THE KINDNESS CAMPAIGN - PAST HONOREES

This page recognize the contributions made by men and women who have distinguished themselves by their activism and commitment to service in the Chicago community.  Selections for the Outstanding Members are among the most important actions The Kindness Campaign takes to increase the recognition of men and women's contributions to the issues surrounding our city. 

Tim Kaczocha

The Kindness Campaign relies on the generosity of kind people who are committed to being positive social influencers in their communities. Our campaign would not have the positive impact and influence without their “boots on the ground”.

 

For generations, the community has served an important role in our individual lives by acting as a support system. A strong community benefits everyone, the community itself, and the greater society. Conscious, engaged community members create a strong community.

 

For this reason, Tim Kaczocha is being honored as the November 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree.

 

Tim Kaczocha is a recently retired Principal from Mercer Human Resources, a global employee benefits consulting firm; he understands the importance of “leveling the playing field” so that everyone can not only have equal opportunity, but also make significant contributions to society.

 

Tim currently serves as the Vice President of the Chicago Community Tool Bank, a nonprofit tool lending program that provides fellow nonprofit organizations with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and facility and grounds maintenance.  Tim also serves as the webmaster for Life Quilt Foundation, an organization he helped found with his wife, Kim Holmes, that is breaking the barriers of educational success by providing students’ basic needs.

 

Tim is a loyal White Sox fan and grew up in Hammond, IN. He attended Lake Central High School, Shimer College, University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University. Tim is married to Kim Holmes and is a proud parent of two and a grandparent of four; Tim is a very devoted family man and sets a great example for his children.

 

The Kindness Campaign is proud to honor Tim Kaczocha as the November 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree for his leadership, dedication and passion to serve as a community leader, contributor and role model.

Hovember 2018 Honoree

Roshanda Luter

The Kindness Campaign relies on the generosity of kind people who are committed to being positive social influencers in their communities. Our campaign would not have the positive impact and influence without their “boots on the ground”.

 

The Kindness Campaign believes that our resources must be efficient and impactful. We need to be more intentional about catalyzing new and creative solutions, building unlikely alliances, and creating new instruments for social impact.
 
The “Making A Difference Through Kindness Honoree” celebrates the spirit of civic engagement, which is demonstrated by making their significant contributions of time, actions, talents and dedication.  The honoree is a role model for compassion and service and strives to make the community a better place.

 

For this reason, Roshanda Luter is being honored as the October 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree.
 

Roshanda, a tax professional, has been involved with The Kindness Campaign since 2015. Roshanda is regularly accompanied by her two children, getting them involved in community service at an early age.


Roshanda Luter, a lifelong Chicago resident, was raised in the Englewood community and graduated from John P Altgeld Elementary School. Roshanda is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on the southside of Chicago in the Englewood community. Roshanda is a “baseball mom” and is very involved the West Englewood Tigers.

 

Roshanda is a graduate of Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where she was a Cheerleader and a member of The National Honor Society. Roshanda holds a Master of Science Work and a Bachelor of Arts from Chicago State University.

 

Roshanda attributes growing up in the Englewood community and experiencing the death of her mother at an early age as her reasons for being passionate about violence reduction and community improvement.
 
The Kindness Campaign is proud to honor Roshanda Luter as the October 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree for her leadership, dedication and passion to serve as a community leader, contributor and role model.

October 2018 Honoree

Devaughn Jones

The Kindness Campaign relies on the generosity of kind people who are committed to being positive social influencers in their communities. Our campaign would not have the positive impact and influence without their “boots on the ground”.
 
The “Making A Difference Through Kindness Honoree” celebrates the spirit of civic engagement, which is demonstrated by making their significant contributions of time, actions, talents and dedication.  The honoree is a role model for compassion and service and strives to make the community a better place.

 

For this reason, Devaughn Jones is being honored as the September 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree.
 
Devaughn Jones is the owner of Zikomo’s Barber & Beauty Salon, located in the Auburn Gresham community. Devaughn is a strong partner of The Kindness Campaign and was instrumental to hosting back to school events in the Auburn Gresham and Englewood communities, bringing haircuts, hairstyles, backpacks, school supplies, games and much more to 500+ students.
 
Devaughn Jones, a lifelong Chicago resident, was raised in the Englewood community and graduated from Ralph J Bunche Elementary School and William R Harper High School. While in school, Devaughn was a standout student on the basketball team. Devaughn is currently a member of Chains Are Broken Ministries in the Roseland community.
 
Devaughn, a father of 6 children including 4 sons, is very passionate about providing opportunities to and mentoring African American males and community violence reduction. Devaughn, with his staff of Barbers and Cosmetologists, regularly participates in community events.
 
Devaughn believes that local businesses have a role in being change agents within the community, specifically emphasizing the role and importance of a Barber Shop in the African American community. Zikomo's Barber & Beauty Salon is organizing Barbers and Shops to host regular “Shop Talk” events to bring the community together around important issues.
 
The Kindness Campaign is proud to honor Devaughn Jones as the September 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree for his leadership, dedication and passion to serve as a community leader, contributor and role model.

September 2018 Honoree

Latanya Ross

The Kindness Campaign relies on the generosity of kind people who are committed to being positive social influencers in their communities. Our campaign would not have the positive impact and influence without their “boots on the ground”.

 

The “Making A Difference Through Kindness Honoree” celebrates the spirit of civic engagement, which is demonstrated by making their significant contributions of time, actions, talents and dedication.  The honoree is a role model for compassion and service and strives to make the community a better place.

 

For this reason, Latanya Ross is being honored as the August 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree.

 

Latanya is an original participant and collaborator on community projects that led to the launch of The Kindness Campaign. Latanya was instrumental in persuading her employer, Food & Paper Supply, one of the first business partners from the community, to support initiatives in projects to reduce violence, develop youth leaders and provide meals to the homeless.

 

Latanya was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, graduating from Burnside Elementary School and Marshall Harlan High School.  Latanya is an active member of God’s House of all Nations Church and a long-time employee of Food & Paper Supply.

 

Latanya is very engaged, theming her birthday parties as an opportunity to collect, pack and distribute care packages for the homeless. Latanya shares that God gave her the gift of a giving heart.

 

We honor Latanya as the August 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree for her leadership, dedication and passion to serve as a community leader, contributor and role model.

August 2018 Honoree

Linda McKinney

The “Making A Difference Through Kindness Honoree” celebrates the spirit of civic engagement, which is demonstrated by making their significant contributions of time, actions, talents and dedication.  The honoree is as a role model for compassion and service and strives to make the community a better place.

 

For this reason, Linda McKinney is being honored as the July 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree.

 

Linda has had a strong presence and much involvement with The Kindness Campaign since Spring 2016. Linda has taken a leadership role in activities related to violence reduction and has supported the youth through education and offering opportunities for development and growth.

 

Linda is a life-long resident of the southside of Chicago. She graduated from the prestigious Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy and went on to obtain a Bachelor degree from Roosevelt University.

 

Linda is an active member of Salem Baptist Church, where she is involved with several ministries. Linda currently serves as the Treasurer for Directions Ministry and Lenses2Living, two community-based organizations on the southside of Chicago.

 

We honor Linda as the July 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree for her leadership, dedication and passion to serve as a community leader, contributor and role model.

July 2018 Honoree

Minister LeRonn R Johnson, Sr.

For generations, the community has served an important role in each individual’s life by acting as a support system, a safety net, and a place for congregation and sharing of values. A strong community benefits everyone in it and the greater society at large.  For this reason, Minister LeRonn R Johnson, Sr., an active community and faith leader, is being honored as the June 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree.

 

LeRonn, who has been active in the community for more than a decade, has played a leadership role on several initiatives with The Kindness Campaign. LeRonn is passionate about violence reduction and youth engagement and has been very active with Kindness In Doing (KID), Acts of Kindness and Team Up To Clean Up.

 

LeRonn is the product of the Englewood community, where he was born and raised. LeRonn, who loves his community, graduated from Paul Robeson High School and Kennedy-King College, long-time educational pillars in the Englewood community.

 

LeRonn serves as a speaker with the Restorative Justice initiative, where he is a certified peace circle keeper contributing to violence prevention and restorative justice efforts. LeRonn is also a regular speaker to detained youth at the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Detention Center.

 

We honor LeRonn as the June 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree for his leadership, dedication and passion to serve as a community leader, contributor and role model.

June 2018 Honoree

Demitra A Giannaras

The Kindness Campaign believes that our resources must be efficient and impactful. We need to be more intentional about catalyzing new and creative solutions, building unlikely alliances, and creating new instruments for social impact. For this reason, Demitra A Giannaras is being honored as the May 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree.

 

Since 2016, Demi has demonstrated compassionate leadership through participation in several impact projects, including the delivery of new and unused undergarments to people living on the streets, as well as being engaged in direct service by sharing food with people on the streets in their community.

 

Demi is most passionate about addressing socioeconomic factors in underserved communities in Chicago to mitigate inequalities. Demi has been an effective advocate for The Kindness Campaign, bringing friends to support projects and is currently the lead recruiter for The Kindness Campaign’s Race Team for the 2018 Race Against Gun Violence, Chicago largest race against violence.

 

Demi is a long-time resident of Chicago, seasoned in supporting community initiatives over the years including projects with Greek American Rehabilitation & Care Centre, Habitat for Humanity and PanHellenic Scholarship Fund.  

 

Demi is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago Magna Cum Laude and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Demi is currently an Analyst at Northwestern University where she is playing an integral role in developing fundraising strategies to meet a $500M capital campaign goal.

 

We honor Demitra as the May 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree for her leadership, dedication and passion to serve as a community leader, contributor and role model.  

May 2018 Honoree

Kelvin L Brown, Jr

The Kindness Campaign believes that the practice of kindness needs a major reboot, so we can make real progress toward addressing chronic challenges in the community, including health. Access to healthy, fresh food has been “out of reach”, and still is, in many communities. For this this reason, Kelvin L Brown, Jr. is being honored as the April 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree.

Since 2016, Kelvin has exemplified a person from the community that, despite not having much time because of other commitments, finding a way to make an impact through his place of employment.

Kelvin, a Closing Manager, has been a leader at Pret A Manger, an organizational partner of The Kindness Campaign, in ensuring that healthy, fresh food (salad, sandwiches, soup, fruit, etc.) is packaged and ready for delivery to people that live on the streets, in shelters and visitors of community organizations. He always inquires about where the food is going and asking what else can be done to help.

Kelvin grew up on the south side of Chicago in the Englewood community. Kelvin is a graduate of Harper High School. Kelvin explains that his upbringing in the Englewood community, witnessing poverty, homelessness and food deserts daily, inspires him to be a leader in ensuring healthy, fresh food is delivered to people and communities without easy, sufficient access.

We honor Kelvin as the April 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Outstanding Member Honoree for his leadership, dedication and passion to while embracing being a community leader, contributor and role model.

April 2018 Honoree

Kim B Holmes

All are called, but only a few answer the call to be a positive social influence. One of the few is Kim B Holmes. Kim B Holmes has been a very generous supporter of several initiatives and played a huge role in the Kindness In Doing (KID) 1st Annual Back To School Excite Party.

Kim B. Holmes is a resident of the South Loop and in addition to her job as a IT Director at Discover Financial Services, she is also founder and Executive Director of Life Quilt Foundation.

Ms. Holmes is a passionate champion for diversity and creating inclusive schools and workplaces. She actively seeks to place women and people of color in technology jobs and mentors with Junior Achievement, Big Brothers Big Sisters and a number of tech entrepreneurs.

We honor Ms. Holmes for making significant contributions through their time, actions, talents and dedication.

March 2018 Honoree

Shavonne Stephenson

The Kindness Campaign is grateful that February 2018 Making A Difference Through Kindness Honoree, Shavonne Stephenson, has been an Outstanding Member for over 3 years!

 

Shavonne, a current nursing student at Northern Illinois University (NIU), makes time to contribute to the community despite all the distractions of being an honor student and young lady.  She is the eldest sibling of her family, and frequently brings her pre-teen brother to events, serving as a role model for her family and the community. Shavonne has demonstrated a commitment to working to make a difference in the civic life of the community, and has developed a combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference.

 

Shavonne grew up on the southside of Chicago before moving to the south suburbs as a teenager, finishing Thornridge High School in 2015. She is a long-time member of Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago, IL.

 

Thank you, Shavonne, for bringing your energy, enthusiasm and passion for service to The Kindness Campaign!

February 2018 Honoree

Diane Brown

Our inaugural honoree, for January 2018, is Diane Brown, an Outstanding Member. To the community she is known as Ms. Brown. Ms. Brown has been a “day 1” member of The Kindness Campaign which has included participation on several projects, resource development and being
a strong advocate.


Ms. Brown is a lifelong Chicagoan and resident of the Woodlawn community. Ms. Brown is also a member of St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church, Kim-Lawn (a community collaboration), South Oakwood-Brookhaven Neighborhood Organization and Antonio’s Response, a strategic violence
intervention and prevention movement.


Ms. Brown has been very active in the community plays a huge role in organizing and mentoring youth. 

 

We honor Ms. Brown for possessing a big heart and being committed to building healthy and safe communities through community service, stewardship and supporting people in their roles as leaders.

January 2018 Honoree

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