Archive for United Way Day of Caring

What’s good? Volunteers in record numbers show compassion

Submitted by What’s Good ‘206’?

Some painted walls, others cleaned a preschool inside and out. Others pulled yard cleanup duty. All told, there were more than 12,000 of them — people who came out on Sept. 21, United Way of King County’s biggest ever Day of Caring and the launch of the Compassion Games.

Take a look by the numbers:
  • Total volunteers: 12,122
  • Total companies represented: 138
  • Total projects completed: 448
  • Total hours of labor: 59,737
  • Total value of work: $1.3 million

It was also the first time Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest, sponsored by Compassionate Seattle, collaborated with United Way of King County to inspire people to help, heal and inspire the community. Sept. 21 was the kickoff date for the Compassion Games, which continue through Oct. 21, and include many ways to give back and celebrate the community we live in.

Listen as your community talks about how we could all become more compassionate, and what would encourage us to volunteer more.

This video was produced by Austin Williams and Alyssa Piraino of What’s Good ‘206’?, an organization that features young people producing stories about how their peers are doing good and compassionate service in the world and helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow.

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” — Your Compassion Games Begin!

The Games Begin!
A kind and understanding word, a generous act, the surprise of an unexpected gift, or the warmth of a smile…you’ve shared these acts of compassion as either the giver or receiver, probably many times. And while you may be facing one or many hardships, you have a dream within you that keeps you sharing acts of kindness despite signs that would have caused others to stop long ago.

And that’s why the Compassion Games were created! The Compassion Games were created for you and everyone else to win by realizing your dream for great kindness, empathy, and compassion for yourself, others, and your world. If you let it, playing the Compassion Games can make you stronger and alter what you think can be.

So, how will you live your dream for a better world? Will you Do Good and surprise someone you know with a random act of compassion? Will you Volunteer for a United Way service project? Will you Tell A Story of compassion? Or will you Get SuperBetter and complete your quests for the Epic Win and help make a Golden Reality where no one goes hungry and no one gives up?

In the end, you know deep in your heart that no one wins if someone loses. And you know deep in your heart that everything’s gonna be alright because you’re gonna make it alright.

So this is your moment to really shine! Play the Compassion Games and Go For the Gold! Together we can make this world a better, safer, kinder, and more just place to be. Let the Compassion Games begin!

Representatives of the Compassion Games Address the Seattle City Council and Council Members Help Spread the Word

On September 10, 2012, representatives of the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest briefed the Seattle city council on the goals and plans for the Compassion Games. The Council members committed to engage and help spread the word to their constituents. For example, council member Nick Licata posted about the Compassion Games and the briefing on his official blog.

Jon Ramer with Compassionate Seattle network is the Head Gamemaker (for all you Hunger Games fans) of the Compassion Games. He was joined at the council meeting by Louis Mendoza of the volunteer center of United Way of King County and Andrea Brenneke, a civil rights and employment lawyer and board member of Compassionate Seattle and the Compassionate Action Network International. Together, these three representatives displayed their passion and enthusiasm for creating greater compassion in the city of Seattle and, importantly, helping Seattleites discover where compassion already flourishes. You can see the briefing here; the Compassion Games portion begins just after minute 43:00.


The Games, of course, begin on September 21, 2012, the International Day of Peace, the United Way Day of Caring, and the Autumnal Equinox—as Ramer noted in his remarks—to October 21, 2012, the conclusion of Seattle’s “The Next 50” event and the end of their month focused on civic engagement. During the briefing, council member Licata stated, “I think that it’s very appropriate that this is starting here in Seattle given that I think we’re the #1 game-maker in the US if not the world.” Similarly, Brenneke signaled her and Seattle’s readiness to take up the city of Louisville’s challenge to best them in compassion through the inaugural Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest. As Ramer declares at the end of the briefing, “Let’s all get SuperBetter!”

How to Get More Attention for Your Project and Organization

In the face of recent gun violence in Seattle and the nation, it is easy to become fearful and to lose sight of what unites a community. Many individuals such as yourself and many organizations that you may be a part of have been working in the community for decades to create real opportunities for those traditionally disenfranchised. We each do our part to bring to light issues of poverty, suffering, injustice, and violence. Whether newly awakened or long engaged, The Compassion Games seeks to amplify your interest to share the vision of justice and to collaborate to create a connected and caring community.

So how you do you get involved? There are four easy actions described below that you can choose from, but first, take a moment to consider what you or your organization is doing already that would benefit from amplification and expanded community engagement. Is there a tangible action/project/dream that could be done with your organization and the support of community volunteers? Are there “hidden treasures” in your community/neighborhood that represent compassionate action or provide an opportunity for compassionate action? Do you want to be part of Seattle’s Heart Map, linked with others engaged in creating the world we want to live in?

If so, here’s what to do next:

• Join the Organizing Committee for the 2012 Compassion Games by signing up here.
• Bring attention to what you’re already doing and post your community engagement activity/project here.
• Tell us about a “hidden treasure” in your neighborhood, acts of compassion, or opportunities for engagement that can be part of the Compassion Games  Scavenger Hunt. Sign up for the newsletter and send us your idea here.
• Become a sponsor of the Compassion Games and use our marketing communications to benefit your organization by contacting us here.

Go For the Gold” and join a growing list of sponsors and partners! The Compassion Games help us challenge and inspire each other to make our community the community we wish to live in – a more connected, vital, kind, inclusive, just, safe, and altogether better place to live. Together we can be the change we seek in the world, and your participation will make these games a success.