Keys to Kindness wouldn’t be able to accomplish what we do without our amazing Kindness Crew. Our Kindness Crew is made up of volunteers who have committed time to our mission. They consistently give not only of their time but their hearts to share ideas and ways for Keys to Kindness to connect and make an impact in the community.
Colin is the inspiration behind Keys to Kindness. His compassion for others and wanting to help another student in need helped Keys to Kindness come to fruition. Colin is a Freshman in High School with straight A’s. He is a Boy Scout working on his Eagle requirements. He is involved in NJHS, Student Ambassadors, and loves working with kids with special needs. He is extremely thoughtful and wants to help others. He has volunteered on many projects for Keys to Kindness and other community organizations. Colin loves the community outreach and people he gets to meet through Keys to Kindness. His time helping with Keys to Kindness Social Media helps us greatly.
Lindsey is a freshman in college. She is deciding whether or not to pursue a career in engineering or medicine. She is extremely smart and has a heart of gold. She has a special love for kids and the elderly. Lindsey sees a need and wants to help fill it. She has such loyalty and love for her family. Lindsey helped set up Keys to Kindness, Gifts & Gatherings from the ground up as well as organize and lead Kind Camp for the past two years. She volunteers her time at Keys to Kindness, Gifts & Gatherings each week to help with customers and planning events. Lindsey loves connecting with the people she gets to meet and likes being able to be involved in helping with our community kind causes.
Sue is a former New Yorker in the Tampa Bay Area for almost six years now. One day at the nail salon she met Sharri Founder of Keys to Kindness, and she said that day changed her life. She said she was looking for something to not only fill her time but feed her soul. K2K became that place for her. Daily interactions with customers and being involved with the community with various fundraisers, spreading and promoting kindness are just a few of things she loves doing with K2K. In her spare time, she loves being with her family, cooking, traveling, and going to concerts. Sue is a people person and making a difference!
Stephanie is happily married to her husband & says she has the greatest privilege of being “Mom” to their beautiful 13 yo daughter and their four-legged son. She enjoys most any type of art, doing anything creative and has a whole room in her home dedicated to such! She loves to decorate, to give gifts (esp homemade ones) and to make things beautiful. Stephanie believes that God gave her a pretty big heart made to help and love on others. When she met Sharri -Founder of Keys to Kindness at the store’s grand opening, she said she just knew she was meant to be a part of her mission to make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time. Stephanie is doing just that!
Melissa is a new resident of Florida relocating from Arizona this past July 2018. She has spent the last 18 years working as a music teacher in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. Melissa graduated in 2000 from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education and recently graduated from Grand Canyon University in October 2018 with her Master’s in Educational Administration. She currently teaches Kindergarten through 5 th grade general music at Seven Springs Elementary School in Pasco County. Melissa loves being a mom to Evan and Ella. In her spare time, she loves to be a crafter. She is always up to a new challenge when it comes to crafting and will attempt anything that is asked, “When there is a will, there is a way”! Her favorite quote and philosophy in life is, “Have a big enough heart to love unconditionally, and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make each of us unique.” -D. B. Harrop
Keith Gilkes is a resident of Hillsborough County in Lutz, Florida with his wife, Rosario, and two children, Conner and Cristian. An avid golfer and graduate from the University of Tampa, Keith enjoys hosting fundraising events for special needs children and many other community enrichment programs. Keith has close ties to local schools and several ESE Programs supporting children on the Autism Spectrum as well as other mental and physical handicaps. Several of the fundraising events he hosted with his wife, Rosario, produced augmented reality learning environments, handicap and ESE accessible playgrounds, sensory-specific technology, and many other products specifically designed to help special needs students thrive. Keith has a life mission to put smiles on the faces of special needs children and give voices to the voiceless. Keith has been in the electronics distribution industry for over 20 years in supply chain and operations capacities as well as the digital dentistry and medical manufacturing industries. As a member of the Keys to Kindness Crew, Keith will strive to spread community kindness in any way possible and is honored to be a part of this special organization!