Inspired when Mayor Greg Fischer suggested his city of Louisville, KY was “the most compassionate city until proven otherwise,” Jon Ramer of Compassionate Seattle took him up on it. Both great cities put their days of community service in the ring and the Compassion Games were on. It did not take long before other cities heard the same challenge. Los Angeles and Orange County CA, Nashville, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, New York City, Winston-Salem, even Gurgaon India galvanized their communities and proved they knew what “coopetition” means.
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines has proclaimed September “Compassionate Action Month” in Winston-Salem and Sunday, September 21st as “Acts of Kindness Day.” The Compassion Games will highlight the month-long emphasis on the Golden Rule — treating neighbors as we would want to be treated (Read the press release here: Compassion Games 2014 Press Release).
Compassion Games runs between September 11 (in honor of 9/11) through September 21st (International Day of Peace). Any acts of kindness (through service, volunteering, etc) can be counted and submitted to the Winston-Salem numbers reported on Compassion Games International website.
Last year we recorded 5817.5 hours of service during the Compassion Games. This year we were hoping to double that number, but with the help of so many great organizations in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, we almost tripled that number! Here’s the stats:
15895.45 hours served
8290 people served (that’s reported, but we know that number is much higher)
Local groups that participated this year and shared their volunteer information with us include:
- Be The Peace W/S
- Bethesda Center
- Cancer Services, Inc.
- Forsyth County Cooperative Extension
- Crisis Control Ministry
- Forsyth County Beekeepers & Tate’s Apiaries
- Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries
- Fur-Ever Friends of NC
- Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County
- HandsOn NWNC
- Hospice & Palliative Care Center
- Humane Solution Spay/Neuter Program
- Interfaith Winston-Salem
- Moonlight Madness 5K & Fun Run benefiting United Way of Forsyth County
- Muslim Students Association – Wake Forest University Red Cross Club
- Next Step Ministries
- Northwest Child Development Center
- Novant Health Wake Forest Medical Center
- Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
- Ronald McDonald House
- Salem College
- Salvation Army
- Samaritan Ministries
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Senior Services
- Shalom Project
- Smart Start of Forsyth County
- Sunnyside Ministry
- The Sergei Foundation
- The Shepherd’s Center
- Unchain Forsyth
- Wake Forest Medical Center
- Whole Man Ministries
The Compassion Games are designed to help, heal and inspire, making our community a safer, kinder, more just and better place to live.
No other initiative has struck a nerve, inspired the uninspired, raised the eyebrow of the skeptic, or got the attention of the weary and the tired as the Compassion movement. And no other idea to mobilize people into a new way of being compassionate has been more creative, effective and awe inspiring as the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest.
Showing up in the most unexpected places, organizing in formations unseen before, expanding and deepening in ways no one could have designed, the Compassion Games is proving to be a license to dream and find new solutions to old problems. What’s more, the Games make it OK to do serious work and have fun while doing it.
4 First Principles of Compassion
- To cultivate a disposition of loving-kindness and respect in ourselves.
- To exhibit that in how we approach each human we interact with.
- To commit to the service of others — in our neighborhood, in our country, even across the world.
- To adopt an open-mindedness — and generative, generous spirit — that leads to a creativity in solving the world’s challenges.