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The 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge

The 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge is a social movement that encourages people to end hate by spreading kindness – one generous act at a time!

The 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge is an initiative of the Anti-Hate & Anti-Bias Program at LUSO Community Services. The Challenge was started in response to a series of hate-motivated incidents that targeted community members in London, Ontario during the fall of 2009. More specifically, people living in London and surrounding communities were issued a challenge: to work together to end hate by completing at least 1,000 acts of kindness in one month, from October 1 to October 31. In just 31 days, thousands of people completed 52,115 acts of kindness and changed thousands of lives in the process! Since that time, the 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge has grown to include people living in communities throughout Canada and the United States…after all, kindness knows no boundaries!

The 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge reminds us that we all have the power to create positive change by choosing kindness at every opportunity – anytime, anywhere.

So what are YOU waiting for? Join the Kindness Revolution! Choose Kindness!

The Anti-Hate & Anti-Bias Program

The Anti-Hate and Anti-Bias Program was created in response to community concerns about issues of hate, bias, and discrimination.

The program’s goals include:

  • Raising community awareness about hate and bias-motivated activity and its consequences
  • Supporting people who have experienced or witnessed hate-motivated incidents and discrimination
  • Promoting the development of kind, caring communities that are both resistant to hate and welcoming, inclusive, and safe for all

The Anti-Hate and Anti-Bias Program offers one-to-one support for people who have been targeted by hate and bias activity; provides workshops, training sessions, and presentations for community groups, service providers, and businesses; and circulates a monthly e-Bulletin that includes information about important cultural and national days, faith days, and local diversity-related events.

The Anti-Hate and Anti-Bias Program also helps manage the Hate Helpline – a confidential, voluntarily-anonymous service that provides support in the form of information and referrals for people who have experienced hate, bias, or discrimination due to such factors as age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, religion/creed, and sexual orientation.

The work of the Anti-Hate and Anti-Bias Program is made possible through support provided by the City of London.

LUSO Community Services

LUSO Community Services is a non-profit multicultural community centre dedicated to promoting inclusiveness, well-being, and the prosperity of the London community.

LUSO Community Services provides community social services and embraces a holistic approach to community development. LUSO’s programs and services are guided by the following beliefs:

  • That there is strength in numbers, and beauty in diversity.
  • That the uniqueness of traditions and cultures should be embraced.
  • That the joining of participants with common goals is a strength that will better the conditions of the community.

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