Connor’s Kindness Project (CKP) was started in 2021 in the middle of the Covid Pandemic by 12-year-old, Connor Wright, to remind us that there is good in the world even when we are faced with challenges. CKP’s mission is to help others while spreading positivity, one act of kindness at a time. CKP’s initial project was delivering Covid Care Packages to children who were isolating. It then worked with other non-profits on project-based missions. On August 4, 2021, CKP incorporated as a Massachusetts non-profit and subsequently became a 501(c)(3) charity. In September 2021, the organization began delivering “Kindness Kits” to children in hospitals and shelters. A Kindness Kit is a box of carefully selected items that are entertaining, educational, and comforting for children in challenging situations. In 2022, CKP delivered 2,000 kits throughout Massachusetts and in 2023 will exceed another 3.000. CKP currently has an executive director and two volunteers who oversee daily operations assisted by Teen Ambassadors, College Interns and a board of directors who provide strategic planning and fiduciary guidance.
Mission Statement: Connor’s Kindness Project was started to remind us that there is good in the world even at times when we are faced with conflicts and challenges. Our ongoing goal is to help others while also spreading positivity, one act of kindness at a time. Kindness is contagious and good for your heart. It is the act of generosity without expecting praise or reward. In its simplest form, kindness is being nice just because you care.
Our Founder: CKP’s 14-year-old founder remains the face of the organization, participating in several speaking engagements to educate groups about CKP, and successfully tapping into media resources to highlight CKP’s work, including Channel 5’s Five for Good segment, Channel 4 WBZ This Morning-Helping Hands, The Bobby Bones Show, a (national) WBZ Radio highlight, a WCAT-TV episode, and a public service announcement Connor recorded with radio ambassador Candy O’Terry and a kindness speech message contest
Our Team: Connor’s Kindness Project is supported by a talented Board of Directors who help to ensure our non-profit is growing and evolving to serve our community. Please visit our website for more details and full bios. https://www.connorskindnessproject.com/the-team-1
CKP branded its “Kindness Kit” with easily recognizable packaging/logos that, in concert with a robust marketing plan, has helped the organization become familiar and creditable quickly. CKP has delivered almost 5,000 Kindness Kits to date and has built strong working relationships with top Boston hospitals and shelters to get the kits into circulation. Partners now include: Brigham & Women’s, MGH, Dana Farber, Tufts, Shriners Boston & Springfield, Ronald McDonald House Boston & Springfield, Children’s Hospital Peabody. Beth Israel Lahey Beverly, UMass Memorial Worcester, Baystate Medical Center Springfield, Lazarus House, The Home for Little Wanderers, Malden Housing Families, Elliot Hospital Manchester, Wentworth Douglas Dover, Dartmouth Hitchcock Manchester and Lebanon, The Department of Children & Families and Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence RI. The list continues to grow as CKP expands geographically from metropolitan Boston to serving all of Massachusetts and into New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. CKP has received product donations from companies, such as Bombas socks. Playdoh and LEGOS, which items are included in the kits. The organization received requests for and delivered more than 2,000 kits in 2022 and are on task for 2,500-3,000 for 2023. Fundraising efforts are underway and to date have included small (but successful) events such as lemonade stands hosted by Connor, wreath and ornament holiday drives, outreach to communities, donations from businesses, and corporate grants. CKP holds two organized events each year: a cornhole tournament in the spring and a family fundraising walk in the fall.
CKP launched its Kids Kindness Club an Enrichment Program for schools during the 2022-2023 academic year. 4,000 students participated. The club is expected to double in 2024.