Empower communities to be a catalyst for change & equal opportunity through sustainable programs that promote nutrition, wellness, education, & inclusion, in collaboration with residents, volunteers, civic leaders & business coalitions.
The main purpose of bKind is to work with community leaders, business establishments, corporations, & volunteers, to design & implement programs while providing vital resources empowering communities to create change from within. From its inception, the driving force of our organization has been to give individuals in underrepresented communities the tools needed to overcome obstacles, combat trauma, & break the cycle of poverty & discrimination.
Consistent with our motto of “Never look down on someone, unless you are helping them up” is our vision of inclusion that transforms prejudice, discrimination, division, and deprivation into a culture of unity, diversity, tolerance, and achievement. We rely on the support of an expanding network of socially conscious, compassionate individuals, and partner corporations, anxious to share their skills and areas of expertise through programs, classes, and collaborative community projects.
From the communities we serve, THANK YOU, Deanna, Henry St. Settlement, Harvey Epstein, and all the dedicated volunteers who brought hope and kindness to thousands of people when New York City shut down in March 2020.
We were honored to be recognized by the New York State Assembly with this “CITATION” for “exemplary service…to community”.
The “Citation” signed by Assemblyman Harvey Epstein states that “Through this work you have established a strong and lasting legacy as an Advocate for constituents that has greatly inspired the next generation” and concludes “You are…worthy of the esteem of both the community and the State of New York for your dedicated and tireless service to our city, the state, and our nation;”
“I think trauma really does confront you with the best and the worst. You see the horrendous things that people do to each other, but you also see resiliency, the power of love, the power of caring, the power of commitment, the power of commitment to oneself, the knowledge that there are things that are larger than our individual survival. And in some ways, I don’t think you can appreciate the glory of life unless you also know the dark side of life”. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk