Life Vest Inside

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Life Vest Inside
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FounderOrly Wahba
TypeNon-profit organization
Area served

Life Vest Inside (LVI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit grassroots organization based in New York City.

Life Vest Inside acts to prevent social issues such as bullying, depression, and substance abuse from materializing by taking a proactive approach.

LVI has been featured on The Today Show,[1] NBC,[2] CBS,[3] Bloomberg Television,[4] Forbes,[5] AdWeek,[6] IBTimes[7] and many other media outlets.[8]

As a non-profit, LVI runs solely on the donations and contributions of its supporters.


Orly Wahba is an educator, entrepreneur, and community activist. In 2011, Orly founded Life Vest Inside, with the goal to empower and unite through the power of kindness. Through Life Vest Inside, Orly encourages people to embrace the incredible power of giving and recognize that in times of hardship, kindness, like a life vest, keeps the world afloat.

LVI gained international acclaim when Orly’s award-winning short film Kindness Boomerang[9] went viral, reaching over 80 million people and counting; landing her a spot to speak at TED2013[10] on the magic of kindness.

Orly frequently tours giving talk at schools, college campuses, companies and organizations that are interested in incorporating a culture of kindness in their establishments. She is represented by the MacMillan Speakers Bureau.[11]

Orly Wahba received her Bachelor’s Degree from Brooklyn College in Film Production and English. She also received a Master’s Degree in Jewish History from Touro College. In November 2012 Orly was elected to the International Council of the World Kindness Movement.[12][13] She is currently working on publishing her book, a Guide to Kindness through MacMillan publishers.

Film and Media[edit]

In October 2011, Life Vest Inside posted a video called "Kindness Boomerang".[9] Masterfully shot all in one take, it shows a chain reaction of random kindness, as strangers are helped—and then help others—through a bustling cityscape. Kindness Boomerang was shot on September 1, 2010.

Revolution of Love: released November 13, 2015 set to LVI’s original song Revolution of Love in which a struggling musician utilizes his talents to help a homeless man find hope in a time of despair.[14]

Dance for Kindness[edit]

In 2012, Life Vest Inside initiated Dance For Kindness, a WorldWide event in celebration of World Kindness Day. Groups from across the globe join together to perform a Kindness Freezmob/Flashmob to the same song, same dance, all happening on the same day. The purpose of Dance for Kindness is to show that regardless of the differences in race, religion, ethnicity culture and background — the common thread that ties us together is kindness.

The Dance for Kindness flagship location is in the heart of NYC, Times Square.

In 2015, several Celebrity Ambassadors joined Life Vest Inside including:

Dance for Kindness Stats:

  • 2012: 15 Countries, 30 cities, 3,500 participants
  • 2013: 25 countries, 30 cities, 5,000 participants[17]
  • 2014: 30 countries, 80 cities, 10,000 participants[18]
  • 2015: 50 countries, 100 cities, 12,000+ participants

DFK Group Leaders: Each city is run by LVI fans that sign up to become a Group Leader in their region. Group Leaders organize the events under the guidance and leadership of Life Vest Inside.


  1. ^ a b "Hoda Kotb dances to kick off the Season of Kindness", Today, November 16, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "Life Vest Inside’s 4th Annual Dance for Kindness" Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, NBC New York, November 5, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  3. ^ William Goodman, "Watch how an act of kindness can spread amongst people", CBS News, December 22, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "What a Flash Mob Can Teach Us About Business", Bloomberg Business, December 26, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Helaina Hovitz, "The Social Good Network: Where 11,000 Entrepreneurs Go To Grow", Forbes, December 8, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Tim Nudd, "A tiny NYC nonprofit delivers one of the great feel-good spots of 2011", AdWeek, December 20, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  7. ^ David Magee, "Life Vest Inside: The Kindness Boomerang Revealed", International Business Times, December 22, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "Life Vest Inside - Press" Archived 2016-01-19 at the Wayback Machine, Life Vest Inside, November 10, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Kindness Boomerang". YouTube/Life Vest Inside. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  10. ^ "TED Talk - Kindness - Orly Wahba", Youtube/TED Conferences. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "Orly Wahba - MacMillan Speakers Bureau", MacMillan Speakers. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "About Us | The World Kindness Movement", World Kindness Movement. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "WKM 3rd International Council Meeting Hong Kong 2013", Facebook/World Kindness Movement. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "Life Vest Inside - Revolution of Love". YouTube/Life Vest Inside. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Peter Scolari of HBO's "Girls" and Fox's "Gotham" challenges 'bosom buddy' Tom Hanks to Dance for Kindness", GlobaNewswire, September 27, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  16. ^ "SUNDAY INTERVIEW with Rachel Marie Thomas", Jenny Burgartz, November 1, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "One Day, One Dance, One Heart! (DFK2013)", Youtube/Life Vest Inside, June 20, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  18. ^ "Official Dance for Kindness 2014 (Worldwide Montage)", Youtube/Life Vest Inside, May 1, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2016.