A community partnership can often have a complicated mission or hard to get across message. Maybe it is an innovative way to fight poverty. Or it’s two unlikely groups banding together to increase literacy or taking on a little-known disease.
Sometimes, it is as simple as being nice.
The Be Nice Campaign from Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, a 2014 WOOD TV Connecting with Community Award finalist, proves that even the simple messages can have widespread, profound effects on the community.
Watch the Be Nice 24 Hour News 8 piece below:
A collaboration between the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, two local Old Navy stores, Rivertown Crossings Mall and DJ Wingman from 105.3 HOT FM, Be Nice held assemblies all over area schools to promote the best way to end bullying – kindness and affirmation.
Recognizing the horrible effects bullying can have, studying and realization that negative reinforcement (saying “stop” or “don’t”) does not deter bullies, and involving multiple organizations that used each others’ resources for good, the Be Nice campaign is the kind of program Connecting with Community is all about.
For more information on the campaign, visit the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan’s website.
You do not have to nominate a collaboration with a complicated message for the 2015 Connecting with Community awards. It can be as simple as being kind to one another.