The KIND Foundation — a 501c3 started by KIND Healthy Snacks — recently announced the winners of its philanthropic program, KIND People, and launched a storytelling series to reveal the transformative power of kindness. Through the program, the Foundation is awarding $1.1MM to seven people who are championing inclusivity and serving as beacons of empathy in communities nationwide.
Local winner, Monica Lewis-Patrick, nationally renowned for her strong sense of justice and belief in her own ability to enact change has united a community in the fight for water rights. It all started after she learned that the City of Detroit had cut off the water of an apartment building occupied by mothers and senior citizens. She co-founded We the People of Detroit, a grassroots organization that gives low-income families access to clean water; provides education on water issues; conducts research to raise awareness; and mobilizes people to take action.
Lewis Patrick is one of seven winners nationwide and will receive a $100,000 award to enhance her humanitarian operations. Unlike other programs, each KIND People awardee is given full discretion on how to deploy the funds, meaning Lewis-Patrick can use some or all for personal needs or interests.
“These remarkable human beings capture the spirit we need to elevate and the values that make America great, including kindness, respect and the conviction that we can make a positive difference in each other’s lives,” says Daniel Lubetzky, Founder & CEO of KIND and president of The KIND Foundation. “Most notably, these KIND People show us how to take steps toward understanding those who seem different, but deep down share our humanity.”
Since the program’s kickoff in January 2016, nearly 5,000 stories of unsung heroes were submitted. Dana Rosenberg, Director of The KIND Foundation, says, “The response to the program reaffirmed our belief that good work is being done every day, and the extraordinary people leading this work deserve recognition and support. By showcasing their stories, we hope to encourage people everywhere to discover the kindness inside of themselves and take action in their own lives.”
Six KIND People winners will receive a $100,000 prize, and one grand prize winner, Doniece Sandoval, will receive a $500,000 prize. Sandoval’s organization, Lava Mae, stemmed from an idea that many thought was impossible — turning retired transportation buses into showers and toilets on wheels.
Over the coming weeks, KIND and The KIND Foundation — in partnership with SoulPancake, TakePart, and GOOD — will spotlight the winners through inspiring videos and profiles that will unpack their kindness. To learn more, visit kinded.com/kindpeople.