Frankfort, IN – City leaders have announced an initiative to promote kindness throughout the city of Frankfort. This campaign will run from Monday, June 15, through Friday, June 19, and will include events and participation by all city departments.

“Our city has been through a lot in the past few months, but we are still a strong and caring community. We feel it is important to shine a light on good news and remind everyone that we are in this together. I have heard many wonderful stories about businesses, residents, and groups who have gone above and beyond to help others during this challenging time. We want to continue that trend and show the tremendous good in our community”, said Mayor Judy Sheets.

The city will promote this initiative on social media through the week and share positive stories from the community. The online campaign will encourage residents to post positive and uplifting stories and acts of kindness.

“We want the community to join us in our Be Kind campaign and would love to share what residents and businesses are doing to promote kindness in the city of Frankfort”, said Community Development Director Annie Bacon.

“We know that the public health crisis, social restrictions, and economic downturn have taken a toll on everyone. As a city, we are going to spend next week focusing on doing positive things in our community and pulling together to show our support for the residents of this city,” Bacon said.

City employees will continue to practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines throughout all the week’s activities. Some of the events planned for the week include:
• Frankfort Fire Department will have fire engines out in the neighborhoods next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening. Firefighters will be engaging residents and distributing stickers to children.

• Frankfort Police Department will have officers out in the neighborhoods and will host a community engagement opportunity at the police station on Wednesday evening.

• The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program is being promoted by the Building Services Department. Information will be provided for anyone who needs assistance or would like to sign up to be a volunteer for the program.

• The Parks Department will be promoting “Kindness Rocks” throughout the week and will have stations set up in various city parks so that children can paint a rock or exchange rocks with others.

• Frankfort Street Department will have a truck on display at TPA Park next Tuesday. Street Department employees will be out in neighborhoods on Thursday morning and Friday morning, distributing water bottles and freezer pops.

• Mayor Judy Sheets will host Frankfort Kindness Day at Old Stoney on Friday, June 19, from 2-4 PM.

Mayor Sheets wants residents to know, “This is really about making sure people are still connected and feel like they’re part of the community, and know that this community cares about them”.

Residents can participate in the City of Frankfort Be Kind Campaign by:
• Using Facebook
o Share your story using the hashtag #BeKindFrankfort and tag @city.of.frankfort. Encourage friends to post stories as well.

• Using Twitter
o Share your story using the hashtag #BeKindFrankfort and tag @CityIndiana.

• Using Instagram
o Share your story using the hashtag #BeKindFrankfort and tag @city.of.frankfort

• Email
o Share your story and photos by emailing info@frankfort-in.gov

Local churches and businesses are encouraged to join in this campaign and can contact Annie Bacon to have their plans shared on the city website and social media.