On Saturday, May 1, Ridgefield will join the International Charter of Compassion and earn the distinction of being designated as a City of Compassion.
Three years ago, a group of civic-minded residents founded the non-profit, Compassionate Ridgefield, to foster greater compassion, respect, and civility within the town of Ridgefield. While Ridgefield has always been a place known to be caring and supportive of others, there is always room to grow. Whether on the ball fields, on social media, or in the quaint shops that line Main Street, Compassionate Ridgefield aims to foster a culture where everyone, no matter their age, race, ethnicity, religion, political or sexual orientation, feels welcome, included and respected.
To draw attention to this effort and Ridgefield’s signing of the Charter of Compassion, Compassion Ridgefield in collaboration with the Ridgefield Arts Council, has created 10 banners, each with a single word, that illustrate essential qualities of compassion. These colorful banners will adorn the light posts along Main Street and in Copps Hill for the month of March, hopefully drawing attention to the vital importance of compassion in our stressful world today.
“Born out of concerns about the high rates of stress, depression, and bullying among our youth, the incivility, and hostility on all social media platforms, as well as the increase in hate vandalism in our area, we launched Compassionate Ridgefield to ‘shift’ the culture,” says board chair Carol Mahlstedt, and “these banners will help highlight all the work that we have done thus far and will continue to do as Ridgefield strives to live and respond to others more compassionately.”
To learn more, visit the Compassionate Ridgefield website here.