Thanksgiving officially kicked off the Season of Giving – reminding us to give thanks for all the people and blessings that make our lives better. At Spring, we are reflecting on what make our lives better as well, as we want to share it with you.
Our tagline, "for goodness' sake," refers to our commitment to doing good in the world. When we created Spring, we committed to donate $1 of every scrunchie sold to a cause because we wanted our business to mean something more.
We choose causes based on their mission, needs, and alignment with our values. Our causes cover a range of important issues including mental health awareness, female empowerment, community growth, and more.
Since our founding, we have given over almost $2000 to our charitable partners with the help of our loyal customers. In this season of giving, we want to give back by promoting these worthy causes and encouraging you, our community, to get involved, donate, or simply learn about them.
Christie is a director at one of the nation's largest all girls summer camps: YMCA Camp Seafarer. Her blood runs deep with this special place, as she has been part of its community since she was 8 years old. As Christie says, "every summer, Camp Seafarer empowers thousands of campers to be confident, celebrated, integral parts of the world around them. But, unfortunately, not every girl gets the chance to go." Well, that's where Run a Kid to Camp (RAKTC) comes in. This program began 20 years ago when the leadership staff had an idea to run a marathon in order to raise funds for summer camp scholarships, or "camperships". Since then, this program has grown in leaps and bounds, and in 2019, helped send 11 girls to camp that couldn't otherwise afford to go. We can't wait to see Christie run this year's marathon, and help send a lucky girl to have the summer of a lifetime at Camp Seafarer. To learn more about RAKTC and to donate, visit their website.
Mackenzie Drazan is the Founder & Chairman of TEAM, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching everyone about mental health and supporting friends and families of those affected. TEAM's website offers an online space where these friends and family members can find support and resources about helping their loved one through mental illness. Mackenzie explains, "one in five Americans are going to experience mental illness at some point in their lives. People want to talk about it, it’s just they don’t know how to.” She started TEAM in 2014 after she lost her sister to mental illness, and realized there was an urgent need for such a tool. Mackenzie is taking her personal experience and making it into something that is changing the way people think about and approach mental health. We can't wait to see how TEAM grows and changes the world, and we encourage you to learn more about TEAM here.
Meet Callie Francis: the founder of Music City Stars Lacrosse. As a former college athlete, Callie knows the value that athletics can add to a young person's life. Now, she's sharing that value with the youth of Nashville, TN. The mission of Music City Stars Lacrosse is to use lacrosse as a vehicle to provide opportunities to further education for underprivileged youth in Nashville. More importantly, it is to provide the catalyst to motivate kids to excel academically. Music City Stars Lacrosse introduces Nashville’s youth to the endless opportunities that lacrosse can bring them beyond high school. By exposing them to college campuses and college athletics and pairing them with college mentors, the goal is that they embrace this as a possibility for themselves. We're excited to partner with Callie and this great organization! Looking to donate or learn more? Click here.
Suhani Jalota is the Founder and CEO of Myna Mahila Foundation, a women’s health and entrepreneurship incubator. It creates a network of female entrepreneurs by empowering them with employment at the Pad Production Facility and Boutique. Suhani started working with slum leaders when was 15 years old, and since then never looked back. These women have created opportunities to generate income and improve health education for their families. Their recent initiative Sponsor-a-Girl attracts more than 300 young girls every month, curious to learn about their bodies, where they receive menstrual education and sanitary materials. Together we are part of a cultural revolution that is generating local employment in the urban slums in Mumbai. Myna Mahila will use SPRING's contributions to provide sanitary pad packets to girls in the informal settlements of Mumbai. To learn more about this organization, click here.
Colleen Scott is the fearless leader of The Baldwin Scholars Program at Duke University. The Baldwin Scholars program for women and leadership at Duke University was created in 2004 in response to a toxic environment for women on campus. Eighteen female-identified students are selected each year. Scholars take two seminars together, live together starting sophomore year, and complete an internship in the field of their choice. The program is designed to build confidence, leadership skills, and personal/professional networks. We are proud to have selected SPRING co-founder Sarah Urdahl to the Class of 2016 cohort. Our office was recently moved to a less desirable location on campus. SPRING funding would be used to make our new home more inviting for students. Learn more about the program on their website.
Kiarra is a passionate actor, director, and all-round artist who gives back to her field through the great organization of PROJECT BROADWAY. A 501c3 nonprofit, PROJECT BROADWAY is dedicated to fostering participation in enriching theater arts educational experiences for students who may not otherwise have access to an education in the arts. Project Broadway offers scholarships for children to participate in intensive theater training programs and enriching workshops focusing on self-confidence and exploration of the theater arts. These unique experiences help nurture the development of important life skills, encourage self-expression, and motivate authentic development for students of all ages. We are excited to be partnering with Kiarra and this awesome organization - learn more about Project Broadway here.
Healing Pines Respite is a nonprofit that provides events for women with cancer throughout North Carolina. The respite events are gifted to women currently in cancer treatment and up to two years post-treatment with the intention of healing mind, body, and spirit. Cancer treatments are depleting, exhausting, and life-changing. Healing Pines allows women time and space to heal through rest, connection, self-care, and nature. Their respites provide a time for women with cancer to focus on their healing, a chance to care for themselves instead of others. It is their mission to spread the message that women need this. When women are well, communities thrive. We are so glad to partner with Healing Pines - find out more about them on their website.
We are lucky to work with these organizations and be involved in so many varied but important causes. We are always looking for new partners. Do you have a cause you'd like to tell us about? Fill out the form on this page, and we'll be sure to get back to you.
Now that we are almost 3 weeks into 2021 and nearing the end of January, we at Spring have had time to reflect. We’ve reflected on our past year as a company, on our products, but most importantly, on our mission and vision.