The Kindness Connection began as a vision of two Wilmette, IL mothers who wanted to find meaningful age-appropriate volunteer projects to do with their children. Armed with the belief that young children have as much to give and learn from community service as older children, The Kindness Connection was born. Since 2006, The Kindness Connection has reached 45,000 youth volunteers through 75 schools and organizations, and delivered over 50,000 handmade projects to 40 nonprofits around the world.
The Kindness Connection (TKC) is an innovative nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Evidence shows that children who volunteer go on to be more giving of their time and resources as adults. With the lack of hands-on service opportunities for young children, TKC fills the gap by providing turnkey, tangible service experiences for children. By creating meaningful gifts for veterans, seniors, youth and animals, children develop a foundation for a life filled with kindness and giving. TKC’s space at Northbrook Court offers a place where families may volunteer during our open hours or reserve times for larger groups.
TKC also works with schools to host Kindness Days where students participate in a curriculum based volunteer day which includes a discussion, the completion of projects for a chosen charity and a wrap up. Schools may experience this through our facilitated program, reserving our Northbrook space during the school day or receiving our Classroom Kindness Kits, for teachers to facilitate volunteering in the classroom.
TKC also hosts public events, including its Annual Martin Luther King Service Day, drawing people from 25 communities from the Chicagoland area and has coordinated several corporate events for organizations large and small.