Over 20 years ago, I created a product, the original necklace for eyewear and this invention turned into a business -- since then giving back has been an integral part of the work we do every day.
In 2019 I launched LOOPin, a vehicle to make it easy for our customers, suppliers, colleagues, friends, and business partners to do good and give back together - as well as inspire others to do good.
We launched LOOPin, our social good platform, to connect our LOOPers with meaningful opportunities to give back and “loop in” together. Our hope is to inspire and empower our LOOPers to make the world a better place, one small act at a time. As part of this program, we provide 5 ($1,000), LOOPin Grants to organizations our LOOPers love in their communities.
YOU did it! Thank you to all of our LOOPers across the country (from Maine to Hawaii) and overseas (🙏 to our LOOPer in Paris) who nominated non-profits for our 3rd Annual LOOPin Grant. This year we received over 50 entries! And the WINNERS are…..
💜HOLLYWOOD FOOD COALITION. In Los Angeles, David Livingston is helping bring fresh, delicious meals to unhoused community members through working in the kitchen and an impactful photography exhibit to raise awareness for the @hollywoodfoodco.
💜PROJECT DIVA INTERNATIONAL. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Stacy Durant and her daughter are working with @projectdivainternational to support and uplift young Black women in developing plans for success after high school and beyond.
💜PROJECT HAWAI’I, INC. In Kamuela, Hawaii, Kim Castellano is delivering toiletries and clothing for Secret Santa packages, supporting @projecthawaiiinc in its mission to help underserved local youth (“keiki”).
💜SEIS (SWAN’S ISLAND EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY). On tiny Swan’s Island in Maine, Wesley Staples has spent the last 52 years building and developing this local library, which provides the community with art, children’s programs, films, and of course – books.
💜TACO (TEAM AWARENESS TO COMBAT OVERDOSE). On campuses from California to New York, college students like Diego, Hannah, Sasha, Isabella, Jinah, and 27 other nominators are working with @/tacoinc_ (Team Awareness to Combat Overdose) to combat accidental overdose deaths among their peers through judgment-free, research-based education and accessible harm reduction supplies.
Selecting 5 winners was no easy task. To do so, we thought about which organizations exemplified 1) our vision of LOOPers LOOPing in with their local community and 2) for whom the $1,000 contribution would be significant and meaningful.
It is humbling and inspiring to hear the many ways LOOPers are embodying the LOOPin spirit – digging in deep with the organizations they care about to support the communities and causes important to them. Over the next few months we will highlight each winner— stay tuned!