About the Tour

The Jennifer Riordan Foundation is stepping out of our kindness zone on a Spark Kindness Tour across the U.S. The purpose of the Tour is to recognize and support kind acts and to celebrate the people who spread kindness throughout their own cities. The Foundation was created to continue the legacy of Jennifer, who lived her life through the tenet to “Always be Kind, Loving, Caring and Sharing,” inspiring compassion and kind deeds wherever she went.

On the Spark Kindness Tour, we will visit non-profit organizations whose missions align with our ABCs of Kindness: to Act kind, Be kind, C kind, and to support their work in the areas of Community Vitality, Financial Literacy, Childhood Education and Women’s Empowerment. Our stops on the tour include Albuquerque, NM; Amarillo, TX; Springfield, MO; Indianapolis, IN; Richmond, IN; Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Buffalo, NY; and Colchester, VT.

SPARK KINDNESS TOUR LOCAL DAY

This is what a local day of kindness looks like at the NM Bowl. This is what we want to bring to your town.

About the Tour

The Jennifer Riordan Foundation is setting off across the US to encourage kindness and to celebrate the people who spread kindness throughout their own cities. The Foundation was created to continue the legacy of Jennifer, who lived her life through the tenet of “Always be Kind, Loving, Caring and Sharing,” inspiring compassion and kind deeds wherever she went.

On the Spark Kindness Tour, we will visit non-profit organizations whose missions align with our ABCs of Kindness: to Act kind, Be kind, C kind, and to support their work in the areas of Community Vitality, Financial Literacy, Childhood Education and Women’s Empowerment. Our stops on the tour include Albuquerque, NM; Amarillo, TX; Springfield, MO; Richmond, IN; Cleveland, OH; Buffalo, NY; and Colchester, VT.

Our Route

ABQ to Vermont

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 in 1994. 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!

Albuquerque, New Mexico

We’re kicking off our Kindness Tour 2020 in ABQ with the Albuquerque Isostopes! Join us gameday for a special Albuquerque kindness day at Isotopes Park.

  • The Isostopes players will be wearing ‘kindness’ jerseys for the game. You can bid online after the game on any of the player’s autographed kindness jerseys. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics of New Mexico.
  • The first 3,000 fans at the game will also receive ‘kindness caps’ to show your commitment to kindness and team spirit.
  • The first 3,000 fans at the game will also receive ‘kindness caps’ to show your commitment to kindness and team spirit.

Special thank you to our partners for helping us spark kindness in ABQ and beyond at this event: UNM Be Kind Club, PNM, Jr. Achievement, Albuquerque Isotopes, Special Olympics of New Mexico.

Updated 2020 MLB schedule to be released soon. Check back in for updated dates and times for gameday.

Amarillo, TX

Next stop, we’ll be joining the Amarillo Sod Poodles for their Education Day. We’ll be showing kids from schools across Amarillo the science behind kindness and how they can make a difference in their schools.

Springfield, MO
Springfield was a memorable stop along the way when Jennifer and Michael first made their way from Colchester to Albuquerque. We will be in Springfield for a couple days where we will be partnering with the Springfield Cardinals minor league baseball team. Join us at Hammons Field for a fun run and bark in the park day! 

In the days leading up to gameday, we want to connect with organizations making a difference and showing kindness in the community of Richmond, IL. If you know of the perfect place for us to stop on our tour, reach out! Contact us.

Indianapolis, IN

We will be in Indianapolis for a few days leading up to the ‘Spark for Change Firework Night’ at the Indianapolis Indians game. Join us for fireworks night at Victory Field as we help highlight people across the Indianapolis area caring for others, sharing their talents, loving what they do, and showing kindness to the world!

More details to come, but we would like to thank The Gifted Gown for sparking kindness in their community as part of the Kindness Tour 2020! If you know of any other organizations we could recognize and support please contact us.

Richmond, IL
Richmond was a memorable stop along the way when Jennifer and Michael first made their way from Colchester to Albuquerque. We want to connect with organizations making a difference and showing kindness in the community of Richmond, IL. If you know of the perfect place for us to stop on our tour, reach out! Contact us.
Columbus, OH
Caring for others is at the core of our mission and that is why we are excited to partner with NetJets while we are in Columbus, OH.

NetJets and Homeless Families Foundation are showing kids all the possibilities they can achieve with a career in aviation. Their program helps give kids the resources to change their path and better the lives of their families.

Learn more about their program and stay tuned for more on what we will be doing along the tour.

Cleveland, OH
Cleveland was a memorable stop along the way when Jennifer and Michael first made their way from Colchester to Albuquerque. One organization we will be joining is Big Hearted Blooms. They are sparking kindness by repurposing flowers and delivering them to people who need a boost after life’s challenges. Get involved and learn more about their organization.
Buffalo, NY
Join us in Buffalo for ‘dog day’ as the Buffalo Bisons take on the Norfolk Tides. Pets have their own way of sparking joy in people, that is why we are thrilled to partner with local animal humane groups during the game!

More details to come, and if you would know of an organization we should support, reach out!

Colchester, VT
The Kindness Tour 2020 will wrap up in Colchester, VT by honoring an individual making the biggest impact around them by showing kindness and we will be celebrating Jennifer at her alma mater Colchester High School.

  • One spectacular high school senior who has demonstrated in their community what it means to always be kind, loving, caring and sharing will be awarded the inaugural Jennifer Riordan Foundation scholarship. We believe this person reflects the pillars Jennifer set forth and actively strives to better those around them through kind, selfless acts.
  • Stay tuned for our last stop of the tour at the Vermont Lake Monsters baseball game.

Thank you to Colchester High School for allowing us to honor one of your students and for helping us to carry on Jen’s legacy through future generations.

Reach out to us

It is our mission to recognize, support, and spread acts of kindness in the spirit of Jenn. If you or your organization would like to partner with us to spread kindness in your area, reach out! Our team would love to hear more about your efforts to bring out the good in your community.

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