Several Carmel organizations are partnering to build community connections during a time neighbors are required to be physically distant from each other because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Carmel Cares initiative features five themed weeks with interactive activities such as workouts, Facebook Live bedtime stories read by local celebrities, scavenger hunts and more.
The series will kick off with a virtual fireworks display at 7 p.m. April 3 on the Carmel Cares Facebook page.
The themed weeks are:
C – Color the City with Kindness (April 3 – 9)
A – Age Old Rivals (April 10 – 16)
R – Rev Up Your Creativity (April 17 – 23)
E – Exercise Your Body and Mind (April 24 -30)
S – Sheroes and Heroes (May 1-7)
During the first week, residents are encouraged to write positive message on their driveways and sidewalks with chalk, decorate homes with lights and banners, paint kindness rocks and participate in a citywide spirit week.
Participants may share photos and videos on the Carmel Cares Facebook page and on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #CarmelCares.
“It’s important to stay connected to each other as we practice physical distancing,” Mayor Jim Brainard stated in a press release. “Carmel Cares is an initiative organized by the City of Carmel and our community partners to engage our citizens in virtual activities and share the good we are doing for others. If we participate in the same activities community-wide, we will not feel as isolated during our quarantine. It is important for our mental health that we stay active and engaged with each other and that we continue to help one another through this historic event.”
Organizations partnering for the initiative include Carmel Clay Schools, the Carmel Fire Dept., the Carmel Police Dept., Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, The Center for The Performing Arts and it’s resident companies, Good Day Carmel and The Great American Songbook.
Look for information about each week on the Carmel Cares Facebook page and the City of Carmel website.