A COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY
Compassionate Lacey is a campaign that began with the purest sentiment of compassion through a partnership with our local school district — a proud follower of the principles of the International Charter for Compassion — North Thurston Public Schools. We decided to come 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 really 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 that 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. We wanted to be able to create connections, to share information, and to explore ideas … all surrounding this concept of 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 here in our community.