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Everyday Heroes

Every year MOHAI recognizes Everyday Heroes, the people and organizations who make our community stronger.

The program began in 2020 as our region—and the rest of the world—struggled with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The honorees are individuals and organizations that have impacted our city, our nation, or our collective quality of life. They created positive change through their innovative ways of thinking and taking action in our community.

Seen here are some of our 2020 Everyday Heroes from Harborview Medical Center, working on the Mobile Testing Program during the early part of the COVID 19 pandemic.

MOHAI is a proud contributor to the Pacific Northwest, and we are stronger because of all the amazing people who support our community, every day. In gratitude and recognition, we honor our region’s Everyday Heroes at our annual History Makers Gala

Nominate an Everyday Hero

Everyone is invited to nominate an Everyday Hero during the annual spring nomination period. Submit your Everyday Hero nomination using the link below now through June 15, 2022.

A selection committee including community members, MOHAI staff and members of the MOHAI Board of Trustees reviews and selects the award winners.

Everyday Heroes receive a special honorarium and recognition at the annual MOHAI History Makers Gala.

Nominate an Everyday Hero


 

 

2021 Everyday Heroes

Katherine Kehrli – Community Loaves
Community Loaves started when Katherine Kehrli wanted to bake bread for her local food bank. It then expanded to an all-volunteer network of over 500 bakers, flour packers, drivers, and baker mentors. In 2020, they delivered over 8000 loaves of bread to local food pantries.




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Rita Zawaideh – Salaam Cultural Museum
Rita Zawaideh founded the Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM) to raise awareness of Arab American cultures and provide support to refugees and immigrants, both locally and internationally. She is a one-person community information center for the Arab community. Zawaideh has used her travel agency network to organize volunteer trips and donation drives for refugees in the Middle East and North Africa since the 1980s.




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2020 Everyday Heroes

To learn more about the 2020 Everyday Heroes, see details below.

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UW Medicine COVID-19 Equity Champions

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UW Medicine COVID-19 Equity Champions

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UW Medicine COVID-19 Equity Champions

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Feed the People with Seattle Community Kitchen Collective

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Feed the People with Seattle Community Kitchen Collective

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Feed the People with Seattle Community Kitchen Collective

2020 Everyday Heroes

Learn more about the individuals and organizations recognized by MOHAI in 2020.

Feed the People with Seattle Community Kitchen Collective

These chefs organized themselves very early on in the COVID-19 pandemic to provide free meals to all people in need of a hot meal. They combined resources to prepare hundreds of meals nearly every day.

 

Seattle Community Kitchen Collective consists of:

Damon Bomar and Chef Kristi Brown of That Brown Girl Cooks and Communion

Chef Tarik Abdullah, founder Feed the People

Melissa Miranda of Musang

Chera Amlag of Hood Famous Bakeshop

Cam Hanin of Guerrilla Pizza Kitchen

Guitar Srisuthiamorn of Sugar Hill

 

Omari Salisbury and Converge Media

As co-founder of Converge Media, a multifaceted production platform created to uplift Black media, Omari Salisbury is fully committed, driven, and open with his opinions. His passion is evident in his long-standing coverage of Seattle’s Central District and reporting on Black Lives Matter, the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) following George Floyd’s murder, and more.

 

UW Medicine COVID-19 Equity Champions: Dr. Lisa Chew, Martine Pierre-Louis, and Paula Houston

This group rose to the challenge of suppressing the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak with inventive, real-time solutions. They realized that serving everyone required a fully concerted effort between medical personnel and community outreach.

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