As you may have noticed, mixed in throughout my posts on lighthearted things such as lipstick, shoes and my outfits, I have tried to be sure there are glimpses into what I think matters above all else....... helping those in need and staying educated on ways to fight against injustice. In most Friday posts, I highlight a non-profit or charitable organization that is doing something bold that week or have launched a new campaign or have hit a huge milestone. In my 'Links' section, you will find the 'Connect + Contribute' list with organizations I support, believe in and know are fighting to make a huge impact on the lives of others. Mainly people I admire. We can all learn a lot from their selflessness.
I'd like you to meet Abbi Martin Ice and her incredible organization - WORN. You've probably seen me mention it on here a few times.... I'm just so proud of all the women I'm lucky to call family! Anyways, I was very excited to see this recent article in '360 West Magazine' on Abbi, the refugee families and the vision of WORN. Quick recap of WORN if you didn't catch the other posts or don't follow me on Twitter (where I also preach about WORN nearly every day) ::
"WORN is a socially-conscious business of Fort Worth Catholic Charities. The mission of WORN is to provide refugee women living in the United States a supplemental source of income, empowering them to rise above poverty. Each circle scarf is hand-knit by women who have survived the afflictions of their war-torn and poverty-stricken homelands.
WORN is here to foster their journey. More than just a scarf, WORN symbolizes:
- Peace - Teaching that peace is more than just security, it’s dignity
- Hope - Enabling refugees to find value in both product and self
- Fashion - Making a statement for those in need by wearing it over the heart
100% of the profits from this project go directly back into the community through Fort Worth Catholic Charities to further equip the women with the necessary skills to become self-sufficient."
My hope is to do annual posts introducing you to people and organizations doing powerful things for others. If anything you've read prompts you to want to get involved, to reach out or to help Abbi and WORN, please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll put you in contact or reach out to Abbi at email@example.com.
(We will return to our regularly scheduled programming of outfits and hair trends tomorrow....and yes....that girl in the group photo with the black scarf does look familiar!!)