September 11th – 21st marked the first time Compassionate Winston-Salem “co-opeted” in the 2013 Compassion Games! So, while we wait for the international group to make the big announcement as to which city ‘won’ the Games, we thought we’d share the numbers compiled on our end. I’m not sure if Winston-Salem has ever attempted to calculate all the acts of service completed and received within a certain period of time, but I have to say how proud I am to declare that during the period of the games,
We had a total of 1378 volunteers
Equaling a total of 5817.5 hours served,
and from those totals, 7830 people were served.
All of that, in just 10 days. Wow.
Thank you to the following groups and organizations for joining in on the Compassion Games, and providing the numbers to we needed to submit a report to Compassion Games International (in no particular order):
- Bethesda Center for letting us coordinate a group of community-based citizens wanting to connect and serve those in need.
- Compassionate Action Partner volunteers – Love Letters project and Acts of Kindness Day
- Purrrlesque – Food Drive
- The Second Harvest Food Bank
- Shalom Project – Green Street Church
- “Welcome Table” – Green Street Church
- Samaritan Ministries
- Ardmore UMC served twice within the 10 days!
- Anthony’s Plot – Festival of Shelters
- Hospice & Palliative Care – Hospice Healing Drive and Advanced Care Clinic
- Habitat for Humanity
- Human Relations Commission of City of Winston-Salem
- Forsyth County Library – On the Same Page
- United Way of Forsyth County – Rock the Block Fun Run and Festival
- Moore Magnet Elementary School – Compassionate Placemats for the diners at Samaritan Ministries
Keep in mind: These were just a handful of organizations and programs we had time to reach out to and ask to join in on the games before they started! Imagining that there were many other groups and organizations committing acts of compassion during the Compassion Games, I feel safe guessing we could have doubled those numbers!
As our website says: “All the events, activities, and compassionate programs listed to compile the numbers for this year’s games were already planned! Imagine what we’ll be able to list for the 2014 Games!” 🙂
Now that the games are over, the Compassion does not end! Stay tuned to our Monthly Events page to see what other compassionate acts are happening around town. You will find Compassionate Winston-Salem at the LINK-UP festival held at the BB&T Ballpark, Saturday, October 12th, 9am – 12pm.
A big THANK YOU to everyone for their help, assistance, volunteer mindset, and of course, kind-hearted compassion. It is truly heart-warming to witness all the compassionate acts we commit on a daily basis, in our personal and professional lives. Thank you, citizens of Winston-Salem for showing me that my belief of living in a Compassionate City, is in fact, so very true. Please feel free to share with anyone this wonderful news.