Local Heroes Kit

Who are the local heroes in your community? The firefighters and schoolteachers, the people who quietly pick up trash and pull weeds, the movers and shakers, or the peacemakers? Whoever they are, there's power in recognizing them. Download our free Local Heroes kit with printable cards. Hang it up at an event or public space, and watch your community smile as you honor these special folks.


Everyone needs a little inspiration. There's no better way to learn about your great neighbors than to ask people to nominate their local heroes. That's why we created a FREE kit to help you shine a spotlight on people just being good to each other.

The Local Heroes kit sets you up with a simple way to discover and celebrate the good in your community. You set up a table on the street, at an event, or in your store, then ask passers-by to nominate their local hero. Make sure they explain why, and then hang up their nomination cards on the wall or on a clothesline.  

Simply download, print, and share the love. This FREE kit will help your neighbors smile, come together, and remember that we're all in this together.


LOCAL HERO KIT INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Download our Local Heroes card template.

    Print enough copies for your event, or to set up a good clothesline (20-50 is usually a good start). Colored paper makes them stand out!

  2. Find a spot.

    Find a place and time that will work well. You can just set it up and leave it there (we recommend hiding in the bushes to watch the fun!) or you can set it up at an event, which is a good way to get a lot of traffic. We love putting these up at community festivals, town meetings, or in the hallway of a library, town office or school. They are also great on downtown bulletin boards or empty storefront windows!

  3. Set up your Local Heroes line or wall.

    Clotheslines work well for trees or on a wall, but you can also use a bulletin board or just tape on a wall. Hang up some blank cards and leave out pens and markers. Fill out a couple to “seed” it and show people what to do!

  4. Snap a pic and share! #ourlocalheroes

    People will love seeing photos of the clothesline as it goes up, and of people taking comments.

  5. Keep on celebrating….

    If you set up at an event, you’ll likely need to take down your line at the end. But don’t throw it away! Many community organizations will find it inspiring and might want to take it over - ask your library, school, or fire department to start. If you can’t find a new home for it, you can still spread a lot of smiles by handout out the cards you collected to the people they honor. Stuff them in mailboxes, deliver them with a smile and thanks, or tape them onto front doors under cover of night!

Emergency Election Affirmations Kit

Calling creative community first responders!

We're in a state of emergency... national politics is a giant mushroom cloud of wacko negativity. And that trickles down. The name calling, disrespect and partisanship aren't just bad for our country — they're bad for our cities and towns, our neighborhoods and our own personal karma.

That's why we've put together an emergency election affirmation kit. If you’re feeling icky, simply download, print, and blanket your community in positive, happy thoughts today.


Ugly rhetoric and disrespect are seriously harshing our national mellow. That's why we created a FREE kit to help you paint your community in positivity.

The name calling and partisanship aren't just bad for our country - they're equally damaging to our communities and neighborhoods. How can we rebuild streets, tackle climate change, and educate our kids if we can't stop chasing emails and grabbing each other by various body parts?

It's time to stage an intervention.

Simply download, print, and share the love. These FREE stencils and tear-off posters will help your neighbors smile, come together, and remember that we're all in this together.


ELECTION STENCIL KIT INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Download our Election Affirmation Stencil designs and make your stencils.

    Print the design out onto a material that will work for stencils. Plastic or mylar sheets are best; cardstock or cardboard can work. If you want the stencils to be larger than your printer paper, project them onto pasteboard or a larger sheet, and trace around the design. Cut out the letters, and if you use cardboard or cardstock, tape or laminate so it will hold up to paint.

  2. Pick a spot, get your paint, and spray positivity.

    Find a good location and materials for stenciling. Keep it legal, folks — use temporary chalk spray paint or tempera paint and steer clear of private property (or get permission). Public locations are great — Main Streets, town halls and political venues. Smooth sidewalks or pavement work best. Polling places are great, as long as you abide by local election rules. Use tape or a buddy to hold down the stencil while you spray.

  3. Snap a pic and share! #imwithUS

    Share on social and spread your message even wider. We’ll post some of our favorites here.


TEAR-OFF KIT INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Download and print our tear-off fliers.

    Easy peasy: download the file, load up your printer, and run off copies to post around your neighborhood.

  2. Post & enjoy.

    Bring along some tape or thumbtacks and hang up your tear-off sheets on bulletin boards or other public places. Keep an eye on them - we have a feeling the tabs will be gone in no time!

  3. Snap a pic and share! #imwithUS

    Share on social and pass the word along.

Community Flash Mob Kit

You haven't lived until you've danced in the streets! At CW, we believe in the power of the arts to bring people together. We also believe that nothing beats a spontaneous dance party. So why not combine the two? Use our free Spotify playlist and organize your own... 


Flashmobs are spontaneous mass performances — dancing, music, theater, or any other creative spectacle. Why? Why not?Flashmobs are fun, surprising, interesting, thought-provoking, community-building wonders. They can be simple and just for fun, or can be carefully planned to educate, inform, or engage people in serious topics.

For the past few years we've organized community dance flash mobs for events, including this one at the Foodaroo food and music festival in Middlebury Vermont.

Ready to go? Use our Spotify playlist to get grooving!

Need some inspiration? Check out Flashmobs on YouTube for some great examples.


FLASH MOB INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Find your opportunity

    Picking a great time and place is half the battle. You want it to be public, at a time when a lot of people will be around — but don’t obstruct traffic or block sidewalks, and we don’t recommend interrupting important speeches or events. The less people expect something crazy, the funnier it will be.

  2. Tap your team.

    Decide whether you want this to be a hush-hush event, which will mean a smaller, invite-only flashmob, or whether you want to go big and spread the word. Either way, put out a call for dancers early on. You might need to do a little arm-twisting.

  3. Plan, share and practice.

    Choose a song and plan some choreographed dance moves — it helps to have a choreographer friend for this step! It’s up to you how choreographed and complicated you want to make it. Think about how skilled your dancers are and how much time you have to practice. Then share around the song and the steps, and get your team to practice on their own and/or in person. Make a clear plan for where you’re going to meet up, how you’re going to start, and what everyone should wear, bring or do. Pro tip: make a simple video to teach the moves if you can’t all get together.

  4. Bring it! #communityflashmob

    One the music starts, there’s no going back! Test out your sound equipment and set up ahead of time, and get the volume right. If you’re attempting something top secret, be sure you arrive in cognito and at different times. Don’t forget to plant someone in the crowd to capture it all on video and film! Post it up on social at the end and share it with the world.