Making the World Better, One Kindness at a Time

Announcing, Liz Buechele of New York City and Silas Scauzillo of Rockledge, Florida, Winners of the Matt Kurtz Kindness Award.

Liz Buechelle and Silas Scauzillo have each been awarded the Matt Kurtz Kindness Award for making kindness a way of life.  They are an inspiration to all for their selfless acts of kindness and wonderful sense of compassion.  This award recognizes people for the good that they do, whether it’s big acts of kindness or through everyday small acts.

Liz Buechele embraces that philosophy, not only does she do random acts of kindness on a daily basis, but she has a program for high school and college students encouraging them to form clubs that do acts of kindness in their communities. We see her compassion exponentially rippling out in the world.

Here are some of the comments written about Liz:

Liz started The Smile Project, a nonprofit organization that spreads happiness through random acts of kindness and raising awareness of ways that individuals can become more present in the world, positively impacting their loved ones and strangers that they interact with throughout the course of everyday life.

Liz started SPARK clubs as a branch of The Smile Project. SPARK (Strengthening Positivity and Reinforcing Kindness) clubs have been started at six high schools and colleges in their communities by students with the help of Liz, allowing them to learn valuable leadership skills and better their communities with acts of kindness and service.

Liz embarked on a 55-day cross-country road trip with the goal of the road trip (named the “Kindness Always Tour”) being to start with a service project in one city that would then be brought to the aid of an organization of the next city, who would do the same for the organization in the next destination, and so on.

Liz is such a selfless and service-minded individual, and it brings me joy to see how much happiness and kindness she brings to everyone she comes into contact with.  Her love for humanity radiates like the sun on a summer day.

Liz is exactly who the Matt Kurtz Kindness Award is meant for.

Silas Scuazillo, is only 9 years old, and the other Matt Kurtz Kindness Award winner.  Silas won this award for his everyday acts of kindness, for the way he works to promote acceptance of everyone in spite of differences and for his newest project, to get a friendship bench installed at the local elementary school.

There were over 60 nominations, just for Silas, people who were so inspired by him, they wrote about why he should win the award.

Here are some of the comments written about Silas:

Silas is 9 years old and started a Kindness Squad a few years ago, which now has quite a few members from various states. It began as a way to sprinkle kindness and pay it forward while spreading Down syndrome awareness in honor of his baby sister, Gianna. He began to realize the power of acceptance and kindness and was driven to make a difference. 

Silas is always thinking of ways to spread kindness to the community and expects nothing in return. He works tirelessly to promote acceptance of everybody, no matter if they have different abilities.  

Silas is a young man who donates his time and energy to good causes and has a deep well of compassion.  He is a tireless warrior for those in need.

Silas started his own campaign for Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).  He is on a mission. He started this campaign in school and has grown not only with students in his school but also teachers, staff, and parents.  He has had cards printed, which he hands out when doing a RAK. Even just holding a door open, picking up something that fell, a kind word exchanged, Silas would go to a Dollar store and buy items, using his own money, which he would then leave with his RAK card at a park, playground, etc.

Silas is a friend to every child he meets and an advocate for those who are different. Silas works hard to make sure everyone is included and shows kindness toward all.

Silas is a kindness ambassador, his focus is doing Random Acts of Kindness around his community. His current project is placing Buddy Benches around his school to promote acceptance, friendship, and anti-bullying.  He has a vision to help promote inclusion, eliminate loneliness and create friendships.  

Silas and Liz each received a certificate of appreciation and a $250 check in acknowledgment of their outstanding kindness and compassion.  They make our world a better place.

This award is given in honor of Matt Kurtz, of Boulder, CO, (1985-2017), a young man whose personal philosophy was to live an honorable, compassionate and nonjudgmental life.  To give for the sake of giving, to expect nothing in return, to be aware of the world around him and to step in to help others without being asked whenever he saw the need.  Matt believed in the ripple effect of a simple act of kindness – like a pebble dropped in water, it goes on and on.  You can find out more about how Matt lived his life, examples of his many acts of kindness, big and small, and why this award was created on

The next Matt Kurtz Kindness Award will be given out on November 1, 2019.

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Jackie Kurtz is a blogger who is on a mission to make the world better, one kindness at a time. When her son died tragically, she started a kindness website and blog as a tribute to him. In his 32 years he impacted more lives than most people do in a lifetime. Her favorite quote is, “Even if we disagree about everything, we can still be kind to each other.” – Matthew L. Jacobson You can connect with Jackie on her website or through email.

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