Boston University & KIND Snacks: World KINDness Day Event
Written by: Allison Zuckerberg, AMF Chapter Leader at Boston University
It was the KIND bar representative at BU (Melissa Gallanter) who reached out to our chapter with the idea of partnering for an event in celebration of World Kindness Day, Nov 13 – she had in mind something like the Before I Die wall we had done two years ago. With our combined efforts, we constructed a Wall of Kindness- basically, two large chalkboards with the words across the top saying, “I pledge to be kind by…” The Student Activities Office approved our event and reimbursed AMF for all the necessary materials. We reserved a space on our campus for our event to be Nov 13. We spread the word about the event through our social media accounts. The BU Ad Club helped me create digital content for mass sharing, and our vice president completed an interview with the BU radio station. Our club advisor reached out to BU Today to have an article on our club be published the day of the event, and various members contributed quotes to the article.
On the day of the event, volunteers informed passersby of the missions of both AMF and KIND. We unified our organizations through a common message- we are all going through challenges, loss, grief, or just plain old bad days. Acts of kindness and support from each other have the power to make each day brighter, easier, and so much better. We tabled next to the Wall of Kindness, giving out informational flyers and Grief Sucks lollipops alongside KIND snacks and flowers. I took down the names and emails of students who were interested in joining AMF or participating in our future service events.
Florida Atlantic University: Wellness Splash
Keith, Chapter Leader of AMF at Florida Atlantic University
Actively Moving Forward® at FAU had the opportunity to host Wellness Splash, a two-week event that aimed to raise awareness and end the negative stigma on mental health. Created as a civic engagement project for their Rhetorical Analysis of Democracy class, the students were able to fulfill their mission through five days of events involving such themes as Purpose, Depression, Relationships, Anxiety, and Suicide. The final day concluded in a march across campus to the pool where the students and others recruited along the march all jumped in to create a splash for mental health.