Each week we feature people like you! To remind us of the good stuff in life, that the smallest things can make the biggest impact and that change starts with you.
Know someone focusing on good self care? Being neighborly and gives back to the community? Makes the roomer a brighter and the planet greener? Is dedicated to deepening their financial intelligence or being philanthropic? Nominate a Kindness Warrior to feature here?
October 16: Truck of Plenty
Food is often at the center of family time, making memories with friends and foundational to our health and wellbeing. Truck of Plenty 's mission is to feed those in need in the Greater Seattle area. Helping some of most vulnerable community members have access to nutritious food and provide information about other social services such as medical, housing, jobs or job training.
October 9th: DAWN
We can’t say enough to honor and thank DAWN the work they do is hard and so critical for the health of the people they serve and the future of our communities. “DAWN protects women and children from domestic abuse, providing shelter, support and empowerment so they can build secure and happy lives.” With their team of dedicated staff and volunteers they lead toward “the vision of a violence-free future”.
August 27: Megan Wagstaff
Megan Wagstaff, founder of Lady Yum, is a mission driven woman. She has given the community and her employees, fun places to be with friends and enjoy delicious macarons. One of the many reasons Megan is a Kindness Warrior is how she treats her employees - like family and her efforts to build Suicide Awareness. Megan is a long time supported of Girls Giving Back, the community and all those who surround here.
August 21: Maya Ohayon
This lovely soul, is a warrior of health, self-care and overall a bright shining gift to this planet. Maya Ohayon (@sickgirleats) has been sharing about her journey with Lyme disease on her blog, Instagram and Be Kind 5. Her ability to reach out and connect through all of the pain, challenges and share wins - inspires us all!
Thanks for being your authentic self and sharing your journey💕 check out her Instagram at @sickgirleats
July 24: Meenakshi Sinha
Over the last 2.5 years, Meenakshi Sinha vision for giving back, formally known as The Giving Canvas has produced more than 100 paintings. These original works of art have been auctioned and almost $45,000 has been raised for various good causes. Meenakshi reminds that when passion and purpose align we can create a huge impact! Thank you Meenakshi you are an inspirational leader.
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July 17: Way Back Inn
Way Back Inn’s mission is to “help fight the homeless crisis in our communities by providing low income & homeless families with resources to get them on the path to permanent housing. We provide a safe home for their children so they can focus on getting back on their feet. And we strive to prevent families from becoming homeless by offering utility & rental assistance.”
To learn more about the vital resources they provide visit their website www.way-back-inn.org
June 26: Michelle Williams-Clark
Michelle’s formal titles range from Board Member of the Bellevue Family YMCA to Clinical Social Worker and Consultant on many council/initiatives. She is also a mother, friend and passionate community member tirelessly working on behalf of youth in the community.
Spend more than 15 minutes with Michelle and she is guaranteed to offer encouragement and support; as well inquire about your next steps making sure you know that you can always achieve your goals!
YOU, Michelle, are phenomenal.
June 19: Anita Alokolaro
Anita Alokolaro was an incredible, giving, hard working social worker through out many Seattle shelters including Hopelink and Solid Ground for over 30 years. Her leadership and capacity for giving continues to inspire others; even after her passing in 2016.
Girl’s Giving Back awards a local community member each year, named after Anita, to recognize folks who give back in a big way.
Thank you Anita for your dedication and perseverance, in serving those who needed it the most.
June 5: Cassidy Huff
This weeks Kindness Warrior is the Girls Giving Back 2019 Anita Alokolaro award winner and singer song writer Cassidy Huff. Seventeen year-old, Cassidy, has a very rare disability that has resulted in her having 42 surgeries but that hasn’t stopped her from being a powerful Kindness Warrior.
Cassidy is a very active member of the community and was named Burien’s Citizen of the Year in 2016! She earned this honor by noticing a need at her middle school and fundraising on her own for iPads to support fellow classmates she was tutoring that were non-verbal.
She has performed on many stages all over the world for a variety of causes. Including Dolby Theater in LA, Lincoln Center in NYC and even in London. She spends much of her free time actively giving back to Seattle Children’s, Make A Wish foundation and various other causes.
May 22: F Factor & Ruby Room
This Kindness Warrior Wednesday shout out goes to F Factor and the Ruby Room for their continued to support of foster and at risk youth in the Puget Sound area and we will continue to share their missions. Empower youth through fashion.
April 24: Jessica Dahl
Jessica Dahl is dedicated to serving the community and uses her passion to ignite fellow Kindness Warriors to do the same. In May of 2015 she and fellow warriors founded the Beyond Projects and by September 2015 they served over 4,000 individuals including men, women and children with over 5500 haircuts and other beauty services, with over 500 volunteers, and worked with over 20 non-profit agencies.
The Beyond Project Los Angeles launched in September 2016 and partnered with LA Youth Network and Freedom & Fashion. Shorlty after the Beyond Projects in Chicago in October 2017 and international Beyond Projects in Spring & Fall of 2017.
In short she is a powerhouse.
Just this year she released her book -Lead Your Whole Life. The book was inspired by her journey running a non-profit “having a non profit I poured my life into and trying to do my best to love and please others, I, myself was depleted, tired and running on empty. It was hard to keep my head above water because I found myself wanting to be ‘everything to everyone”.
May 15: Cocoon House
More than 34% of the total homeless population is under the age of 24. Cocoon House is a non-profit that conducts outreach to, and provides short and long term housing for homeless and at-risk young people, including their children. Parents of teens can also find support for themselves and their families at Cocoon House so that young people do not become homeless.
April 10: The Settle Family
Jim is an Air Force Special Operations veteran. His job in the military was to save lives during combat in Afghanistan as well as search and rescue in Alaska. He received a Purple Heart during his deployment. Shannon jumped into their marriage, after Jim was medically retired, taking on an extra role as a wife in addition to her role as Jim's caregiver to make sure he receives the best care for his injuries. She also stepped up as a stepmom striving to be a positive mother role model for Jim's son, James. James is a happy 10 year old with a gigantic heart and witty sense of humor who genuinely cares about others and aims to do good in the world.
Together this family values spending quality time with one another. Including their two dogs and two cats. Life has taught them that the only thing guaranteed is today, therefore they focus on making the most of it.
Giving back to family, friends and community is important to The Settle's. They feel blessed by the love and support they have received, especially during times of struggle getting back up on their feet when life pushed them down. Whether it be helping their neighbor out of their driveway when snowed in, watching a friend's child when they no one else can or volunteering with the local nursery to plant new trees, their goal is to pay forward kindness.
May 8: Solid Ground
Solid Ground believes poverty is solvable and it is inspirational!
Combining direct services with community-based advocacy. Working to support individuals and undo racism and other oppressions that create barriers – so everyone can achieve their full potential.
April 3: Pam & Emma Bolig
When Pam Bolig's daughter Emma was 3, they started attending a Co-Op preschool together and over the next 3 years they both enjoyed how much the village and community became a part of their lives. This environment fostered kindness for others and helped kids begin to look at the world around them with greater awareness. During that time Emma once saw a homeless encampment while driving and at that moment declared that when she grew up she would build homes for those who didn't have them and she would also create art to go in them to make the people happy. This made Pam, who is an Architect and Artist, so happy to see her daughter connect the dots of love. Just a few short years later Emma's dream has begun it's journey has they both have been able to create art to help with the Girls Giving Back shelter projects and they have seen their fund raising efforts come full circle to help hands on to decorate a shelter home for a single Mom with 2 young children. Empathy for others and the earth, spending as much time as possible in nature, sharing love through art and creating community are things that bring them joy. They are both excited to become Kindness Warriors with Be Kind 5 and to explore more ways to connect and give back.
March 27: Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
This amazing organization make giving back to the planet simple, fun and informative. Their website has lots of easy ways to get involved and the day of staff are great about teaching you all the tricks to the trade. “The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature.” Visit their website to learn more about how to get involved.
March 20: Wild Wolf Mama & the Cubs
The power is in the pack Kindness Warriors! It's Kindness Warrior Wednesday and this week we are excited to recognize Wild Wolf Mama and her pack of cubs. This pack makes a huge paw print on their community, planet and the lives of all they meet. Volunteering, mobilizing their families in philanthropy, leaving words of encouragement tucked in library books and so much more.
Thank you for being you! Thank you for all you do!
March 13: Kaitlyn
As a teenager, I feel like I have a unique perspective on kindness. My generation is generally regarded as very apathetic and unaware of the world around us, but really it's the opposite. We are at such a pivotal point in our lives and we know acutely what it feels like to not experience kindness, so we are more apt to give it than most people want to acknowledge. That's why my organization is entirely youth-led.
My nonprofit, Tomorrow's Warriors, is dedicated to changing the way society perceives disability. And at its core, my mission is to spread kindness and empathy. Through school and just being out and about, I have seen the flaws in the way we think about disability. It makes me sick to see people I care about treated with such a lack of kindness because of something that society deems undesirable. I decided I needed to do something about it, and that's how Tomorrow’s Warriors came to be.
March 6: Kalika
Our Kindness Warrior this week is Kalika, "Humble" is her middle name, Curry, co-founder of the Be Kind 5 movement. Kalika Curry is a vessel of love, kindness and giving back. She is a mom, beyond dedicated to raising her 3 kids, inspiring them in her everyday life. Her kindness warrior mission is to show them how to use their voice, advocating for things they love and leaving things better than you found them.
This Kindness Warrior co-created Be Kind 5 movement to make this world a better place and we love having her on Team BK5!
February 27: Stephanie
This Warrior does amazing work as a volunteer for Wayback Inn & Girls Giving Back (GGB). Her contributions are thoughtful, unique in addressing the individual needs of families and our community.
We interviewed Stephanie and this is what she had to say:
"Kindness to strangers~ I noticed someone in a car handing out a sandwich to someone standing on a corner with a sign asking for help. Seeing someone be kind in their way also inspires others. It inspired me to put a few things together for when I see an opportunity. One small blanket rolled with a comb, hand warmers, poncho & granola bar was what I decided on for winter. A small box in the car holds these items and they are easy to grab and pass out quickly. Caring doesn’t have to be cash. Thoughtfulness is connecting and saying even though I may not know how to help you, I care. Kindness counts."
February 20: Mary
It's Kindness Warrior Wednesday! We want to shout out Mary Pratt Rackers. Thank you for giving back, being generous and intentional. We appreciate you!
During this year's Snowmaggedon Mary rolled up her sleeves and shoveled snow for her neighbors. It took some effort and the return was even bigger.
Get out there today and make your neighborhood a safer place.