Parent Education Resource Center (PERC) operates in the basement of the Orem Public Library and acts as a learning library of its own, offering toys, games, and enrichment for children and parents alike.
  • You can donate any new or slightly used educational games, puzzles, toys, musical instruments, or other items that can be used to teach children or parents who work with children. You can also become a regular volunteer by committing to one year of regular volunteer service, usually 3 hours a week. This service includes helping patrons, interacting with young mothers and children, running the computer cataloging system, and counting and becoming familiar with great games and activities for children and the parents who work with children.

Project Read

  • Project Read provides one-on-one tutoring services to adults with low literacy skills in Utah County and changes lives through literacy by empowering individuals, strengthening families, and building community.
  • Learn how to become a tutor, or donate to project Read.

United Way EveryDay Learners

  • EveryDay Learners is a movement to strengthen our communities by encouraging families, neighbors, and organizations to engage in everyday learning opportunities, starting with helping every child read. EveryDay Learners strives to help 100% of third-graders in our community read proficiently.
  • You can help by donating books for struggling readers, volunteering to help support local students by being a tutor in an elementary school, or by reading with your children and their friends.

Wasatch Mental Health

  • Wasatch Mental Health is a comprehensive community mental health center offering programs and services for children, teens, and adults.
  • See information about volunteer opportunities and donations.

Family Support & Treatment Center

  • 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.

This month, take some time to do some extra acts of kindness and serve your family members!

This month, show some extra love and kindness to the people in your life who have special needs. 

 

TURN Community Services

  • TURN was founded in 1973 by a group of parents who wanted better services for their adult children with disabilities. TURN now provides day, residential, and employment services to more than 800 individuals all across the state.
  • Learn how to donate and volunteer!

Kids on the Move

  • Kids On The Move provides services throughout Utah to support families with young children with special needs. KOTM supports the development of young children through four main programs: Early Intervention, Early Head Start, the KOTM Autism Center, and KOTM Respite Care.
  • Check out how you can donate supplies or volunteer to help with childcare, respite care, or special events!

Ability 1st

  • Ability 1st helps people with disabilities become independent. Ability 1st works to identify each individual’s needs, strengthen their abilities, and advocate social and political change for individuals with disabilities.
  • Learn how you can donate or volunteer!

Orem Community Hospital

  • Each year, men, women, and teens provide thousands of hours of volunteer service at Orem Community Hospital. You can work in admissions, the emergency center, the gift shop, information desks, patient services, the Well Baby nursery, and more! Check out more information here.

Timpanogos Regional Hospital

  • Volunteers provide countless hours of invaluable service at Timpanogos Regional Hospital. You can help in the main lobby desk, gift shop, emergency department, Women’s Services, NICU, inpatient units, and more! Check out more information here.

Teens need love too! Show some extra kindness to the teens in your life this month.

 

Kindness Ideas

Boys and Girls Club of Utah County

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Kindness Ideas – Animals

 

North Utah Valley Animal Shelter

  • The North Utah Valley Animal Shelter provides animal services such as pet adoptions, lost & found animals, and dog licenses. The shelter is located at 193 N 2000 W in Lindon. You can adopt a pet (see available pets here), or you can donate supplies (dog and cat food, cat litter, etc.) or money.

Best Friends Animal Society – Spay & Neuter Clinic

  • Orem has a Best Friends Animal Society Spay & Neuter Clinic. You can help provide critical supplies for animals in their care by shopping their wish list.

Show some extra love to the women and girls in your life!

 

Kindness Ideas

 

UVU Turning Point

  • UVU Turning Point provides free professional clothing for women as they enter school and/or the workforce.
  • To help, you can donate women’s suits, shirts, blouses, jackets, shoes, purses, skirts, slacks, dresses, and more! Clothing should be a current or classical style (within the last 5 years), and should be clean and in good condition. To make a donation, please call 801-863-7580 to schedule a donation time. Learn more about which items to donate here.

People Helping People

  • People Helping People is dedicated to reducing the number of children living in poverty by teaching low-income women, primarily single mothers, how to earn an adequate income through stable employment that pays a living wage.
  • Learn how to volunteer and donate.

Center for Women and Children in Crisis

  • The United Way’s Center for Women and Children in Crisis seeks to provide a caring, advocating, safe and educationally-based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and to protect victims from further abuse or exploitation.

Utah County Children’s Justice Center

  • 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 significant physical or sexual abuse of a child. The Children’s Justice Center focuses on reducing the trauma of the child abuse investigation to help the child feel safe to reveal the truth.

Family Support & Treatment Center

  • 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.

This month, take the time to help children and families in need as they prepare to go back to school.

 

Tabitha’s Way

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Family Support & Treatment Center

  • 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.

Utah County Children’s Justice Center

  • 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.

 

Kindness Ideas

  • The annual Fall Neighborhood Cleanup will be held this month (check out orem.org/cleanup for more information)
  • United Way Day of Caring

Food and Care Coalition

  • 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

  • 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. 

LDS Transient Services

  • Veterans Day is November 11. Attend the City's annual Veterans Day program, and say "thank you" to a veteran in your community.
  • Community workers appreciation

Virtual Kindness Kick-Off

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 this year for Orem Kindness Week, Nov. 16th – 23th and help continue the culture of kindness in Orem.

Kindness Week Agenda

Orem Kindness Week Sponsors

Turn Community Services, SCERA, Menchie’s, Sizzler, J Dawgs, Dairy Queen, MiDiCi

Kindness Week 2019

Kindness Ambassador
Laura Bascom
 
Kindest Business
MiDiCi
 
Kindest Neighborhood
Park Lane
 
Kindest Schools
Foothill Elementary
Noah Webster Academy
Sharon Elementary

Kindest Schools
Daylyn Seaman
Busbyberkly Peterson
Kena Jo Mathews
 
Kindest Schools
Timpanogos
Orchard Elementary
Cherry Hill Elementary
 
Kindest Business
VASA-Emily Engemann
 
Kindness Cause
RSVP-Retired Senior Volunteer Program
 
Kindest Neighborhood
Cherapple

indness Award Winners

Kindness Ambassador Award 2017
Jerry and Barbara Elison,Bryan and Terilyn Bunker Family
Kindest School Award 2017
Scera Elementary, Cascade Elementary, Timpanogos High School
Kindest Business Award 2017
The Scera
Kindest Neighborhood Award 2017
5th West
Kindest Cause Award 2017
Sunshine Heroes Foundation
 

 

Kindness Award Winners 2016

Kindness Ambassador Award 2016
Gleason Family, Bleyl Family, Nalani Young
Kindest School Award 2016
Timpanogos High School, Cascade Elementary, Northridge Elementary
Kindest Business Award 2016
J-U-B Engineers, Inc., Miracle Bowl, Quick Quack Car Wash
Honorable Mentions
Mercedes Benz of Lindon & Geneva Elementary
Kindest Neighborhood Award 2016
North Main Street Neighborhood, Windsor Neighborhood

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