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The Honey Foundation Interview With Voyage Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaime and Justin Clarke.

Jaime and Justin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?

The Honey Foundation is a Goodyear, Arizona based non-profit with a mission of making the world a better place through random acts of kindness. The Honey Foundation was founded by Justin and Jaime Clarke in 2012 in memory of one of the founders, Justin Clarke’s identical twin brother. Justin Clarke explains how the idea behind the nonprofit started…

“Every Mother’s Day, my twin brother Scott would give the cashier at Starbucks’s cash and roses, asking the clerk to please use the cash to pay for every mother’s coffee-including a rose- until his money ran out. He didn’t ask for recognition or repayment of any type. His only wish was that the receivers would soon pay it forward, too.

On Mother’s Day 2011, our mother went to Starbuck’s to by a coffee. After ordering, she found that someone else had already paid for her coffee, and then received a rose. While waiting on her drink, our mother asked, “Who on Earth could have done such a kind deed?” The answer: her own son, Scott Thomas Clarke.

Sadly, June 3, 2011, Scott passed away at age 29. “During the eulogy at Scott’s Funeral, I was able to share his amazing story about kindness and giving back to local women on Mother’s Day, “ Justin says. “Surprisingly, his story inspired more kindness as a group of his friends collected hundreds of dollars to pay it forward on Father’s day, in Scott’s honor, at the same Starbucks that Scott did a month earlier.” To help with the grieving process, Justin and Jaime also paid forward random acts of kindness in Scott’s honor.

We felt that there should be a place for individuals who want to share their kindness in the community. A special place to pay it forward and inspire others to do the same. An idea was born, and we started designing the world’s first Pay It Forward Tracking Software. So, a new charitable organization, The Honey Foundation, was born. This is how it works: participant sign up for a Honeybee ID when they join the foundation, they act kindly toward a stranger, then give the stranger their Honeybee ID on a sicker, card or pen, and ask them to pay it forward to another person and register the kind act online to inspire others. This provides a domino effect of kind acts that can be tracked.

During our mission to inspire others to BEE Kind with their stories that are being tracked and recorded on our website, we noticed that the youth in our community were having a hard time understanding the concept. We were approached by local educators to teach Kindness to scholars at local schools. Then The Honey Foundation’s Kindness Education Program was born!

With this spirit of optimism, we at The Honey Foundation want to “pollinate” the world with kindness. We educate the youth and their families, so they can in turn inspire others in our community and around the world, to perform acts of kindness. We BEE-lieve the world receives hope through kindness. Every member of our “hive” is a part of a global colony of do-gooders who prove daily that no matter how big the problem s of the world may seem, anyone of us can make a difference. All we have to do is take the time to show love, appreciation, and kindness to others. Like Honey, Kindness never spoils.

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