City of Huntington Beach Joins the Movement to Become an Official “City of Kindness”
The City of Huntington Beach is committed to becoming a catalyst of kindness in the United States by inspiring residents, community organizations, schools, and local businesses to help create a kinder, more gracious world. Mayor Barbara Delgleize kicked off this movement by signing a City of Kindness pledge, which was inspired by the 100 Billion Acts of Kindness Resolution drafted and ratified in June 2016 at the 84th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. Motivated by the nearly 300 U.S. cities that adopted the resolution, Huntington Beach commits to fostering a culture of kindness and sharing resources to inspire kindness.
“City of Kindness aims to change the culture of every U.S. city through simple, powerful and unsolicited acts of kindness, and we’re signing on to do our part,” said Mayor Delgleize. “I encourage everyone to practice kindness daily to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors and set an example for the next generation of leaders we’re raising here in Huntington Beach.”
Mayor Delgleize officially kicked off “City of Kindness” at Ocean View School District’s Annual “Employee Welcome Back Event” this morning, Thurs., Aug. 31, with nearly 1,000 teachers, administrators and support staff in attendance.
City of Kindness developed an online Kindness Counter as a coordinated way to track progress toward the goal. City of Kindness introduced the Kindness Counter during a special program organized by Born This Way Foundation as part of NBC’s #ShareKindness Experience. Displayed at cityofkindness.org, the master Kindness Counter aggregates all entries nationwide and tallies the total in real time to track the spread of kindness throughout the United States.
After performing an act of kindness, residents and others in the city can go to www.cityofkindness.org to record their act. Huntington Beach’s efforts will be added to the master Kindness Counter’s national count at cityofkindness.org. To generate awareness, participants are encouraged to use the hash tags #HBkindness #cityofkindness and #kindnesscounter.
“Kindness is free to express and something every resident can demonstrate in their daily lives,” Mayor Delgleize said. “You can shape what kindness looks like to you – from reading a book to a child, to picking up a piece of trash on your walk to school, to delivering a meal to a homebound senior or giving up your seat to another rider on the bus. Just complete an act of kindness a day and submit it on the city’s Kindness Counter. Every kind act is one step closer to creating a kinder world.”
About City of Kindness
City of Kindness is a nationwide initiative to work with kindness organizations and leverage the outreach strategies of brands and organizations that espouse kindness. By working together, City of Kindness aims to inspire people to think about what kindness means to them, adopt kindness as a daily ritual for living and use the Kindness Counter, an online aggregator of acts of kindness. City of Kindness launch partners include the Born This Way Foundation, Kind Campaign, KIND Healthy Snacks and Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Learn more at cityofkindness.org.
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