Albuquerque, NM

The Kindness Capital of the world.

In the Garden of Sharing

Beautifying Albuquerque through art.

KINDNESS IS OUR CURRENCY

Help us reach 1,000,000 Acts of Kindness.

Teaching everyone

what it means to be Kind, Loving, Caring, and Sharing.

ABOUT THE JENNIFER RIORDAN FOUNDATION

In 2018, the Jennifer Riordan Foundation was formed to honor the kind spirit and carry on the legacy of Jennifer Riordan. Her mantra in life that she instilled in so many will be carried on through this foundation, the Albuquerque community, and beyond. Always remember to be Kind, Loving, Caring and Sharing.

About Jennifer

Jennifer’s vibrancy, passion, and love of philanthropy infused our community and reached across our country. Her impact on all she touched can never be fully measured, but can be honored and continued.

The Jennifer Riordan Foundation continues her legacy to support the causes she cared about so deeply: Albuquerque Vitality, Financial Literacy, Childhood Education, and Women’s Empowerment.

Vermont Teddy Bear Company

Vermont Teddy Bear Company believes that love is in the bear and that every teddy bear is made to give hugs, boost your courage and dry your tears when you need it most. That is why we are so grateful to partner with them to create the Kindness Bear. It’s our hope that every bear will support those needing extra love and encourage everyone to be kind to others. Learn more and get your own Kindness Bear using the link below.

Coming to a town near you
(Hopefully soon) this year

Spark Kindness Tour

Join us as we unite our country in kindness! We are kicking off our Spark Kindness Tour starting in Albuquerque, New Mexico and ending in Colchester, Vermont. We’ll have many stops along the way to spread kindness across cities near and far.

We believe kindness can be found everywhere. So, we want to show our support to more places and organizations making a difference along the way! If you know of a person or organization spreading kindness in your town, we want to know about it! Use our contact form and bring the Spark Kindness Tour to your town.

Why Albuquerque and Colchester?

Both Albuquerque and Colchester hold a special place in Jennifer’s story. Her hometown of Colchester, VT taught her the values that shaped the Kind, Loving, Caring, and Sharing person we knew.

Jennifer and Michael Riordan took a leap of faith and moved across the country to make Albuquerque, NM their home. Jennifer touched the lives of countless people in both cities through her love for life and many passion projects. So, it’s only fitting that our first Spark Kindness Tour begins in Albuquerque and ends in Colchester!

Our stops along the way will include:

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Springfield, MO
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Richmond, IN
  • Colombus, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Colchester, VT

Share an Act of Kindness

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Kindness Feed

A friend made me a mask

May 5, 2020

The Storehouse: Albertsons donated pet food to us.

May 5, 2020

The Storehouse: The VCA donated pet food to us

May 5, 2020

Told someone he was amazing.

May 5, 2020

I helped coordinate to get supplies to a family in need.

May 5, 2020

My friend made a financial donation to help us out.

May 5, 2020

I made dinner for my mom.

May 4, 2020

I told my boss she was awesome.

May 4, 2020

I helped my friend study for a test.

May 4, 2020

I got my brother to exercise with me and get off the couch.

May 4, 2020

My friend took pet food to the Pueblo.

May 4, 2020

Bought breakfast for police officers in line behind me at a fast food drive up.

May 4, 2020

I worked on my sister’s yard.

May 3, 2020

Gave an elderly neighbor my cell number in case he needs my help.

May 3, 2020

Babysat my grand baby to give my daughter a break.

May 3, 2020

Took cold water to workers remodeling a family member’s home.

May 3, 2020

Bought Starbucks for the person in the car behind me.

May 3, 2020

Complimented a grocery store worker.

May 3, 2020

A client stopped by the Storehouse today and gave a donation because he received his stimulus check.

May 3, 2020

The Storehouse: Donated clothing.

May 3, 2020

The Storehouse: Dropped off gifts to a toddler who is sad at home.

May 3, 2020

Created a graduation basket for a friend

May 3, 2020

Made a care package for a sick friend.

May 3, 2020

Prayed for a return to normalcy.

May 3, 2020

Found cute office supplies for my friend.

May 3, 2020

Sent a dolly over to my niece.

May 3, 2020

The Storehouse: we gave away toys to the children who came into the Storehouse today.

May 2, 2020

Gave a ride to someone in need.

May 2, 2020

Planned my nephew’s birthday.

May 2, 2020

Helped my dad with electronics in the house which he doesn’t understand.

May 2, 2020

Sent crossword puzzles to my friend.

May 2, 2020

My friend wrote me a song.

May 2, 2020

A farmer gave me a dozen eggs.

May 2, 2020

A friend made a donation to help out the Storehouse.

May 2, 2020

Someone gave me flowers.

May 2, 2020

Helped my mom color her roots.

May 2, 2020

Helped a senior transfer heavy items from her cart to her trunk at the grocery store.

May 2, 2020

Let a senior go ahead of me in line at Home Depot even though I only had one item.

May 2, 2020

Dropped off pictures of my baby granddaughter to elderly father in senior facility to cheer him up.

May 2, 2020

Called my elderly grandfather to see what he needed from the grocery store.

May 2, 2020

The Storehouse: A family took part of their stimulus check and donated fresh produce to the warehouse.

May 2, 2020

I was a little sad and a friend lifted my spirits.

May 2, 2020

Connected two people together to help a friend.

May 2, 2020

Helped elderly neighbors lift a heavy object into a truck.

May 2, 2020

My mom is such a huge help, she has helped me tons at my new hose and also watching the baby when I need to do errands.

May 2, 2020

I am immunosuppressed and at high risk to have bad outcomes if I get the virus. Two friends offered to drive 30 miles each to bring me groceries.

March 21, 2020

I am in self quarantine until March 31st so I can’t go anywhere. Yesterday I told my friend Jennifer H. that the only thing I needed was distilled water for my humidifier. Today she called to tell me she was at the store and asked how many I needed. I told her I only needed 2. They were on my doorstep within 20 minutes. Thanks, Jennifer! I appreciate you!!!

March 21, 2020

PNM employees (not me, I’m just praising their kindness) are making food and school bag deliveries this week. With social distancing and sterilizing as a top concern too.

March 21, 2020

A very dear friend brought me a much needed present while my son and I are in self quarantine for 14 days.

March 15, 2020

A friend brought homemade soup to me at work because she knows I’m not feeling well.

March 2, 2020

Corporate volunteer council had 253 volunteers at missions across ABQ last month.

February 27, 2020

Corporate volunteer council has 253 volunteers at missions across ABQ last month.

February 27, 2020

Bought and pair for an item over the phone from a local business today. I’ve never been in the store before and it was my first time buying anything from them. I asked the person on the phone to mail the item to me because I wasn’t sure when I’d have time to pick it up. When I got home tonight, there was a bag hanging from my front door handle… someone had personally delivered it to my house.

February 26, 2020

We were out to dinner tonight and a woman from another table came over, put her hand on my shoulder, and said, “Your kids are great.”

February 26, 2020

700 attendees at the Women of Influence event honoring and supporting women.

February 25, 2020

Our neighbor backed some banana bread.

February 24, 2020

At practice we wrote to the team that lost some girls from their club.

February 20, 2020

Let a senior citizen ahead of me in the checkout line.

February 20, 2020

While on a museum field trip, a 7th grader helped a man with a walker make it safely down the stairs.

February 18, 2020

A friend nursed me back to health.

February 12, 2020

A friend has written me a kind note every month for the last 22 months.

February 12, 2020

My cousin treated my kids to frozen yogurt as a surprise.

February 11, 2020

I donated money to Camp Corazon which is a special camp for kids living with cancer that my friend is the medical director for.

February 5, 2020

Created 100 kits for cancer patients today with 15 kind friends at PNM and CSNM.

February 5, 2020

Gave my sucker to my brother.

February 5, 2020

Bought a special kindness bear for some friends of mine who recently adopted a child.

February 4, 2020

Returned a shopping cart for someone else.

January 30, 2020

A loving boy showed how much he cares about me by sharing his air pods. His kindness will help me achieve my goals. Thank you!

January 28, 2020

Thank you to the NM ARVC Volleyball team for making Valentine’s Care packages with treats and notes of encouragement for the women and children at Barrett House shelter. Their kindness will be felt by 40 women and children experiencing homelessness currently residing at the shelter.

January 23, 2020

Graduate student came back to help a current student as a mentor. It was so kind of her to give her time and to help another student in a similar situation.

January 22, 2020

One of my 7th grade students stopped by my room to tell me he knows the life I juggle and to thank me for everything I do for them. Caught me completely off guard and made me feel really good.

January 22, 2020

Thought about how nice some people are.

January 21, 2020

Thanked an Iranian postal worker in Persian for helping me.

January 21, 2020

A group of students cleaned the kitchen after an inspection.

January 19, 2020

A beautiful lady made my family a traveling care package for our upcoming road trip.

January 17, 2020

Future cities competition judges and their time to encourage kids.

January 12, 2020

Students helped clean and organize the classroom and materials.

January 11, 2020

Students organized a canned food drive.

January 11, 2020

A student was teaching two other students how to shoot a basketball.

January 11, 2020

Kind, encouraging “chalk” messages on park sidewalks. See the front page of the Abq Journal!

January 11, 2020

Nikes and Kindness Bears headed to Skid Row.

January 4, 2020

Sean helped to pick up dog poop today.

December 26, 2019

Evan just cleaned off the dog poop from his little brother and his friend’s shoes.

December 26, 2019

A very special family of a very special lady gifted me a very special bear today for Christmas! Tears of love from this ole lady and undying gratitude and love to them. You all are K,L,C,S to the max!

December 26, 2019

ACS 6th grade collected food for people who needed it.

December 25, 2019

Our class bought warm clothes for kids who needed it.

December 25, 2019

Helped someone jump their car on a chilly 6 degree morning.

December 22, 2019

A lifelong friend came over and helped move appliances and reminded me he is always here to help.

December 22, 2019

San Diego State and Central Michigan football players visited kids at Isleta elementary school and UNM children’s hospital

December 20, 2019

Donated 45 gifts for Christmas

December 17, 2019

Charity golf tournament

December 15, 2019

ACS 7th grade delivered 90 care packaged

December 15, 2019

Rolled a neighbor’s trash barrel back into their yard.

December 10, 2019

Some wonderful Christmas angels surprised our family by putting beautiful holiday lights up on our house.

December 7, 2019

Baked some banana bread for the senior living center in my town.

December 4, 2019

My sister sat on my bed and stayed with me until my mommy came in the room.

December 3, 2019

My brother told me I am the best sister ever.

December 3, 2019

Told the post office crew they are doing a great job.

December 2, 2019

Held the door at the post office.

November 29, 2019

Comforted a very old person.

November 29, 2019

Shovelled the neighbor’s walk.

November 29, 2019

Held the door for an old person.

November 26, 2019

Annunciation 6th grade fed 14 families Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 25, 2019

Kids cleaned 100 yards in Rio Rancho.

November 24, 2019

Annunciation fed 21 families.

November 24, 2019

Gave positive encouragement to a person going through a hard time.

November 22, 2019

My daughter told me I looked “super pretty”.

November 22, 2019

A friend offered to hang Christmas lights on our house for us.

November 22, 2019