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The mission of The Bench Project
Park Bench
is to inspire and nurture the human
spirit by enabling connection
through a shared experience, one
bench at a time.
The Bench Project
" This would be a great place for a bench. " At The Bench Project, our mission is to inspire and nurture the human spirit by enabling
connection through a shared experience, one bench at a time.
It all started in 2013 with 20 benches, as a celebration of 20 years of marriage. I placed each bench on our family farm with great
intention, choosing places with an inspiring view, peaceful surroundings or thought-provoking silence. I wanted to be sure that this
experience could live on, so I placed a journal and pen inside a weatherproof bag at each bench - allowing anyone who sat there
to share their own amazing experience.
The parts of The Bench Project are pretty simple: a bench, a book and a bag. Whether it's a physical book and bag at your favorite
bench, or a bench tag with a unique quick response (QR) code to connect you to the virtual journal, people all over the world can
share " bench moments " together. That's what it's all about: reflecting, connecting and being part of a shared experience. By sharing
your words and your story with our community, it'll lighten your load, connect you to gratitude, and inspire the next person who
sits on that same bench.
My vision for The Bench Project is a global presence with an app where people can find public benches all over the world. As part
of this vision, I see a wonderful partnership with local park and recreation agencies. Parks give us the opportunity to get outside and
enjoy nature. The Bench Project creates meaningful experiences outdoors for individuals and communities alike. Our ecosystem of
benches fosters a connection to the collective human experience.
My hope is that through The Bench Project we can gain connection and a return to something simple. Part of the healing experience
of sitting on a bench and participating in a shared journal is both sharing your story and reading the stories of the people who
sat before you. Whether you write about something beautiful that will inspire the next reader or something heavy you need to stop
carrying with you, either way, it feels good to leave it at the bench.
We will make an impact on our world, our communities and humanity, together.
Get outside to go inside. Come sit with us.
To learn more, visit thebenchproject.net, or find us on Instagram and Facebook @thebenchproj.
- Beth Romanowski, Founder of The Bench Project
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