The Juneau Police Department is spearheading a campaign to make 2017 "A Year of Kindness" in Juneau.
Lieutenant Kris Sell said on Action Line Wednesday that the department is asking citizens to do at least one kind act a day. In addition, the lieutenant says they want people to dedicate one day of the week to do a kind act for someone outside their normal circle of associates. She says it could be someone of a different race, color, religion, or socio-economic status
Sell says there are two parts to the effort. In one case they want to increase of level of kindness and in the other, they want to build bridges between groups in order to enhance communication.
The lieutenant says they're looking to partner with groups to help publicize acts of kindness. She says they plan to use the department's Facebook page to highlight acts of kindness. "Imagine my surprise when the first group to tell me they would like to have their kind acts focused on for a week next year was the Lemon Creek Correctional Center."
Other kindness partners include the Juneau School District and Tlingit and Haida Central Council.
There will be a series of meetings for people interested in being Kindness Champions, donating a few hours a week to supporting kindness activities. They will all be held at the police department. The first one is Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to Noon. The others are Saturday, October 24 from 10 a. m. to Noon and Friday, November 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
If you have questions or what your group to be highlighted during a certain week of 2017, please call Lt. Kris Sell at 500-0646 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org