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City launches Carmel Cares initiative
Social media campaign provides community connection
CARMEL, IN – The City of Carmel has launched Carmel Cares, a citywide initiative to help residents remain connected despite the limitations posed by the COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines. Carmel Cares aims to provide the community with important resources, as well as creative ways for residents to safely engage and support each other.
In collaboration with local community partners including Carmel Clay Schools, the Carmel Fire Department, the Carmel Police Department, Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, the Center for the Performing Arts and its resident companies, Good Day Carmel and the Great American Songbook Foundation, the City developed five themed weeks in an effort to spark kindness, positivity and unity among residents of all ages.
Each week will feature interactive and engaging activities such as Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation fitness workouts, Facebook Live bedtime stories read by local celebrities, friendly games and competitions, scavenger hunts, activities that support mental health and more.
The City of Carmel will kick off Carmel Cares with a virtual fireworks display from the 2019 CarmelFest on the Carmel Cares Facebook page on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Then, in the week to follow, residents are invited to “Color the City with Kindness.” Activities suggested during this week include writing positive messages on your driveways and sidewalks with chalk, decorating homes with brightly colored lights and banners, painting kindness rocks, and participating in a citywide color spirit week. The community is encouraged to showcase their photos and videos on the Carmel Cares Facebook Page, Instagram and on Twitter using the hashtag, #CarmelCares.
“It’s important to stay connected to each other as we practice physical distancing,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “Carmel Cares is an initiative organized by the City of Carmel and our community partners to engage our citizens in virtual activities and share the good we are doing for others. If we participate in the same activities communitywide, we will not feel as isolated during our quarantine. It is important for our mental health that we stay active and engaged with each other and that we continue to help one another through this historic event. That may mean giving blood, donating to our food pantries or simply taking care of our loved ones and neighbors. Together we are stronger even when we are apart, and we will emerge on the other side a stronger community.”