The Kindness Collaborative is a unique charitable organization that empowers and inspires members of local communities to act to support one another. What started as an experiment of human kindness has grown to become a movement...A true collaborative comprised of thousands of regular people, local and national companies, and other local organizations to create a support structure that attends to the needs of the community, supports our fist responders and medical community, and generally spreads kindness wherever it may be needed.
The collaborative began as a local COVID support group in March of 2020, founded by Alex Bromberg with the intent of giving people a place to support one another as the pandemic made life harder for people throughout the community as well as making some basic necessities scarce. The group quickly grew to include thousands of individuals across the Merrimack Valley (and beyond) forcing the mission to also expand past the focus on the pandemic. Darcie Nuttall, who had been creating a space for donated goods to be exchanged (including masks and homemade hand-sanitizer made by her) on her porch, joined the leadership which went on to include Carmen Frias-Interrante and later, Melissa Marrama. These four individuals found that by working together and organizing the community to make a major impact, the sky was the limit. By late Summer 2020, the Kindness Collaborative in it's modern form was formed.
Our mission is based on the concept that everyone can do something to help. When we all work together and combine our skills, compassion, unneeded items, ideas, etc. and focus on helping one another rather than on things that cause division among us, we truly can change our community...we truly can change the world.
The Kindness Collaborative spreads kindness whenever possible, however possible.
CARE: Community, Action, Response, and Engagement. Through this initiative, led by Darcie Nuttall and Carmen Frias-Interrante, our grassroots efforts are conceived and implemented. This initiative is fueled by the kind acts of people like you every day. Be a part of the movement! Get involved today by clicking "Join Us" to the left.
The Kindness Collaborative is committed to helping local businesses with strong values and interest in the Merrimack Valley in giving back to their communities grow and develop through our partnership called "Business Together". Interested businesses can contact us for more info.
Food is a powerful thing. Not only is it an essential to life, but it is also an amazing tool in spreading kindness. Food is family, culture, love and support...food is life, and it is in very high-demand. Join us as we try to fight food insecurity in our region and spread love and kindness through the power of food.
Alex founded the original group that became the Kindness Collaborative back in March of 2020. Long before that, he'd been involved in activism dating back to 2000 forming "The Liberty Project" in 2009 which focused on shedding divisive labels and teaching people to work together toward key/shared concepts of individual liberty and social equality. After witnessing the amazing organic action of all the regular people throughout the community who had stepped up to help one another in the original group, Alex teamed up first with Darcie Nuttall, and then the other founders, to establish the Kindness Collaborative. Their goal of creating a way to channel all the kindness and compassion of the community and organize it into a major force of good has been realized in the movement it has created.
An individual and family therapist for 22 years, Darcie answered the call to support her community when the pandemic was announced in March 2020. Making masks and hand-sanitizer at home, Darcie turned her porch into a beacon of hope and community support by providing these items for free to anyone who needed them and establishing the framework for the system that turned into the Kindness Collaborative signature style of helping others. Darcie connected with Alex and worked together to coordinate seamstresses across the region to manufacture PPE for hospitals, nursing homes, first-responders and others in need throughout the community and generally organizing acts of kindness throughout the local communities. Today Darcie continues her mission to support the community through her involvement and leadership in the Kindness Collaborative.
Carmen has been involved in coordinating charitable and community support efforts since the early 90's when she and her childhood friends founded the charitable organization "Proyecto Divinidad" in the Dominican Republic to help support low-income communities with material, medical and educational support. After moving to the Merrimack Valley in 2003, Carmen continued her charitable work, volunteering for organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Children International etc. Carmen is an Electrical Engineer by trade but sees her charitable work as her true mission.
"Helping others and sharing a piece of ourselves gives us purpose, helping each one of us become someone’s blessing"