Dreams from our Youth and Children

Children and youth attending the Festival of Faith and Culture Nov. 10 shared the following dreams, using imagination installations’ “imagine when” exercise:

Imagine when “everyone liked you!”       Hailey

Imagine when “everyone lives together.”      Isaiah

Imagine when “everyone lived forever.”     Elijah

Imagine when “there is no school!!!!!!!”   

Imagine when “everybody helps each other.”     Lily

Imagine when “nobody disagreed over anything – no wars.”    Anna

Imagine when “I want to be the first kid programmer.”    Mustapha

Imagine when “there is a world with no hate.”    Sarvesh

Imagine when…”not to have trash all over the place.”   Mohamed

Imagine when “there is no violence.”

Imagine when “everybody was treated right.”    Niara

Imagine when “everybody was happy.”    Alma

Imagine when “everyone is happy.”   Abdul

Imagine when “people are nice to you.”   Carmen Tre Scott

Imagine when “all people are welcome.”   Elisabeth

Imagine when…”I want peace.”

Imagine when “brothers and sisters did not fight.”    Alyssa

Imagine when “everybody loves everybody.”   Lee and Alex


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Kwanzaa schedule

Kwanzaa schedule

Winston-Salem’s city-wide Kwanzaa celebration will be observed Dec. 26 through January 1 at locations across the city. All of the events are free and open to the public.

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“Imagining When” at PRIDE Winston-Salem

Visitors to Compassionate Winston-Salem’s booth at Saturday’s PRIDE Winston-Salem Festival brought their imaginations.  Using the Imagination Installations “imagine when” project, they shared their dreams.  We imagine when:

 “No freedom ‘til we are equal.”  Charla Jayde

“Everyone accepts and loves one another.”

“The earth is but one country and humankind its citizens.”:

“Help people.”  Andy

“Peace Reigns.”  Paul

“We all can have equality and equal rights for everyone.”  Alicia Bundy

“Every action is determined by and with love.”  Kevin Mundy

“When people accept, respect and embrace difference.”  Seneca

“It’s about hearts, not parts.”

“We could all get along.  We are all God’s children.”

“Peace makes the world go round.”

“Judging is light to a higher being.”

“The world is free of discrimination.”

“It will not be gay marriage.  It will be called marriage.”

“Our differences are celebrated.”  Sandy

“Careing.”  Kevin

 “Love rules.”  T. Ward

“Light overcomes darkness.”

“Compassion and understanding.”  John

“There is no hate, only love.”

“Love conquers hate.”

“Love others as you love yourselves.”  Chaz

“Your Momma knows you’re at Pride.”  Betsy

“You can be exactly who you are!” Latoya D. Cheek

“Building bridges are more prevalent than building road blocks.”

“We all treat each other with kindness.”  Deborah



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H.O.P.E. Is Coming to Winston-Salem

H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem is a new nonprofit, community-wide interfaith effort to bring nutritious meals to children aged 0-18 in their own neighborhoods on Sundays, the one day not covered by the federal lunch program or the backpack program.

Winston-Salem has been in the top cities in the U.S. for several years for hunger in families with children. North Carolina and Louisiana are the worst states in the U.S. this year for hunger in children less than five years old. Malnutrition and obesity are affecting the health and schoolwork of our children. It’s time to change that!

Nutritious food will be bought by H.O.P.E. and meals will then be assembled by faith groups and college organizations and delivered via a large brightly colored truck with music, much like an ice cream truck. Sites will be located in food deserts and poverty areas in Forsyth County. Athletes from WFU and WSSU will be handing out the lunches; faith groups will supervise the children as they eat.

Produce will be collected from community gardens, farmers’ markets and grocery stores, will be bagged with recipes attached and given to adults in an effort to change eating habits in families and therefore improve health.

Faith groups can help in several ways:

  1. Volunteer to assemble the lunches. It will take 4 people less than an hour to make 100 lunches. This can be done at your own church on Saturday or Sunday or at the Loaves and Fishes building on 5th St. across from the central library.
  2. Pay for some of the lunches. It’s a dollar a lunch! If 100 faith groups pay for 100 lunches each month (that’s only $25 a week), we can feed 10,000 children each month.
  3. Do a fundraiser. Donate. Donations are tax-deductible (send to The Winston-Salem Foundation with a notation that it is for H.O.P.E. until our 501(c)(3) goes through).
  4. Be a site for delivery. Contact H.O.P.E. to talk about it.
  5. Plant  Rows of H.O.P.E. in your garden next spring and donate that produce.

Together… with a small effort from many, we can make a huge difference for those who are hungry in our community.

Contact ben@hopews.org or marty@hopews.org or 336 703-5262.

For more information, visit www.hopews.org

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Compassion Games Totals for Compassionate Winston-Salem

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.

In compassion,
Drea Parker

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“Imagining When” at Salemtowne Retirement Community

Residents at Salemtowne Retirement Community recently used Imagination Installation’s “imagine when” exercise to make dreams for a compassionate community.  These are some of their dreams:


every child in Winston-Salem is fed.


everyone showed more EMPATHY toward one another!


there is no racism.


every neighborhood is safe and clean.


every person has access to excellent health care.


our seniors could be cared for like they have cared for others.


a lot of love is spread among everyone.


school is a safe place.


everyone truly treats others the way they want to be treated.


Every daily activity is as meaningful as the time I spend with you all

here at Salemtowne! Declare it … today will be happy!


Alzheimer’s is cured.


swords are turned into plowshares and people do things which lead to

peace and prosperity.                                                                      


Dads worked and Moms could stay home with the children.


it will not matter whether one is gay or straight.


everybody loves your neighbor.


small children obey their parents!


everybody gives a smile to everyone they meet.


everybody speaks to their neighbor.


everyone practices the “Golden Rule.”


everyone can get along with each other!


people of every color, shape, size and other individualities respect and care for each other.                                                                        


everyone gives without expecting anything in return.                                                        


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From the Caring Folks at Hospice

Julie Thompsonstew on fire

(This post was supplied by Hospice Palliative Care Center, which serves the Northwest Piedmont of North Carolina.)

Compassionate Winston-Salem (CWS) is an initiative that brings a focus to the many acts of service provided in our town.  HPCC is a partner in this initiative, and the Hospice Healing Build is one of the community activities highlighted under CWS.  On September 19, 2013 Quality Services staff participated in another activity – feeding the clients at the Bethesda Center shelter.

Julie Thompson organized our event, including menu planning, shopping, set-up and serving.  In addition, Julie and her husband, Sam, took on the challenge of making a huge pot of vegetable stew, cooked over an open fire.

In addition to the stew the menu included bread and butter, fruit, snack bars, and the highlight of the evening – homemade cobbler, brownies and cookies from Stacey Pollard’s daughters.   Some folks were unable to help serve but made contributions to help fund the meal.  We also appreciated Rosemary Niles’ bread donation!

About 55 clients were served, many of whom came back for seconds on stew and dessert.  This was a great way to spend an evening and give back just a little bit to our community.

Hospice crew

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Acting Out Compassionate Action Month in Winston-Salem

The City of Winston-Salem will observe Acts of Kindness Day (A-OK Day) Friday September 13 by proclamation of Mayor Allen Joines.

            The day’s activities are part of Winston-Salem’s Compassionate Action Month in September and participation by the city in the international Compassion Games beginning September 11 and ending with the International Day of Peace on September 21.

            Events in Winston-Salem are being coordinated by Drea Parker of Compassionate Winston-Salem, which was organized by Interfaith Winston-Salem.  Winston-Salem was recognized in August by Compassionate Action Network International as one of the world’s first 20 official cities of compassion.

            “We’re encouraging everyone in the community – youth, adults, families – to make a special effort to show kindness to everyone and everything around them,” Parker said.  She added that volunteers will be providing meals to the homeless, building Habitat homes, supporting the Second Harvest Food Bank’s “Go Orange” promotion, working with a blood drive at Wake Forest University, distributing kindness cards, feeding expired parking meters and a variety of other activities.

            “We hope people will respond spontaneously to our invitation and that A-OK Day can become an event everyone looks forward to each year,” she said.  Additional information is available online at https://compassionatews.wordpress.com/compassion-games/

            Winston-Salem is one of 18 communities in four countries that are participating in the Compassion Games.  Others include Seattle, Louisville, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Houston.  Jon Ramer of Seattle, founder of the games, says that they are designed to help and inspire individuals to make their communities safer, kinder, more just and better places to live.

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Cultural Awareness Month in September

      Two festivals and a forum for high school students on race relations highlight the city’s observance of Cultural Awareness Month during September.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, the city is a sponsor of Fiesta, the Hispanic League’s annual Hispanic cultural festival, in downtown Winston-Salem from noon to 7 p.m. Admission is free and will include Hispanic entertainment, food and merchandise vendors. The city will have a tent with information from multiple departments to share with the public.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Human Relations Commission is co-sponsoring International Village during Rock the Block, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Corpening Plaza.  Cultures from all over the world will be showcased and celebrated through music, dancing, fashion shows, food, arts and crafts vendors, and information booths.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and Mount Tabor High School administrators will welcome participants to a Student Race Relations Forum to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mount Tabor High School. Students from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high schools will discuss their perspectives on the state of race relations.

Cultural Awareness Month coincides with, and complements, Mayor Allen Joines’ designation of September as Compassionate Action Month and September 13 as “Act of Kindness Day.” In July the City Council voted to endorse the “Charter for Compassion” developed by the Compassionate Action Network International and directed the Human Relations Commission to develop programs for pursuing the goals of the charter.

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Sometimes a Trip to the Beautician Is an Emergency

I clearly remember my late friend Emily Lineback talking about the importance to her of the Ardmore Transportation Ministry.

Not familiar with the ministry at the time, I asked her if the purpose was to provide transportation in times of emergency.

“Yes,” she told me.  “It certainly was an emergency for me last week.  I couldn’t drive, and I needed to get my hair fixed before church on Sunday.”

After more than 40 years of service to clients age 62 and above in the Ardmore neighborhood in Winston-Salem, transportation to the beauty parlor is still one of the services provided by Ardmore Transportation Ministry.  However, most of the trips are for visits to medical doctors, dentists and the grocery store.  Twenty-four hours of notice is needed.

Larry Martin, who leads the group, says that volunteers take people for appointments in the area around Wake Forest Baptist Hospital and Forsyth Memorial but that some trips go as far as medical offices in the Jonestown Road area.

“The transportation service has been a saving grace for many elderly people,” Martin said.  “For some there are no other real options.  They may have no family in the area, and many of them cannot afford the cost of a taxi.”

Jan Wilson, another long-time volunteer, said, “Every community should have a service like this.”

Volunteers from Ardmore United Methodist Church, Ardmore Baptist Church and Highland Presbyterian church handle the program.  They pay all of the expenses themselves.  Some volunteers respond to phone calls and schedule trips while others provide the transportation.  The office is open daily 10 a.m. until noon to accept calls.

Martin and Wilson said they would like to see other neighborhood churches join them and that they could use additional volunteers to answer the phones and provide transportation.  For more information, call Martin at 336-765-1680 or the office at 336-722-5686.

Jerry McLeese

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