A COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY
The "Compassionate Lacey" campaign began through a partnership with our local school district, North Thurston Public Schools, a proud follower of the principles of the International Charter for Compassion. We came together as a greater community to explore how to expand compassion in our community and engage citizens of all ages.
Before signing on to the Charter for Compassion, we wanted to understand the idea of what it means to be a compassionate community — and to involve our citizens, neighbors, and friends in the discussion. We realized we needed this involvement to help determine what the focus areas of our campaign should be and use this to help inform our campaign goals and objectives.
With the idea of expanding compassion and involving our community in this discussion, we first needed to ask one simple question, “Is Lacey a compassionate community?” The resonating answer was “YES.” However, just because compassion exists in our community, doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more. The next question then became “How can we spread more compassion?”
We wanted to bring members of our community together to create connections, share information, and explore ideas … all surrounding "compassion." In order to have a meaningful conversation, we needed to explore what it means to be compassionate and to take a look at what we’re already doing in our community.
Lacey City Council Adopts Compassionate Community Resolution
On May 28, 2015, Lacey City Council adopted a resolution supporting a local campaign for compassion.Resolution #1023 Supporting a Local Campaign for Compassion