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Compassionate Communities 

Acts of Kindness Maine aims to learn from other efforts around the country that are creating compassionate cities, counties and states, and to leverage Maine's unique traditions of civility and close-knit communities to become a leader in this national movement.   


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The Kindland initiative was launched in 2020 by local nonprofit leader Stuart Muszynski to get the entire city of Cleveland to “just be kind.” Orange billboards have lately sprouted up along highways telling citizens here, “Together, We Are Kindland,” and people can use the “Just Be Kind” app to track everyday good deeds around town. The aim of the project — a reaction in part to the viciousness of American politics today — is nothing less than to “make Cleveland and its region the kindest place in the country.” The end game is loftier still: “to make kindness the overriding, embedded, and unifying national value in America,” and thereby help heal all manner of societal ills.

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Compassionate San Antonio

. . . is a grassroots movement that promotes, supports and celebrates San Antonio’s commitment to be a world-class compassionate city: one where the civic government, the religious and volunteer organizations, the businesses, the community and its educational institutions come together to recognize the importance and value of compassion in the life of a city and by doing so create an ethos of compassion and a safety net for its most vulnerable citizens.

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Compassionate San Diego

We aim to create a network of communities in San Diego County that honor compassion in their everyday decision-making and activities, in which each community finds its own path to establishing compassion as a driving and motivating force and to evaluating and addressing its own “discomforts.” 

We affirm and aim to bring to life the principles articulated in the Charter for Compassion and support the work of Compassionate California.


Compassionate Houston

Compassionate Houston is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the compassionate culture of Greater Houston through awareness, education, community, and service. Founded in 2011 by Rev. Betty Adam and a nucleus of dedicated co-founders such as The Boniuk Center, Rothko Chapel, and Interfaith Ministries, Compassionate Houston was inspired by the Charter for Compassion. Its principles of treating others with respect, encouraging appreciation of cultural and religious diversity, and cultivating an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings were our aspirational foundation.

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