2013 Compassion Games


 Winston-Salem joined 18 other cities across the USA to play the Compassion Games. The challenge to play the Compassion Games came from Mayor Greg Fisher, of Louisville, KY, asking his citizens to perform acts of service in that community during a one-week period in April. His goal was 55,000 acts of service. Instead, more than 90,000 acts of service were recorded, and Mayor Fischer proclaimed his city “the most compassionate city in the world.”

In 2012, with the support of King County, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, and Seattle City Council, Seattle took up the challenge and the “Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest” were born.  If you’d like to join us in creating the Winston-Salem Compassion Games, here’s how to play:

How did we play?

Some of us:
were Secret Agents of Compassion
practiced Random Acts of Kindness
submitted Art
submitted Writing (poetry, essay, stories)
held Compassion Meditation
held a Compassion Storytelling Event
joined Compassion Drumming, and of course
Volunteered in the Community

Local Community Groups that participated in the 2013 Games:

* On The Same Page
*Free medical clinic and meal: “Welcome Table” at Green Street by The Shalom Project
*Bethesda Center -Feeding the homeless – Clann C
*Hospice Healing Build
*Purrrlesque Food Drive
*Ardmore United Church: Samaritan Inn
*Unchained Forysyth: Build a fence and Unchain Paws!
*Food pantry and clothes closet at Green Street Church
*”Festival of Shelters”
*Bethesda Center – Feeding the homeless – CompassionateWS
*Ardmore United Church: Samaritan Inn
*International Festival – United Way of Forsyth County

September 11th – 21st marked the first time Compassionate Winston-Salem “co-opeted” in the 2013 Compassion Games! We’re 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 we are so proud 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. Compassionate Winston-Salem was also 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 that the belief of living in a Compassionate City, is in fact, so very true. Please feel free to share with anyone this wonderful news.
A little bit of history on this movement that started back in 2008 by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Karen Armstrong, and other various spiritual luminaries.  They created the Charter for Compassion.  That led to the Compassion Action Network being created two years later, in Seattle Washington.

From there, over 19 cities world-wide have joined the campaign to be declared a Compassionate City. Since then, an annual “co-opetition” that began over two years ago, has cities “battling” it out to see who is the most compassionate city.  Mayor Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky has declared his to be the most in the world.

Next year, we can not only put Winston-Salem on the map for becoming the FIRST Compassionate City in the SOUTH, but we will give Mayor Fisher and the other “co-opeting” cities a run for their…. Compassion!  ☺

The Compassion Games were September 11th – 21st, 2013. All the events, activities, and compassionate programs listed above were already planned during this period!  Imagine what we’ll be able to list for the 2014 Games!

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