Founded in 2018, Kits for Peace was developed out of recognizing the need for organizational kits that include items that are easy to make, easy to hand out, and are beneficial to use. Since then, we have made and distributed more than 10,000 bags.
We have also began enabling other organizations to apply this model to help people in need in other countries, especially in the time of a global pandemic like COVID-19.
The kits start with bags that have previously been sewn by refugee women and/or community members in the greater Seattle area. Once sewn or bought, the kits are assembled by volunteers and local organizations.
Assembled and ready to go, the kits are given to community members and shelters for folks who might be in need. This means that from beginning to end, the bags provide empowerment to people.
Nickhath Sheriff is the Founder and CEO of Seattle-based nonprofit, MCRC (Muslim Community Resource Center). She has 30+ years of experience with nonprofits, serves on the Board of Directors for Hopelink ,has been on the Leadership Eastside's steering committee and has helped develop the Bellevue Backpack Meals and Cultural Conversation programs. Nickhath puts her passion and energy for public service towards Kits for Peace and is responsible for strategic planning and policy development. She has been instrumental in shaping Kits for Peace from the ground up and has overseen the organization's substantial growth since its inception in 2016.
Nabrath is a young leader who is passionate about making a difference in her community. She began Kits for Peace in 2017 after recognizing the dire need for hygiene kits for people experiencing homelessness. Nabrath runs day-to-day operations for the organization and makes sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. Other than her nonprofit work, she is also a student at the University of Washington, pursuing a degree in law, economics, and public policy.
Henna joined Kits for Peace in June of 2020 and is very determined to help those in need. She is currently a sophomore in college and is pursuing a degree in Marketing and Advertising. She spends her time doing calligraphy, baking, and binge-watching TV shows such as "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Office."
DeeDee Lowe Jacobsen grew up in Bellevue, WA, and is the driving force behind Kits for Peace's outreach programs. She has led numerous community outreach humanitarian projects with a particular emphasis on refugee support. She partners with nonprofit organizations to expand her reach and recruits others along the way in the projects she leads. DeeDee thrives on creating ways for people to come together and building bridges of empathy and understanding in communities.