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Mission and Position Statements

Mission

The mission of Ben’s Bells Project is to teach individuals and communities about the positive impacts of intentional kindness and to inspire people to practice kindness as a way of life.

Vision

Kindness becomes highly valued and ingrained in each of us, strengthening our communities, our relationships, and ourselves.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Statement

Part of the practice of kindness is doing the work to ensure a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community space and workplace. We welcome and we value employees, volunteers, and participants whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, class, or disability. At Ben’s Bells we work to create kinder communities, and such work requires dedication to serving constituents that represent the diverse makeup of our communities.

We strive to maintain a kind culture where all perspectives are welcomed, shared, and valued, and are committed to nondiscriminatory practices in the workplace and as we serve all members of the public. We work to ensure equal opportunity of access to our programming and public spaces as well as to employment and advancement opportunities. We value the perspectives that diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring to the table and maintain a safe space for respectful, kind, and inclusive dialogue that encourages listening, sharing, and self-reflection.

We are committed to communicating clearly, questioning our assumptions, acknowledging our mistakes, incorporating a growth mindset, doing this work even when it is difficult, recognizing the ongoing nature of these responsibilities, and building kinder communities for everyone. We expect all employees and board members to lead with kindness and to hold equitable practices as core values that translate into their personal and professional lives. All visitors are expected to use kind behavior, exhibit equitable treatment, and join us in maintaining a safe space for all participants.

We’re firm in our stance that equitable treatment for everyone is a crucial aspect of kindness and that only diverse and inclusive spaces represent the true scope of what it means to do kindness work and be a kind community. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are deeply connected to our mission and critical to the wellbeing of our staff, board, volunteers, and the communities we serve. 

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Statement

Ben’s Bells Project is committed to providing all employees with a workplace free of all types of harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, gender, physical or mental disability, class, or veteran status.

“Discrimination” occurs when an individual, or group of individuals, is treated adversely because they belong to a classification of individuals that is protected from discrimination by a federal or state statute or this Ben’s Bells Project policy. “Harassment” is a specific form of discrimination. It is unwelcome behavior, based on a protected classification, that a reasonable person would perceive to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Harassing conduct may take many forms, including verbal acts and name calling, as well as nonverbal behavior, such as graphic, electronic, and written statements, or conduct that is physically offensive, harmful, or threatening.

Ben’s Bells Project prohibits and will not tolerate any unlawful harassment or discrimination by Supervisors/Managers, coworkers, interns, volunteers, community partners, or others who do business with Ben’s Bells Project.

It is our policy to maintain a work environment free from all forms of unlawful harassment or discrimination and to insist that all employees, interns, and volunteers be treated with dignity, respect, and kindness. The purpose of this policy is not to regulate
our employees’, interns’, or volunteers’ personal morality. It is to assure that unlawful harassment or discrimination does not occur in the workplace.

An individual who believes that they have been subjected to discrimination or harassment in violation of this policy should contact Ben’s Bells Project at 520-622-1379 or bensbells@bensbells.org to obtain information about resolving concerns, including complaint-filing options and procedures, and to enable Ben’s Bells Project to take prompt remedial action.

All reports of discrimination or harassment will be confidential, except to the extent disclosure is required by law or is necessary to facilitate the investigation and resolution of the discrimination or harassment allegations.