Compassionate Community Forum 2018
Poor People's Campaign Teach-In:
A National Call for Moral Revival

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Monroe Street United Methodist Church 3613 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43606

Greater Toledo Compassionate Community, an Initiative of the MultiFaith Council, will hold a Poor People’s Campaign Teach-in. Local organizer Melissa Jeter and others will present the issues. Together we will explore ways that we can learn about and participate in the important issue of poverty.

We will use music, visuals, partner displays, storytelling, crafting, and speakers to share the issues of poverty in our state and country. Facebook Event

Compassion Games 2018

Global Unity Games - Building Bridges - Sept. 8 - 23

Over sixty groups signed up to be a part of our team. Some groups reported more than one game. Some of our former big events had dates outside the Games window this year. We had fewer volunteers, but almost as many volunteer hours. People served estimate is more accurate as only Clean Your Streams and Metro Parks were counted as serving the entire county. Money collected is up this year. Congratulations to all players. You are WINNERS!

Click the Games section for our totals and a collage of the games.

16th Annual MultiFaith Banquet: Countering Hate with Compassion

The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, 25877 Scheider Road Perrysburg, Ohio 43551


Greater Toledo Compassion Games 2016: Volunteers - 7,966
Volunteer Hours - 26,699
People Served - 18,897 (some organizations served entire county which is 500,000 people - 466,000 last census)

Of 91 global teams we were 1st in number of volunteers, 2nd in number of volunteer hours, 11th in number of people served and 7th ($70,415) of the 20 groups that raised money.

2015: We are winners!  Volunteers/Players - 8,553 Hours Served - 30,623 People Served - 957,625 Money Raised - $36,070.57

Local Leaderboard is available at; Poster of local games at

Thanks for playing so well! Global results will be available at by Oct. 5

October 7, 2015 1-5 PM Compassionate Housing Forum at United Way

Co-sponsored by the MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio / Greater Toledo Compassionate Community,
United Way of Greater Toledo, ProMedica, Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board
Toledo Area Alliance to End Homelessness [TAAEH], Trinity Episcopal Church, 1Matters
St. Paul’s Community Center, John Pettigrew, Tony Gallagher

Housing Forum Brainstorming Ideas Here

Mayor D. Michael Collins at Government Center - Mayor Collins signs after Paula and Tina
Official Designation Signing Ceremony April 25, 2014

Mayor D. Michael Collins, Toledo City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson, and Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak signed the Charter for Compassion. The Compassion team received a letter of endorsement from TMACOG [Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.  Bob Lynn, Jr. read a congratulatory letter from United States Senator Sherrod Brown.  Greater Toledo and NW Ohio is officially a Compassionate Community to join the growing international movement of Compassionate Cities. 

The designation is a long-range commitment to our goals to highlight compassionate organizations and individuals in our community and to encourage and facilitate collaborative solutions to critical issues.

Signing Ceremony Photos

Compassionate Networking Convention

Almost ninety compassion provider displays at SeaGate Convention Centre on April 25, from noon to 8 PM, showcased their compassionate contributions to our community.  Displays were placed in sectors of similar focus - faith-based, food sufficiency, housing, health, education, youth, employment, justice, and care.  Many display hosts commented that they had wonderful networking experiences.

There were also eight breakouts on Hunger and health, media support of compassionate community, housing, fundraising, education, youth meet & greet, mental health and addiction, and human trafficking.  Several of these very educational panels were taped by WGTE Knowledgestream.

Convention Photos.
Compassionate Networking Convention Evaluation Results

13th Annual MultiFaith Banquet

The designation ceremonies concluded with the 13th Annual MultiFaith Banquet held sunday, April 27, at the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University.  Tom Williams of Compassionate Louisville welcomed us into the global compassionate cities with a charge to carry it forward in helping other city campaigns.  Fr. Jim Bacik gave the keynote address.  He counseled that we are a Compassionate Community to become a Compassionate Community.  Our work is just beginning.

Banquet Photos     Fr. Bacik Keynote


Charter for Compassion

The Charter for Compassion was envisioned by Karen Armstrong, author of many interfaith books, in her 2008 TED acceptance speech.  Her wish was that the faith leaders of the world would acknowledge their core common value of compassion in a simple document.  The response was phenomenal.  The resulting document was unveiled in November 2009.

Greater Toledo's Designation story on the Charter for Compassion site. 

Compassionate Cities

Seattle was the first Compassionate City, in honor of the Charter for Compassion.  They celebrated the designation with a two-day, city-wide event and an ongoing campaign to encourage other compassionate cities.

Greater Toledo and NW Ohio Compassionate Community