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

Jennifer Riordan and family
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.
Jennifer Riordan

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.
teddy bear

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

My friend helped my by booking appointments for me.

August 3, 2020

My friend gave me perfume samples.

August 2, 2020

My friend delivered flowers.

August 1, 2020

Helped by friend choose new work outfits.

August 1, 2020

Self care night.

July 30, 2020

Supported local brewery by purchasing gift cards.

July 30, 2020

Made sure to let my bestie trinity know how much I love each of them.

July 30, 2020

Wrote kind words to someone who is moving on. Made sure she knows she is cherished.

July 30, 2020

Helped coworker with project.

July 30, 2020

My friend bought string to braid my hair.

July 30, 2020

Sent green chile to friends.

July 29, 2020

Brought bagels for staff.

July 29, 2020

Bought flowers for my dad’s birthday.

July 29, 2020

Took groceries to elderly father.

July 29, 2020

Plannong special lunch for a favorite staff member who is moving on.

July 29, 2020

Staff is going to start a gratitude board.

July 28, 2020

I was a good listener for friends who needed to vent.

July 28, 2020

A friend made us all burritos.

July 28, 2020

Found a special gift for a coworker.

July 28, 2020

Had a lot of patience with a family member.

July 28, 2020

Took my dad flowers for his new home.

July 28, 2020

Had patience with someone who frustrates me.

July 28, 2020

Prayed that a friend does well with her shadowing today.

July 28, 2020

My friends have been very supportive on my new life choices.

July 28, 2020

Stopped by a friend’s home and dropped of bags of relaxation and kind notes.

July 28, 2020

Made care packages for my godson.

July 27, 2020

Bought dog toys for my girl.

July 27, 2020

Setting up staff with more stress reliever techniques.

July 27, 2020

Started a secret santa at work!

July 27, 2020

A friend researched apartments for me.

July 27, 2020

Bought a friend some coffee.

July 27, 2020

Gave my friend some hygiene stuff.

July 27, 2020

My neighbor helped me make sure my package didn’t get stolen while I was gone over the weekend.

July 27, 2020

Gave socks to a friend.

July 27, 2020

Brought a friend some groceries.

July 27, 2020

My friend helped me with a delicate problem.

July 26, 2020

Took breakfast to my parents.

July 26, 2020

Dropped off supplies to elderly father.

July 26, 2020

Taking my friend to and from the hospital tomorrow. She has to have a biopsy.

July 26, 2020

Gave a friend a ride.

July 26, 2020

Made my son’s girlfriend a care package.

July 26, 2020

Helped someone push their car.

July 26, 2020

Prayed for my friend’s sick doggie who are lots of muffins and is very sick.

July 5, 2020

Treated myself to a hot bath after a long hike.

June 29, 2020

Bought my niece a toy.

June 29, 2020

My neighbor helped me sell my old car.

June 29, 2020

My brother attempted to buy me shoes.

June 29, 2020

My friend forgave me for burning oatmeal in her apartment.

June 29, 2020

Helped a homeless man with clothing.

June 29, 2020

Made sandwiches for the homeless in the area.

June 29, 2020

My friend edited my work

June 28, 2020

I made sure to celebrate my friend today.

June 28, 2020

My friend helped me with a garage issue.

June 28, 2020

A friend helped me through a break up.

June 28, 2020

Helped a coworker with a project.

June 27, 2020

Took my dad dinner.

June 27, 2020

Prayed the rosary with my elderly father.

June 27, 2020

A friend gave me a foot massage.

June 27, 2020

A friend gave me a facial.

June 27, 2020

A friend helped us paint.

June 27, 2020

Played match maker.

June 27, 2020

Some friends downloaded the app so they could spread the word about giving back with kindness.

June 27, 2020

Bought my friend a shirt.

June 27, 2020

Gave someone Girl Scout cookies.

June 27, 2020

Swept out my neighbor’s parking spot.

June 27, 2020

Gave luggage to a homeless woman.

June 27, 2020

Collected trash at the Storehouse.

June 27, 2020

Helped the Storehouse staff make baby food boxes.

June 27, 2020

Volunteered at the Storehouse.

June 27, 2020

My mom cleaned up my room.

June 27, 2020

I cleaned up the kitchen.

June 27, 2020

I bought breakfast for a homeless man.

June 27, 2020

I took my sister out to breakfast.

June 27, 2020

I made breakfast for my family.

June 27, 2020

I volunteered at the Storehouse!

June 27, 2020

Offered my dad dinner.

June 27, 2020

Picked up prescriptions for someone.

June 27, 2020

Made dinner for family.

June 27, 2020

Taking the night shift watching my grandmother.

June 27, 2020

Picked up food for a neighbor.

June 27, 2020

I gave my friend a cookbook.

June 26, 2020

I sent emails of gratitude to friends.

June 2, 2020

I made sure everyone stayed hydrated at the park.

June 2, 2020

A volunteer made me a mask.

June 2, 2020

I gave my brother a ride to buy food.

June 2, 2020

Complimented my friend on her photo.

June 2, 2020

Friend thanked me for his Graduation gift.

June 2, 2020

I mowed my neighbor’s lawn!

June 2, 2020

Took coffee and breakfast to folks.

June 1, 2020

Got a list from elderly parents of supplies they need.

June 1, 2020

My friend bought me a sonic slushie!

June 1, 2020

Bought my boyfriend dinner.

June 1, 2020

Buying coffee for someone behind me.

June 1, 2020

Bought my co workers some coffee.

June 1, 2020

I offered to share my lunch with my co worker.

June 1, 2020

I helped my mom washing the dishes.

June 1, 2020

Made food boxes for a friend.

June 1, 2020

Gave a friend a gift card.

June 1, 2020

My friend supported me through a rough morning.

June 1, 2020

Ordered supplies from Amazon for elderly father.

June 1, 2020

Took my dad lunch.

June 1, 2020

Took my elderly dad’s laundry so I could do it for him.

June 1, 2020

My friend bought hair products for me.

June 1, 2020

Bought clothes and shoes for granddaughter.

May 31, 2020

My friend was patient when I overslept for an appt.

May 31, 2020

Bought toys for a new baby.

May 31, 2020

Checked on my dad.

May 31, 2020

Let someone cut in front of me when there was a really long line at Target.

May 31, 2020

Bought groceries for my mom.

May 31, 2020

Called my elderly grandfather to check on him.

May 31, 2020

Cleaned up trash and broken glass in the parking lot.

May 31, 2020

Settled someone who was super upset.

May 30, 2020

Donated money to the church.

May 30, 2020

Gave my friend a salad.

May 30, 2020

Someone complimented my glasses.

May 30, 2020

Dropped off gloves to my high risk aunt.

May 30, 2020

Bought my friends some plants.

May 30, 2020

Told my friend to think of himself in a better light.

May 30, 2020

Took my dad dinner.

May 30, 2020

Prayed for humanity.

May 30, 2020

Friend motivated me to run even though it was raining.

May 30, 2020

My friend shared her salad for lunch.

May 30, 2020

My friend bought me a coffee.

May 30, 2020

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