Fashion It Forward

 
 
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The Junior League of Portland is hosting Fashion it Forward, a pop-up (fashion) shop in September. 100% of the proceeds go towards the JLP’s 1910 Campaign with the goal of raising $110,000 in celebration for our 110th birthday in 2020. This money will be donated to our community partner, New Avenues for Youth a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness.

Please consider donating any gently used women’s apparel, footwear or accessories. Donations are tax deductible. A tax receipt will be provided.

For more information please contact: dione@findthefit.net

 

April Mercí

Last month I shared my musings on making the shift from a product centric focus to a larger strategic, mentorship and team management role within design functions specifically. Pros, cons, frustrations and rewards. Thank you for your thoughtful answers, comments and perspective around transitioning into a design leadership role. Still wanna weigh in? The video below awaits your participation…

Footwear Cares

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Consider volunteering this month for Footwear Cares.

Since 2013, Two Ten Footwear Foundation has engaged more than 15,000 shoe people from footwear companies across the country to help disadvantaged children and their families in the communities where we live and work. With 1 in 5 children in the U.S. currently living in poverty and food insecure, our collective work to impact this vulnerable population is needed more than ever.

The vision for Footwear Cares® is to actively engage our entire workforce, as an inspiring and widely-recognized national model of industry-wide philanthropy and corporate social responsibility unlike any other in America.

The goal is to help build a stronger and deeper culture of volunteerism and commitment to community service, that excites and engages your organization and improves the lives of disadvantaged children and their families.

Our industry’s call to action is Footwear Cares®.

Find your local volunteer event details here

 

Impact Kits Benefit

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I recently attended a luncheon for Impact NW. One of the speakers shared an inspiring story of how a small group of employees decided to do something to benefit our immense homeless population here in Portland, OR.

They created Impact Kits, a simple and easy way to directly help those with immediate needs. Assemble basic necessities into a bag, hand them out. Pretty simple, right?

And then she started talking about the unexpected benefits of employees from diverse departments and job functions coming together to work on this project as a team. Boosting morale, diminishing tensions and providing perspective for a larger cause in the community.

Recruiter brain ah-ha moment! I’m not saying we should set aside altruistic motives for selfish ambitions but there’s certainly some benefit when a diverse group of employees work together for the greater good. Maybe your community is faced with a similar problem. Or maybe you want to create a new project that’s specific to your city. Either way, I hope this inspires you to assemble your own team in your home community.

Create your own Impact Kits

What to include:

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste

  • Portable, easy open food

  • Warm socks

  • Lotion

  • Bandages

  • Poncho

  • Sanitizing wipes

  • Lip balm

  • Handwarmers

What’s next?

Gather the items in a reusable, water-resistant bag. Store finished kits in your car or office to hand out as needed.

Need more info?

Contact Impact NW: info@info@impactnw.org

 

Delicates Drive. A Record Year & Smashing Success

The Junior League of Portland has successfully completed our 6th annual Delicates Drive to benefit survivors of Human Trafficking. We are proud to report a record year collecting 11,239 undergarments and toiletries.

To put things in perspective, in 2017 we collected over 2,000 items. This year, we more than quadrupled that number. What does this mean? Our six partner recipient organizations: Janus Youth, SARC, A Village for One, Rose Haven, & Rahab’s Sisters will have 4x the resources to distribute. Meeting an essential need that most of us take for granted.

Here’s what happened….

A well spent Saturday. By the numbers.

11am we pull up in a commercial delivery truck because 82 standard size cardboard boxes won’t fit in my SUV. Go figure. This thing is packed, and I’m slightly panicked on how said boxes will travel from truck to the fourth floor League office. 11 committee members appear all ready to unload. Problem solved.

The pizza I ordered on the way has just arrived. Perfect timing.

Upstairs inside the League office we’re unsure of where to put all the boxes in an already overpopulated room of bins overflowing with undergarments. We make it work and assemble for a quick directive meeting before beginning the work of sorting, categorizing and counting.

  • Step one: create stations of product type and size

  • Step two: begin sorting thousands of items into said piles

  • Step three: count everything

  • Step four: divide equally among six partner organizations

  • Step five: bag it up and load into our vehicles for delivery

At one point I looked up from my counting station and realized that more volunteers had joined us. Old friends and new faces fill a room, sacrificing a coveted Saturday afternoon to serve their community. It never ceases to amaze me how much a group of determined women can accomplish. Working side by side. A sisterhood. This is the Junior League.

We wrap up at 4pm with the help of 20+ volunteers who all appear slightly frazzled from counting. Or maybe it was the pizza. And cookies. Definitely the pizza.

 

 

What we collected….

 

Panties
XS     24
S    2354
M    2118
L    2113
XL    1878
XXL    58

Total    8,545

Bras
A    161
B    163
C    147
D    76
DD    92
F    99
FF/G    182
N/O    26
H    133
I    55
J    41
K    33
L    25
M    16

Total    1,249

Sports Bras
S    32
M    50
L    34
XL    66

Total    182

Toiletries
Dental         52
Hair        68
Body wash     82
Deodorant    18
Lotion        42
Misc.        108

Total        370

 

 

Other
Socks    142
Pajamas    12
Sports bottoms    5
Lingerie    94
Swimwear    170
Maternity    2
Tanks    37
Children’s    403
Men’s & Boys    28
Gift Cards    $210

 
 
 

 

The Power of a Global Network

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I’m staring at the wall in my living room. From ceiling to floor it’s filled with cardboard boxes nearly the entire width of the room. Each box is packed full of undergarments in their various assortment of size, color and style. They’re all for the Delicates Drive. And they all came from you, our powerhouse network of individuals whose generosity has made this possible.

Now in the homestretch of the Drive, I’m eagerly anticipating this weekend’s “sorting party” (and yes, it’s a celebration where we will hand deliver (via commercial size delivery van) all 90+ boxes to the League office to be sorted and counted alongside committee members who will bring the items they have collected in our community from friends, family and fellow League members. I undoubtedly expect this will be the biggest effort in the Drive’s history. The impact, unprecedented. The best part? Distributing our collection efforts to community partners. I cannot wait to see their faces.  

In some ways I will be sad to see the boxes depart from my living room as it’s a daily reminder of the power of a global network and the immense generosity of those who have so selflessly donated. This is the shit that matters.

 

A Heartfelt THANK YOU to Those Who Donated to the Delicates Drive

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I’ll be honest, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the number of donations we would receive from a simple and direct ask. We have received 9,322 items (bras, panties & socks) + a $250 gift card. And we have 5 more boxes on the way! I am truly overwhelmed by your immense generosity. A heartfelt THANK YOU to those who donated to our Delicates Drive.

And now for the heroes….

Randi Sedmak / Urban Outfitters
(12 items)

Emma Morgan
(19 items)

Ashley Priest / Women in Digital
(36 items)

Daveen Richardson
(55 items)

Abby Vanim, David McNally / American Eagle
(62 items)

Isabel P Castaneda
(77 items)

Loretta Covella, Gabrielle Silverberg / Global Brands Group
(100 items)

Lisa Dixon / Dreamgirl International
(100 items)

Justin Cleveland, Brandon Strong / Stance Socks
(627 items)

Elliot Lavigne, Rita Polidori O’Brien, Negean Ghods, Angelina Cabrera & Pedro Tosta / United Legwear
(7750 items)

Ranee Kamens / Simplify Me
(484 items)

Melanie Wilson / Abercrombie & Fitch
($250 gift card)

 

Delicates Drive

The Junior League of Portland is hosting our 6th annual Delicates Drive to benefit survivors of Human Trafficking. We are urging you to consider donating new undergarments of any size, style and quantity.

Why? When survivors are rescued, they are asked to surrender their undergarments as evidence. Organizations who provide immediate & long-term care lack the resources to provide these essential items. As a result, survivors are left without the basics; something most of us take for granted. The JLP will distribute donations to recipient organizations that include: Janus Youth, SARC, A Village for One, Rose Haven, & Rahab’s Sisters.

Last year the JLP collected over 2,000 pairs of bras and panties. Our goal is to double that number in 2018.

The Delicates Drive will be held January 11th - February 11th, 2018. Please don’t delay in making a meaningful impact.

 

For more information on how to donate, contact: dione@findthefit.net

 

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