a few stories about companies that have encouraged their employees to give back
as part of their working culture. Our hope is that once you read these you will
share the amazing stories of your company or those you know of who have made a
difference in your community!
VNA and Hospice of the Wabash Valley. This home care and hospice is based in
Terre Haute Indiana and, as a not for profit itself, understands the importance
of giving to others. One of the ways they give back is by their monthly Blue
Jean Fridays. Employees get to wear jeans, but have to pay $5 to do so. This in
turn goes to the charity/nonprofit chosen for donation that month. The original
Blue Jean Friday was a fundraiser for Orange Friday, an event that SPPRAK
President Robin Heng, helped create. From that beginning in November 2009
through today Blue Jean Friday has resulted in $23,890.24 raised for local
charities and occasionally the money has gone to employees in need. Many times,
employees will give much more than the $5 required donation, resulting in this
being a successful and fun fundraiser for the employees. VNA and Hospice has
also been a supporter of SPPRAK since the beginning, and was the drop off point
when we collected donations for Harrisburg IL tornado victims.
is Regional Hospital, part of HCA group based in Nashville TN. HCA is a large
corporation and their giving nature makes them even bigger! Terre Haute Regional Hospital is a supporter of SPPRAK, and their
mission of kindness. Regional Hospital has adopted the SPPRAK pack program in
their facility. The employees have also donated to our efforts when we
traveled to Moore OK and Harrisburg IL. The employees and our friends that work
there have risen to the occasion many times, collecting money for Orange
Friday, other charities and fellow employees in need.
for today, but certainly not least, is Indiana American Water. Apparently this
company encourages their employees to give back to the community in which they
live and work but letting them have a paid day of service. Now that is putting
their money where your heart is! On September 30, they spent time cleaning up a much graffitied fence. Where there was once an eyesore, the employees
made an example of helping a property owner reclaim what is his. It is nice to
get paid to help out, but the real reward is making a difference paid or not.
Check out the pictures and video on our website! Indiana American Water was
also instrumental in bringing the SPPRAK pack to the Vigo County Schools.
Now it is
your turn! We want to tell your story, or better yet, have you tell your story!
Is your company kind hearted? If yes, please share, if not, well now is a good
time to start! No one said the president of the company has to start the trend,
it can start with you! Share it, live it, because kindness matters!
This week was the
anniversary of a tragic event in America, the repercussions of which reached
far beyond our shores. The children who were not even in school when this
happened are now seniors in high school and college freshman. As those of us,
who can remember clearly, remember and honor those who died in this and other
events that are part of who we Americans are, wonder how can we change the
world into a kinder and gentler place.
Can an act of kindness
really make a difference? We talk about it, we practice kindness every day, and
yet is it making a difference? The short answer is of course it is. The long
term answer we have to wait and see. Our mission at SPPRAK® is to change the
culture for our children, it is the reason for the SPPRAK® pack and why we want
people to share acts of kindness with us on our Facebook page.
As a nation America has been a welcoming
place, but due to the circumstances that has had to change. Unfortunate but
true. This makes our mission more important. Acts of kindness can change
people, your volunteering to serve your fellow man is not in vain.
While opening a door for someone, or buying
another person coffee may seem like trivial acts in the big scheme of things,
they really aren't. Because you don't know the effects that your kind actions
have on someone. Like the saying goes, be kind because everyone is fighting
some kind of battle themselves. Being kind isn't a Polly Anna activity, it is
meant to make other people feel they are important because they are.
Kindness should reach across all barriers and
shouldn't really have to diminish your beliefs, unless of course there are
issues with those in the first place. Kindness does not require you to lay
down, but to rise up and conqueror the unjust. Mother Teresa certainly did not
have monetary gains but she was one of the richest women to have ever lived,
simply because of her loving and kind spirit. She has effected millions with
Today is a day to be kind,
today is the day to change someone's life, to offer a hand up instead of
beating someone down. Think about your words, your life will be richer by
making someone else's life richer. Then share your story with us and our
followers on SPPRAK® Facebook page
Recently SPPRAK spent a Saturday
asking people to write a word that meant kindness to them on the sidewalk with
chalk. The goal was to litter the sidewalk with kind words. Another goal? To
litter our world with kind words.
Every day we can spread "joy" "beauty"
"thoughtful" "helping" "love" "respect"
into the lives of those we know and those we don't know. Make someone's
Basically it is about
5 friends who travel the country spreading random acts of kindness. They are
young, which explains why living in an RV might not be too much of an issue!
The reason this is important to SPPRAK? It is the fact that these are more
young people living random acts of kindness. The world is not lost to our
children, they are well aware that there are issues. The part that they may
have trouble with is the ability to find the solution.
We, as human
beings, are capable of both extreme heartlessness and extreme kindness. We each
have to choose, and while the world out there does need our prayers, it also
needs us. You can make a difference where you are, it is up to you to choose
what kind of difference you will make. Will you be a positive force in the world,
or will you just watch others be negative forces?
The world needs you, the world needs kindness.
Remember the good old days? Sure you
do, it is what we talk about constantly, how things have changed, and we seem
to focus on what’s wrong not what’s right. But today is our children’s good old
days! There have been some changes for the better; today instead of cowering
from bullies we refuse to accept that behavior as a right of passage to grow
up. 5 year olds can operate an IPad without a second thought, have an app
problem? Ask your ‘tween and they will solve it in no time. One problem with
today’s world for children and adults alike is the inability to shut off the
world. Use to be you could go home and shut your bedroom door and read and
dream and escape.
Today that is not nearly so easy for
any of us. However, no matter the time we live in, we still want to raise good
decent human beings, with compassionate attitudes toward others. The earlier
these values are taught (or caught) the better. We all know that a 5 year old
is a sponge who wants to learn everything, and will one day be that 15 year old
who questions everything. That is a fact no matter the time!
What can we do to help children learn
these values? In a way that is non threatening and speaks to the fun side of
learning? Shameless plug for our SPPRAK pack program! Colorful kindness notes
plastered all over a large banner, what could be more fun? Catching others in
the “act” makes for much more compassion than complaining about the youth of
today. Our program is unique in that everyone gets recognized, for simply
being kind to another. There may be a citizen of the month, but there will also
be a banner full of kindnesses that will continue to grow. We can’t turn back those
clocks but we can take advantage of what we know and teach our children about
being kind to one another.
Children catch whatever we throw their way, kindness
and compassion or hatred, what do you want to be caught? Right now, stop and
take a look at our banner program. If you don’t have children of your own, or
your children are grown, please do not dismiss this as not including you. There
are many schools that would love to have this program that cannot afford the
cost. But if you can bless them with one,
think of the positive change you can effect. How will you know? Well, SPPRAK
follows each school with the program, trust us you will know! Get to clicking,
watch those videos and share SPPRAK with your friends, because (say it with us)
Be the kind of kind
friend that you would want to have! What? We all know those people, the ones
that remember everyone's birthday, take a few extra minutes in the morning to
say hey, let someone else go first. You get the idea. Do you ever look at them
and think, wow, I want to be more like that. It's like they read the “how to be
kind to others without thinking about it” book. Is there even a book like that?
Maybe, maybe not. Either way, how did they learn to be kind and how can you, in
turn, follow their example?
One piece of advice:
Start small and simple. For instance, today say hi and smile at every one of
your coworkers. Including the one that you do not care for. Remember you are
practicing kindness, it isn't about YOU, this kindness thing. Lets say you
smile at 20 people today. Your face may hurt a little, and some may wonder what
you had for breakfast instead of coffee, but those 21 people had a little
better day, (we included you!).
You spend a significant
amount of time with the people you work with, more sometimes than you spend
with those you love. What kind of work environment do you want to have? It
doesn't even matter to us where you work, YOU can change the workplace. We
know, everyone at your place is _____, we will let you fill in that blank. Guess
what else we know? Everyone at your place also likes kindness. They like it
when people are kind to them, and they like to have the opportunity to be kind.
So, today is your day!
Your opportunity to show a little kindness, to be the change you want to see!
Get up, get out and get to SPPRAKin! Oh, and share your kindness tales with us