Handmade Teddy Bears for Hope

A Peacemaking Project by Nicole J.

What is the injustice we are solving?

So far we have donated almost 900 handmade teddy bears to children and teens experiencing hospitalization, homelessness, or eating disorders. Each teddy bear we donate is unique, just like the people we give them to. Personalized items help people remember that others care about them. We remind young people facing tough times that they are not alone.


Adrian B.
5 April 2018 14:16
Hi Nicole,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Adrian B.
29 March 2018 20:19
Hi Nicole,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!

Fish S. Peace First Staff
10 January 2018 17:30
Hi Nicole! Thanks for sharing your project. Your compassion and care for others really shines through! I love that you make the bears by hand -- it makes the gesture that more special, empowering, and healing.

What are your plans for the spring? How can we support you?
RaulPF C.
3 January 2018 10:06
Hi Nicole. Thanks for the additional details! If you copy and paste this link after being logged in: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/handmade-teddy-bears-hope/dashboard you will be able to follow the different steps to help you hopefully think about ways to continue making your project even stronger and also to be able to access up to $250 to support your work. We could also definitely share more about your project through our networks as you complete some of the different steps. Let us know if you have any questions!
Nicole J.
2 January 2018 11:39
We have an ambassador program where college students run bear-making events with clubs at their schools. Then, we donate all of the bears created! This requires lots of supplies. So, we are always looking for support with getting business to donate craft supplies.
RaulPF C.
2 January 2018 11:11
Thanks for sharing your project, Nicole! What are your current plans for your project? Any particular area where you would like some support?