Ben's Bells Project


The mission of Ben's Bells is to inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.

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Recent research demonstrates that kindness benefits our physical and mental health, and that recognizing kindness in others increases a person's happiness and satisfaction. But just as solving a calculus problem requires advanced math skills, the challenges of daily life require advanced kindness skills. By focusing on kindness and being intentional in our personal interactions, we can improve our ability to connect. The mission of Ben's Bells is to inspire individuals and communities to engage in kindness education and practice.

Address: 40 W. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85701
GuideStar URL: http://www.guidestar.org/profile/76-0779755
AZ State Tax Credit Info: No Arizona Tax Credit
Alliance Member?: Yes
Service Areas: International, National (US), Yuma, Yavapai, Santa Cruz, Pima, Pinal, Maricopa, La Paz, Greenlee, Gila, Coconino, Cochise
"There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that the social context of our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods affects our health and wellbeing in many ways. However, from a researcher's perspective, getting entire communities on board with structured interventions can be difficult, if not impossible. We've been intrigued by seeing how the Ben's Bells message and programming has been widely adopted by local schools, businesses and the Tucson community at large. By working in partnership with Ben's Bells, we are hoping to better understand how a grassroots approach like theirs can help students, and entire communities, to thrive."
- UA Community Research, Evaluation, and Development Team

"I became involved with Ben's Bells as an employee and have worked for the organization for 9 years. Over those years I have been able to experience the tremendous growth and impact of the mission on the Tucson community and beyond. I am most involved in the mosaic program and love being a part of the beautification of Tucson through kindness themed mosaics. I love having the opportunity to teach others the art of mosaic and see the reaction of the young faces in our Tucson schools when they first see a "be kind" mural installed."
- Colleen Conlin, Ben's Bells Project Art Project Manager

"My favorite thing about Ben's Bells is the way that art and mindset of kindness come together to create something beautiful. The bells and other ceramic pieces capture the love that is so evident in the people who volunteer their time, creativity, and skills, and spreading the bells around the community helps touch the lives of countless people from Tucson and beyond."
- Jenna Glad, Student

"I am more reflective in my practice as a teacher and in my personal relationships because of the kindness education I have enrolled in through Ben's Bells."
- Benjamin Collinsworth, Kind Campus Teacher

"Since learning about Ben's Bells and becoming part of the kind colleagues program, I told myself I am going to give back in some way possible. I kept my promise and decided to host a High School foreign exchange student from Spain. The program has been a rewarding experience and allows me to be an ambassador for the U.S. along with creating a positive impression about our Country."
- Michelle Livingston, Kindness Coordinator

"Ben's Bells has helped me reach a deeper understanding and practice of compassion and self-kindness. I have an awareness now around my lizard brain that helps me recognize my initial reactions around difficult situations and pause to think with my heart and extend a connection as opposed to a defensive wall. Practicing this compassion to myself too has been an invaluable lesson as it allows me to accept and embrace my imperfections and all that comes along with being human."
- Jodi Vander Ploeg, Ben's Bells Project Merchandise Manager