As we enter the next weeks and months, we believe that Riley’s Way’s core value, a collective commitment to kindness, is more crucial than ever. Our approach: empathy, intentional kindness, and meaningful connection, shall not change; yet how we put it into practice can, and must, adapt to unforeseen circumstances in which we find ourselves.

And adapt we will. Riley’s Way will keep channels open to inspire, connect, and be a resource to our community—and by extension, all those we touch. True compassion lives only through action. Let us all reach out and help: lead, make a difference, and be a hopeful, positive beacon to those around us.

This is what Riley’s Way is doing right now:
  1. Over the weekend, we launched a social media campaign to recognize and promote ideas and examples of intentional kindness. We always love to hear from you: call, email, or tag us on social media with #Call2Connect.
  2. We are accelerating our online Kind Leadership Series, the Riley’s Way virtual networking, skill building, and speaker series. We will continue to inspire, learn and grow as a community.
  3. We are opening up our Slack channel to our entire teen community so they can continue to connect and help each other do good in the world.
  4. We are extending the deadline for our Call for Kindness submissions to April 8th, so teens can use this time to come up with new ideas on how to make connections and to benefit their communities.
We call on each of you, the Riley’s Way community, to lead with kindness in your own lives. Making a difference need not be done in person; there are many ways we can keep ourselves and others safe while doing so. We have assembled some suggestions below on ways to foster empathy and kindness.

As ever, we are here to help connect, lead, and grow together.

With all of you in mind,
Riley’s Way Foundation
Christine, Laura, Lauren, Raq and Ian

Christine O’Connell, Executive Director
Laura Kikuchi, Program Director
Lauren Shenkman, Program Director
Raq Massey, Operations and Communications Associate
Ian Sandler, Founder and proud father of Riley Hannah Sandler
Creating Connections

Call Your Friends and Loved Ones

A text message is great, but a conversation means so much more. A call or video message to say hello and check in can go a long way. #Call2Connect

Reach Out to Your Neighbors

Offer to shop for those who cannot leave their homes because they are sick or at high risk. Let your neighbors know that you are going shopping and ask if they need anything. This simple act makes their week easier.

Connect to Strangers

Write letters or draw pictures for those who may be isolated. Share a note with residents of a nursing home. Send a card to a child in the hospital. There are many ways to connect with strangers who might not be able to have visitors. Check out for ways you can be more involved.

Apply and Spread the Word about the Call for Kindness!

If you’re a teen (or know a teen) and want to make a difference, why not apply to our Call for Kindness? We’ve extended the deadline to April 8th to encourage you to use this time to think about how you can create positive change and make connections in your community. Projects can be virtual or in person. Check out for more info and to see existing projects.

And So Much More!

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