Kindness rocks: Local group uses random acts to make a difference

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The Kindness Rocks club hosted a rock painting event in downtown Greenfield last year.

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Editor’s note: The Daily Reporter features our “Neighbors” regularly, whether it be someone with an interesting hobby or profession, or a nonprofit group making a difference in our community. Here, Lisa Garcia shares about Greenfield’s Kindness Rocks club and its mission to improve the mental health of the community through random acts of kindness.

Daily Reporter: When and how did your Kindness Rocks club begin?

Lisa Garcia: It started in 2021. Another Extension Homemakers club had a rock painting party that was open to the public, from this event the Kindness Rocks club was established.

DR: What do you do at your meetings?

LG: We typically discuss club business and make plans for our community outreach. But we are open to doing other things as our club grows. Our club is looking for new members. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Purdue Extension Office in Greenfield.

DR: Tell us about what your club has done in the last year.

LG: We partnered with Changing Footprints and created a Community Rock Garden at their building; donated 140 pairs of socks; created 16 shower caddies for Hope House residents. Each shower caddie came with soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, razor, washcloth, Chapstick and a note of encouragement. We also gave a large box of flip flops as shower shoes both adult and children sizes.

We have created 6 different craft events at the Greenfield Senior Center.

DR: Name a favorite project, and why.

LG: We have been working with the Senior Center on a craft event each month. This is a fun activity and I enjoy working with the participants and seeing how projects turn out.

DR: Why did you join?

LG: I joined because it was a way to meet other people and work with the community.

DR: What would you like to see for the future of your club?

LG: Our mission is to “improve mental health in Hancock County through random acts of kindness.” We have done several things that fits our mission and we would like to continue to do so. I would like to see our club grow in members and be able to help more people.

To learn more, visit “Kindness Rocks Extension Homemakers” on Facebook. If you know a person or a group that you’d like to see featured as “Neighbors,” email [email protected].