Ben’s Bells 20th Anniversary
Jeannette Maré took a tragic situation and chose to share her journey of healing and hope. She realized the universal need for kindness and connection, and has helped so many people to learn about kindness and how it can spread in communities. Be Kind. Simple words that create a powerful ripple effect.
Over the past 20 years, Ben’s Bells has grown from that initial Bell distribution to offer kindness education programming, beautiful visual reminders of kindness through murals, community engagement and volunteer opportunities, and so much more! We could not have done this without you, the Tucson community, for opening your arms and embracing us.
We are excited to celebrate Ben’s Bells 20th Anniversary with YOU! Join us at an upcoming event where we will honor those who have helped inspire our kind communities.
Bell making began in Jeannette and Dean’s garage
March 29, 2003
First Bell distribution – 400 Bells hung in Tucson to honor Ben’s life and to share the message of spreading intentional kindness
Ben’s Bells received 501(c)(3) status identifying the organization as a public non-profit
Began Belling program celebrating kind individuals in the Southern Arizona community and honored first Bellee, Willie Blake Jr.
Celebrated 5th anniversary – 500 Ben’s Bells hung in New Orleans
First Celebration of Kindness Day event hosted to share the message of Ben’s Bells and thank the community
2007 – 2008
Kind Kids Program, now known as Kind Campus, piloted in four elementary schools, inspiring students to create a culture of kindness in their communities and beyond
1,400 Bells hung throughout the Tucson community and the event featured on NBC Nightly News “Making a Difference” segment
First Team KIND rode in El Tour de Tucson
2012 – 2013
Celebrated 10th anniversary where 30,000th were Bells hung
Kind Colleagues program began creating a kind and engaged workplace by strengthening the culture from within
100th mural completed at Roadrunner Elementary School
Celebrated 15th anniversary – 1,500 bells hung in Tucson, Phoenix, and Connecticut
2017 – 2018
Ben’s Bells welcomes Executive Director, Helen Gomez!
Celebrate 20th Anniversary at Celebration of Kindness