I’ve always had trouble saying “no.” And this time of year really tests me.
Today I was asked at the grocery check-out, “do you want to make a donation to veteran’s care?” (Insert guilty smile and “no, sorry, not today.”) This was shortly after receiving an email asking if I could sponsor a local family’s Thanksgiving meal. There was also: Will you help purchase a local family’s Christmas gifts? Can you send in a dish for the preschool Thanksgiving lunch? Will you help your mom’s group plan, make and serve a meal at a community food pantry? Will you donate money or time to create and deliver gifts to a local nursing home? Can you please buy items from an area medical center’s Amazon wishlist? Will you donate to your relative’s birthday fundraiser to help children in Nepal? And will you volunteer at your child’s school this month, too?
I (Meagan) recently took my first trip to Nashville! The weekend included a surprise appearance of Carrie Underwood at the Opry, great new boots and a lot of cold brews, but the best part of my trip? Getting to stop by the headquarters of our new brand partner, Alyn Vaughn, and stopping by The Shine Project’s new storefront in East Nashville (more on that next month!).
My first stop in Nashville landed me on the doorstep of Carrie M., celebrity stylist-turned-jewelry-design maven. I felt at home instantly…and literally. Like I felt like I was at my house…in an amazingly kindred way. The table was covered in new jewelry designs, the dogs were barking like crazy and kids arrived with sticky hands from an ice cream outing. I was also greeted with a big hug from Nancy, interior design-guru-turned business-vixen, and yep, you guessed it, busy mom. Ahhh…we love do-it-all momtrepreneurs!
Given the meticulous execution of their jewelry line and clarity of mission, it’s surprising to discover the brand just launched in July. As with all brands we partner with, Alyn Vaughn is founded on a desire to better the world around us. Longtime friends and style junkies, Carrie and Nancy created Alyn Vaughn to empower Nashville college student apprentices through curriculum based employment.
You may be wondering ‘Why focus on helping U.S. college students. Don’t they already have an advantage over others?’
This month’s giving challenge is to reach out to a somewhat distant (literally or figuratively) friend, neighbor or community member.
When I read this article, it broke my heart. (Similarly, can you even?!?) It made me think, “who could be lonely and desperately seeking a friendly conversation near me?”
It may be out of your comfort-zone to randomly approach a near-stranger – and many of us don’t want to risk offending or bothering someone. Plus, we’re all crazily running around from one thing to the next, with barely enough time for ourselves!
We’re starting a new series here at /GIV/: a post to highlight organizations we love that are doing amazing work. The purpose is to introduce caring people just like you to new organizations, so that you can support them and possibly raise further awareness amongst your friends. Non-profits need all the awareness and love that they can get! Let's get started:
As we all know from attempts to overhaul our eating habits, exercise programs, budgets, personality, etc., change is hard! That’s why it’s cool to discover new brands that allow us to easily make feel-good shopping choices and conscientious purchases. It’s possible, but quite challenging, to buy exclusively from socially-conscious brands. So, in that vein, we’d like to challenge ourselves, and you, to make a small change: to select one product that you use today and swap it out for a brand that has a bigger purpose; a brand striving to positively impact the world.
This could be a grocery swap: supporting a small, organic farmer in your community vs. buying produce or meat shipped in from overseas. Or choosing Newman’s Own Salsa vs. other brands to put your $3 to a greater good.
When picking out school supplies, what about getting a few items from Yoobi? (Spotted at Target.) They in turn donate to U.S. elementary school classrooms.
Try choosing a birthday gift for your niece, friend or sister that supports a entrepreneurs championing a cause that helps other girls. Headbands of Hope or Handcrafted Honeybee are two brands we love. =)
Please help us add to our #smallswaps list and send us your thoughts! Every small effort counts in building a better world.
We are currently researching new products and companies to debut at our Fall and Winter pop-ups. It’s so inspiring to learn about their causes and see their amazing product lines. We can’t wait to make it easier for you (and your friends!) to find socially-conscious items for everyday life and your holiday gift-lists. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates!
#ShopwithPurpose and support great causes around DC!
Please see our Event page for a full list of pop-ups.
We are working on exciting plans for 2018! Stay tuned for more upcoming events!
Brunch Fest, Union Station, Washington, DC
Saturday, February 3rd
Tickets Still Available!
If you are interested in hosting a Pop-Up Shop or have a suggestion for where we should pop up next, send us an email. We love hearing your ideas!
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