This September It’s “BeKind 21” in the City of Lafayette

 
The City of Lafayette has proclaimed the days of September 1 to September 21, 2021, as “BeKind 21” in the City of Lafayette. 
 
Together with the City of Lafayette, Lafayette Partners in Education, Lafayette School District, Peter Pan Foundation and Lafayette Social, the Lafayette Chamber is once again partnering with Born This Way Foundation to practice 21 days of being kind to each other, culminating on the United Nations International Day of Peace. Born This Way Foundation launched #BeKind21 in 2018 to invite participants to practice an act of kindness for themselves and others each day from September 1st to September 21st to build kinder, connected communities that foster mental wellness.
 
We invite you to participate in the challenge by being kind to your neighbors, friends, family members, fellow residents, yourself, your employees and business partners, and your community. It’s easy to participate:
 
    1. Take Born This Way Foundation’s #BeKind21 pledge to build a habit of kindness by doing something kind for yourself and others every day for 21 days this September.
    2. Read our 21 examples of sharing kindness below that the Lafayette Chamber has developed for the challenge.
    3. Make a contribution to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano during the Lafayette Chamber’s food drive. Donation bins will be throughout Lafayette the week of September 7 through Wednesday, September 22. Or donate now virtually. 

#bekind21

1 Host a collection bin for the Food Bank of Contra Costa or other nonprofit.
2 Get vaccinated, encourage your employees to get vaccinated.
3 Mask up when around others who could be vulnerable to COVID-19 or the flu.
4 Post an “All Welcome” sign at your business.
5 Take and share a photo at the City’s new mural.
6 Sign up for emergency alerts: CWS, Nixle.
7 Make and post a list of what you need to grab in an emergency evacuation.
8 Pay the parking meter for a client or customer.
9 Send a token of your appreciation to someone who referred you business.
10 Ride your bike to work instead of driving.
11 Be water-wise, look for opportunities to conserve water.
12 Setup a compost or reuse program for excess food.
13 Promote the #bekind21 food collection drive to your customers and clients, only 8 days left!
14 Tag your neighboring businesses/partners in a social media post.
15 Invite a fellow business owner to a Chamber event, whether online or in person.
16 Write a testimonial or Google/Yelp review for a fellow business.
17 Share a special announcement on social from a fellow business.
18 Make a donation to a nonprofit’s charity event.
19 Look into hosting a charity event at your location.
20 Share your listing or announcement in our Dining & Shopping Guide, Gift Guide or Nonprofit/Arts Community email blast.
21 Encourage your customers to follow the Chamber on social media because what we post promotes you!

 

Food Drive

Food Bank donation bins will be placed in the following locations the week of September 7 through September 22.

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, 251 Lafayette Circle, Ste 150, Lafayette
Bank of the West, 3583 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Bel & Bunna’s Books, 3581-C, Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Blodgett’s Abbey Carpet & Flooring, 3291 Mt. Diablo Court, Lafayette
City of Lafayette Offices, 3675 Mount Diablo Blvd., #210 Lafayette
Clocks, Etc., 971 Moraga Rd., Lafayette
Diablo Auto Works, 3364 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Lafayette Car Wash and Detail Center, 3319 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Lafayette Community Center, 500 Saint Mary’s Rd, Lafayette
Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
Peter Pan Foundation, 3355 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Reasonable Books, 3645 Mount Diablo Blvd., Suite C, Lafayette
Starbucks, 3547 A, Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Starbucks, 1544 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek

Burton Valley Elementary, 561 Merriewood Dr, Lafayette
Happy Valley Elementary, 3855 Happy Valley Rd, Lafayette
Lafayette Elementary School, 950 Moraga Road, Lafayette
Springhill Elementary, 3301 Springhill Rd, Lafayette
Stanley Middle School, 3455 School St,  Lafayette

Home of Maya Smith, 1729 Reliez Valley Rd. Lafayette

Learn more about the Food Banks’ most-needed items here.  Please do not donate any items in glass jars.

 

From Neil Zarchin, Food Drive Administrator, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano:

“One new factor in the current situation is fire relief. Although our name is, and the vast majority of our services are in, Contra Costa and Solano counties – our service area extends up the Sacramento Valley through Redding to the Oregon border. We are still sending 3-5 trucks a month to help people displaced by the Camp fire in Paradise two years ago. Now we are responding to both the Dixie and River fires. This year we have implemented ‘kitchen-free’ boxes which contain enough food for one person for a day. These boxes contain ready to eat meals, fruit cups, granola bars, and shelf-stable milk. They are available for both fire refugees and first responders. We prepare and keep thousands of them on hand so they are available at a moment’s notice when any disaster strikes. Here is a link to a video about this project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEuGvKqYNkk.”

 
 
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