With the upcoming premiere of Killing Jesus, a three-hour film that looks back at one of the most well-known figures in history and provides political, social, and historical context to the story of his life and death, we wanted to do something to recognize this special event.
Historically, we know one of Jesus’ teachings was encouraging people to be kind to each other. The National Geographic Channel will celebrate this message from Feb. 18 through April 5 with a campaign we are calling Killing With Kindness.
Each day during this 40-day period, NGC’s website and social media platforms will put a daily spotlight on an organization that is helping to spread kindness in the world. These organizations will represent a wide swath of charities across the U.S., doing work on behalf of veterans, the homeless, victims of violence, the sick, and any number of other worthy causes. Some are well-known international organizations, others may be smaller and more local, but equally inspiring. Though their mission statements may differ, they all share the common goal of making the world a better, kinder place.
For the next 40 days, we hope you’ll join us on Twitter to learn more about that day’s featured organization. If you miss a day, we’ll post a weekly recap right here on the blog, as well as on our Facebook page. You can follow the conversation using #killingwithkindness.
We want to hear your suggestions too! If you work with or admire a local organization dedicated to giving back, leave us a message in the comments, post a message on Facebook or Twitter, or send us an email at email@example.com.
THIS WEEK’S FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS:
Heifer International believes that all people deserve dignity, opportunity, and a future free from hunger. For more than 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. Our animals provide families with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — engage participants in each of the 50 states and in over 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of nearly 1 Million people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Since 2006, TWLOHA has responded to more than 180,000 messages from people looking for help, distributed more than 35,000 mental health resource guides across the USA, Canada, and Australia, and invested $1.5 million into avenues for treatment and recovery. Reaching more than 2.2 million people online, TWLOHA encourages its global community to believe that hope is real and works to inform them of where they can find the help they deserve.
Salim Hylton was only twenty-seven years old, full of life, talents, and a passion for the arts when he was randomly murdered in his native city, Washington DC in 2009. He was humorous, free-spirited, witty and creative in many artistic endeavors. After his death, the Hylton family decided to establish a scholarship fund in 2010 to try to memorialize his legacy by helping the District’s youth through the arts. Through a partnership with Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, Salim’s alma mater, an award is given to a graduating senior every year that has overcome adversity in their personal life and plans to continue their education in the arts. Salim wanted to make a positive difference in the local and world community through his art work, and he had started that mission and touched many lives during his short journey. The establishment of the Salim Hylton Memorial Scholarship Fund is intended to honor Salim’s life through his art and giving. This will be his legacy!
United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. We envision a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. United Way advocates for sound policies affecting Education, Income, Health and the nonprofit sector. Within each of these four areas, based on United Way’s 10-year goals, United Way has established its engagement strategies for each issue.
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, Compassion helps more than 1.5 million children in 26 countries.
Wholesome Wave strives to create a vibrant, just and sustainable food system. By making fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables affordable and available, we enable underserved consumers to make healthier food choices. Our innovative initiatives are improving health outcomes among low-income families, generating additional revenue for small and mid-sized farm businesses and bolstering local and regional economies.
Don’t miss the world premiere of Killing Jesus March 29th on the National Geographic Channel, produced by Scott Free Productions and based on the New York Times best-selling book.