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Volunteering For One, Another

TOMS gives through a network of Giving Partners, nonprofit humanitarian organizations that we work with in the field. These partners have deep experience in the regions they serve, as well as expertise in poverty alleviation and international development. Read on to learn more about how volunteers fill a critical role within these organizations to distribute TOMS shoes around the world: The task of delivering shoes to children isn’t easy. Giving shoes thoughtfully and responsibly requires a lot of work and dedication. Our commitment to give shoes to children around the world is carried out by a group of over 90…

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Tracy’s Volunteer Story: Helping Those in Crisis

Today’s volunteer story was written by Tracy, Internal Communications Manager at TOMS. On any given day, you will find Tracy buried in copy or dancing around TOMS HQ. Read on to learn more about how Tracy’s volunteering experience with Bully Response Partner, Crisis Text Line: Volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I started working with Crisis Text Line that I truly stepped outside of my comfort zone to do so. I first heard about Crisis Text Line (commonly referred to as CTL) a full two years after…

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Marie’s Volunteer Story: Inspired by Giving in Peru

Today’s story was written by Marie, Merchandise Planning Manager of North America at TOMS.  On a typical day, you will find her working on inventory plans with her team, forecasting next years’ sales budgets, and answering emails about the day’s business. Read on to learn more about how Marie’s Giving Trip experience and how it led her to volunteer in Peru: My first Giving Trip forever changed me and my second trip confirmed it. On my trip in February 2013 with Buckner International Peru, I was in awe and inspired by the strength of the mothers we encountered. When I went…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT

In January 2016, TOMS introduced The Tomorrows Project to our employees, giving them an opportunity to be ambassadors for good. Since it’s inception, we have seen an overwhelming response of new projects from sending kids to grief camp to refurbishing end-of-life laptops to donate to a local children’s non-profit. What is The Tomorrows Project? The Tomorrows Project is a unique program that TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie came up with to empower TOMS employees to become social entrepreneurs and ambassadors for good. We created a digital platform for employees to post their ideas (such as build a…

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10 Years of Giving, Together

As we celebrate a decade of TOMS, there is so much to be proud of. We have grown our giving model beyond shoes, created four additional One for One businesses, and are selling TOMS in 75 countries. What does 10 years of giving together look like? With help of our customers and giving partners around the world, we’ve been able to give over 60 million new pairs of shoes, restore sight to over 400,000 people, provide over 335,000 weeks of safe water, and helping to support safe birth services for over 25,000 mothers. And this is just the beginning. We…

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Profiles in One for One: Jose Julian Receives Shoes Since 2012

As TOMS celebrates our 10-year anniversary, the Giving Team wanted to spotlight some of the Giving Partners and the beneficiaries we have had the pleasure to work with. We are lucky to share the story of Jose Julian, an 11-year-old boy from a town near Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua. Read on to learn more about Jose Julian and his participation as part of Feed the Children Nicaragua’s Child Development Program: Jose Julian is an 11-year-old boy from a town near Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua. Pueblo Nuevo is a town in the northwestern part of Nicaragua, situated near the Honduras-Nicaragua border. The area…

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Sankati’s Letter from India

As we celebrate TOMS 10th birthday, we take time to reflect on the first 10 years of Giving and the work our Giving Partners do around the world every day. Recently, one of our Sight Giving Partners shared a letter from a patient who received quality eye care and a pair of glasses thanks to a purchase of TOMS eyewear. Special thank you to Sight Giving Partners Seva Foundation and LV Prasad Eye Institute for sharing this letter with us. We wanted to share it with all of you: Shown here is Sankati, a 45-year-old woman from Mahboobnagar District in…

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TOMS Impact on Hogar de Ninos

Today’s note was written by Vivian Chahin, Voluntary Executive Director at Hogar de Niños Enmanuel located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Vivian has been Voluntary Executive Director of the home for the last 10 years. Hogar Enmanuel became a TOMS Shoe Giving Partner in 2010 after Vivian’s then 15-year-old daughter, Andrea, saw TOMS in Teen Vogue. Hogar Enmanuel is a TOMS family favorite as Giving Trips travel to Honduras to learn more about the work Hogar Enmanuel is doing in their local community and to spend time with the kids at the home. Read on to hear how Vivian reflects…

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Give Back On Your Special Day

Wedding season is here! We are so inspired by couples who choose to give back on their wedding day, so we have put together a list of some of our favorite ideas: Community service with your wedding party. Spend one day of your bachelor or bachelorette party serving other people in your community. Welcome bags. There’s nothing better than a “feel good, do good” goodie bag to welcome guests traveling to your wedding. Fill it with brands that give back for a heartwarming touch. Wear TOMS Shoes. From the flower girls and the wedding party to the bride and groom, TOMS Shoes are…

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TOMS Optical: Meet Dr. Veronica Ruelas

July 16th, 2014 by TOMS

This past Spring we launched the TOMS Optical collection, featuring 21 new frames for prescription lenses to improve your vision and someone else’s. New York Eyewear Retailer, Artsee helped us celebrate our launch with an event at their funky eyewear boutique (which doubles as an art gallery) in the heart of NYC. Showcasing our take on timeless silhouettes that give back, the event was huge success for TOMS Eyewear. Take a look at some of our favorite photos:

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Recently, we spoke with Dr. Veronica Ruelas, (pictured above) the lead optometrist at the eye care practice located within Artsee, ThirdEyeChic Optometry. A certified yoga and mediation instructor, Dr. Veronica’s passion for health and well-being transcends through her practice in many ways. Here she tells us about ThirdEyeChic’s holistic approach to eye care- focusing on tailoring a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient including stress reduction and nutritional direction.

1. How do you bring you knowledge of yoga and meditation techniques to your patients?

I am certified as a yoga instructor and meditation practitioner and have done meditation courses all over the world. At first, I started it more for my own personal transformation and then when I started seeing the positive effects of it, I began to branch out and talk to my patients about it. We [ThirdEyeChic Optometry] put information up on our website so that our patients have resources available to them. A lot of things I talk about with my patients are not things other doctors talk about. Our offices are located in the financial district of NYC, which is kind of like the financial mecca of the world. It’s very fast paced and people are under stressful positions so I feel like I am in the perfect place to be able to give them these types of messages. I don’t do this for all my patients, I kind of feel them out at first. I also discuss their nutrition with them as I feel strongly that all dis-ease begins there. I am very passionate about all of this because there are a lot of positive attributes one can take with them and be able to use in their day-to-day lives.

2. Describe your optical store

Our optometric practice is located inside the optical boutique, Artsee, which is different in the sense that it doubles as an art gallery. It was created ten years ago with the philosophy that every three months they would feature a new up and coming artist. We are constantly having new artists come in and show their work and have art shows. People come in feeling like they are in this really cool museum. All of the optical frames at Arstee are hand made and are very much for the eyewear aficionado. Wanting to accommodate everyone we expanded our collections a little bit and brought in some frames that were a little less funky. We constantly strive to offer the highest possible customer experience. We try and understand what the patient’s personality is like and have fun with how far they are willing to go in their eyewear. Eyewear is so important because it is the first way one is expressing themselves when they meet someone.

3. You started a clinic in India, the ThirdEyeVision Foundation. Can you tell me about how it came to be, how the foundation works and what you see for its future?

Once I got certified as a yoga instructor I started traveling to Peru, India, Lebanon, Brazil – we have done many volunteer eye care missions, but the place that I connected with the most was in the Himalayas. There is a wonderful Swami there that has been running a medical clinic for decades servicing all of the surrounding villages. I was introduced to him by one of my teachers and he invited me to come check out what he was doing. The first year I went by myself. I brought 1,500 pairs of glasses and bags of medications and I ran the clinic with the help of the people that are already living there at the ashram. Every year it continues to grow. We now have a new building and facility there with an operational theatre. It is completely different than when I first started going. I taught them the importance of being a part of Rotary International – vision is one of Rotary’s passions. We started the application a couple of years ago and we got the chartered in 2011. My hope for the clinic is that it is completely sustainable and running even when I am not there. We have been in the process of training people there to be able to dispense the eyeglasses year round.

4. You founded AshramChic a yoga, meditation accessories and lifestyle line, in which a portion of all proceeds support the ThirdEyeVision Foundation. Can you tell me a little about it?

I was doing the clinic for a couple of years and I needed to start raising money. Up till then because it was self-funded and I couldn’t sustain that on my own. Even though the clinics are my passion, it was becoming bigger than myself. The opportunity came to open my own private practice so I started changing things around a little bit and started thinking about ways to raise money. Fundraising events and going out and raising money was not my specialty and I felt that there was a niche market for someone like me, the urban professional woman needing to find less stress in her life and that’s how I created Ashram Chic. It’s a yoga, meditation, and lifestyle company that teaches women how to meditate through mantra-based meditation with our fashion accessories and apparel.

5. How do you measure your success?

“Success is measured if you go to bed at night and you have peace of mind” – Paulo Coelho said this. I completely agree. I would love nothing more than for all the dreams to be manifested and to come to realization. I feel that it’s my social responsibility to do the best that I can. I would love to see Ashram Chic become an international success and for Third Eye Vision to be able to open clinics in very far, remote places. I’ve also taken a step back and learned to have fun with the process because if I keep up a super fast work pace, I am going to look like I am eighty years old in a few years! I have to be patient and do my best and understand that it is really not on my time. I want to have fun doing this, I want to inspire people along the way and help as many people as possible – that is really my goal.

6. What does being a TOM mean to you?

The common thread throughout all of the Ashram Chic products is “I AM.” That’s how we teach people about mantra-based meditation. We teach people to inhale “I AM” and exhale a virtue. All of our products feature different virtues or mantras attached to them. “I AM TOM” is a mantra. If you think about the universal thought that we are all one and we are all connected – there is no separation. Inhaling I AM and exhaling TOM is for me, all of us being one and all of us being a part of this moment.

To learn more about the TOMS Optical Collection click here. With every pair your purchase, TOMS will give sight to a person in need. One for One®.

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Volunteering For One, Another

TOMS gives through a network of Giving Partners, nonprofit humanitarian organizations that we work with in the field. These partners have deep experience in the regions they serve, as well as expertise in poverty alleviation and international development. Read on to learn more about how volunteers fill a critical role within these organizations to distribute TOMS shoes around the world: The task of delivering shoes to children isn’t easy. Giving shoes thoughtfully and responsibly requires a lot of work and dedication. Our commitment to give shoes to children around the world is carried out by a group of over 90…

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Tracy’s Volunteer Story: Helping Those in Crisis

Today’s volunteer story was written by Tracy, Internal Communications Manager at TOMS. On any given day, you will find Tracy buried in copy or dancing around TOMS HQ. Read on to learn more about how Tracy’s volunteering experience with Bully Response Partner, Crisis Text Line: Volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I started working with Crisis Text Line that I truly stepped outside of my comfort zone to do so. I first heard about Crisis Text Line (commonly referred to as CTL) a full two years after…

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Marie’s Volunteer Story: Inspired by Giving in Peru

Today’s story was written by Marie, Merchandise Planning Manager of North America at TOMS.  On a typical day, you will find her working on inventory plans with her team, forecasting next years’ sales budgets, and answering emails about the day’s business. Read on to learn more about how Marie’s Giving Trip experience and how it led her to volunteer in Peru: My first Giving Trip forever changed me and my second trip confirmed it. On my trip in February 2013 with Buckner International Peru, I was in awe and inspired by the strength of the mothers we encountered. When I went…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT

In January 2016, TOMS introduced The Tomorrows Project to our employees, giving them an opportunity to be ambassadors for good. Since it’s inception, we have seen an overwhelming response of new projects from sending kids to grief camp to refurbishing end-of-life laptops to donate to a local children’s non-profit. What is The Tomorrows Project? The Tomorrows Project is a unique program that TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie came up with to empower TOMS employees to become social entrepreneurs and ambassadors for good. We created a digital platform for employees to post their ideas (such as build a…

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10 Years of Giving, Together

As we celebrate a decade of TOMS, there is so much to be proud of. We have grown our giving model beyond shoes, created four additional One for One businesses, and are selling TOMS in 75 countries. What does 10 years of giving together look like? With help of our customers and giving partners around the world, we’ve been able to give over 60 million new pairs of shoes, restore sight to over 400,000 people, provide over 335,000 weeks of safe water, and helping to support safe birth services for over 25,000 mothers. And this is just the beginning. We…

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Profiles in One for One: Jose Julian Receives Shoes Since 2012

As TOMS celebrates our 10-year anniversary, the Giving Team wanted to spotlight some of the Giving Partners and the beneficiaries we have had the pleasure to work with. We are lucky to share the story of Jose Julian, an 11-year-old boy from a town near Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua. Read on to learn more about Jose Julian and his participation as part of Feed the Children Nicaragua’s Child Development Program: Jose Julian is an 11-year-old boy from a town near Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua. Pueblo Nuevo is a town in the northwestern part of Nicaragua, situated near the Honduras-Nicaragua border. The area…

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Sankati’s Letter from India

As we celebrate TOMS 10th birthday, we take time to reflect on the first 10 years of Giving and the work our Giving Partners do around the world every day. Recently, one of our Sight Giving Partners shared a letter from a patient who received quality eye care and a pair of glasses thanks to a purchase of TOMS eyewear. Special thank you to Sight Giving Partners Seva Foundation and LV Prasad Eye Institute for sharing this letter with us. We wanted to share it with all of you: Shown here is Sankati, a 45-year-old woman from Mahboobnagar District in…

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TOMS Impact on Hogar de Ninos

Today’s note was written by Vivian Chahin, Voluntary Executive Director at Hogar de Niños Enmanuel located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Vivian has been Voluntary Executive Director of the home for the last 10 years. Hogar Enmanuel became a TOMS Shoe Giving Partner in 2010 after Vivian’s then 15-year-old daughter, Andrea, saw TOMS in Teen Vogue. Hogar Enmanuel is a TOMS family favorite as Giving Trips travel to Honduras to learn more about the work Hogar Enmanuel is doing in their local community and to spend time with the kids at the home. Read on to hear how Vivian reflects…

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Give Back On Your Special Day

Wedding season is here! We are so inspired by couples who choose to give back on their wedding day, so we have put together a list of some of our favorite ideas: Community service with your wedding party. Spend one day of your bachelor or bachelorette party serving other people in your community. Welcome bags. There’s nothing better than a “feel good, do good” goodie bag to welcome guests traveling to your wedding. Fill it with brands that give back for a heartwarming touch. Wear TOMS Shoes. From the flower girls and the wedding party to the bride and groom, TOMS Shoes are…

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TOMS Stories - TOMS Official Blog

Volunteering For One, Another

TOMS gives through a network of Giving Partners, nonprofit humanitarian organizations that we work with in the field. These partners have deep experience in the regions they serve, as well as expertise in poverty alleviation and international development. Read on to learn more about how volunteers fill a critical role within these organizations to distribute TOMS shoes around the world: The task of delivering shoes to children isn’t easy. Giving shoes thoughtfully and responsibly requires a lot of work and dedication. Our commitment to give shoes to children around the world is carried out by a group of over 90…

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Tracy’s Volunteer Story: Helping Those in Crisis

Today’s volunteer story was written by Tracy, Internal Communications Manager at TOMS. On any given day, you will find Tracy buried in copy or dancing around TOMS HQ. Read on to learn more about how Tracy’s volunteering experience with Bully Response Partner, Crisis Text Line: Volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I started working with Crisis Text Line that I truly stepped outside of my comfort zone to do so. I first heard about Crisis Text Line (commonly referred to as CTL) a full two years after…

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Marie’s Volunteer Story: Inspired by Giving in Peru

Today’s story was written by Marie, Merchandise Planning Manager of North America at TOMS.  On a typical day, you will find her working on inventory plans with her team, forecasting next years’ sales budgets, and answering emails about the day’s business. Read on to learn more about how Marie’s Giving Trip experience and how it led her to volunteer in Peru: My first Giving Trip forever changed me and my second trip confirmed it. On my trip in February 2013 with Buckner International Peru, I was in awe and inspired by the strength of the mothers we encountered. When I went…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT

In January 2016, TOMS introduced The Tomorrows Project to our employees, giving them an opportunity to be ambassadors for good. Since it’s inception, we have seen an overwhelming response of new projects from sending kids to grief camp to refurbishing end-of-life laptops to donate to a local children’s non-profit. What is The Tomorrows Project? The Tomorrows Project is a unique program that TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie came up with to empower TOMS employees to become social entrepreneurs and ambassadors for good. We created a digital platform for employees to post their ideas (such as build a…

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10 Years of Giving, Together

As we celebrate a decade of TOMS, there is so much to be proud of. We have grown our giving model beyond shoes, created four additional One for One businesses, and are selling TOMS in 75 countries. What does 10 years of giving together look like? With help of our customers and giving partners around the world, we’ve been able to give over 60 million new pairs of shoes, restore sight to over 400,000 people, provide over 335,000 weeks of safe water, and helping to support safe birth services for over 25,000 mothers. And this is just the beginning. We…

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Profiles in One for One: Jose Julian Receives Shoes Since 2012

As TOMS celebrates our 10-year anniversary, the Giving Team wanted to spotlight some of the Giving Partners and the beneficiaries we have had the pleasure to work with. We are lucky to share the story of Jose Julian, an 11-year-old boy from a town near Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua. Read on to learn more about Jose Julian and his participation as part of Feed the Children Nicaragua’s Child Development Program: Jose Julian is an 11-year-old boy from a town near Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua. Pueblo Nuevo is a town in the northwestern part of Nicaragua, situated near the Honduras-Nicaragua border. The area…

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Sankati’s Letter from India

As we celebrate TOMS 10th birthday, we take time to reflect on the first 10 years of Giving and the work our Giving Partners do around the world every day. Recently, one of our Sight Giving Partners shared a letter from a patient who received quality eye care and a pair of glasses thanks to a purchase of TOMS eyewear. Special thank you to Sight Giving Partners Seva Foundation and LV Prasad Eye Institute for sharing this letter with us. We wanted to share it with all of you: Shown here is Sankati, a 45-year-old woman from Mahboobnagar District in…

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TOMS Impact on Hogar de Ninos

Today’s note was written by Vivian Chahin, Voluntary Executive Director at Hogar de Niños Enmanuel located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Vivian has been Voluntary Executive Director of the home for the last 10 years. Hogar Enmanuel became a TOMS Shoe Giving Partner in 2010 after Vivian’s then 15-year-old daughter, Andrea, saw TOMS in Teen Vogue. Hogar Enmanuel is a TOMS family favorite as Giving Trips travel to Honduras to learn more about the work Hogar Enmanuel is doing in their local community and to spend time with the kids at the home. Read on to hear how Vivian reflects…

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Give Back On Your Special Day

Wedding season is here! We are so inspired by couples who choose to give back on their wedding day, so we have put together a list of some of our favorite ideas: Community service with your wedding party. Spend one day of your bachelor or bachelorette party serving other people in your community. Welcome bags. There’s nothing better than a “feel good, do good” goodie bag to welcome guests traveling to your wedding. Fill it with brands that give back for a heartwarming touch. Wear TOMS Shoes. From the flower girls and the wedding party to the bride and groom, TOMS Shoes are…

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TOMS Stories - TOMS Official Blog

Volunteering For One, Another

TOMS gives through a network of Giving Partners, nonprofit humanitarian organizations that we work with in the field. These partners have deep experience in the regions they serve, as well as expertise in poverty alleviation and international development. Read on to learn more about how volunteers fill a critical role within these organizations to distribute TOMS shoes around the world: The task of delivering shoes to children isn’t easy. Giving shoes thoughtfully and responsibly requires a lot of work and dedication. Our commitment to give shoes to children around the world is carried out by a group of over 90…

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Tracy’s Volunteer Story: Helping Those in Crisis

Today’s volunteer story was written by Tracy, Internal Communications Manager at TOMS. On any given day, you will find Tracy buried in copy or dancing around TOMS HQ. Read on to learn more about how Tracy’s volunteering experience with Bully Response Partner, Crisis Text Line: Volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I started working with Crisis Text Line that I truly stepped outside of my comfort zone to do so. I first heard about Crisis Text Line (commonly referred to as CTL) a full two years after…

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Marie’s Volunteer Story: Inspired by Giving in Peru

Today’s story was written by Marie, Merchandise Planning Manager of North America at TOMS.  On a typical day, you will find her working on inventory plans with her team, forecasting next years’ sales budgets, and answering emails about the day’s business. Read on to learn more about how Marie’s Giving Trip experience and how it led her to volunteer in Peru: My first Giving Trip forever changed me and my second trip confirmed it. On my trip in February 2013 with Buckner International Peru, I was in awe and inspired by the strength of the mothers we encountered. When I went…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT

In January 2016, TOMS introduced The Tomorrows Project to our employees, giving them an opportunity to be ambassadors for good. Since it’s inception, we have seen an overwhelming response of new projects from sending kids to grief camp to refurbishing end-of-life laptops to donate to a local children’s non-profit. What is The Tomorrows Project? The Tomorrows Project is a unique program that TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie came up with to empower TOMS employees to become social entrepreneurs and ambassadors for good. We created a digital platform for employees to post their ideas (such as build a…

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

10 Years of Giving, Together

As we celebrate a decade of TOMS, there is so much to be proud of. We have grown our giving model beyond shoes, created four additional One for One businesses, and are selling TOMS in 75 countries. What does 10 years of giving together look like? With help of our customers and giving partners around the world, we’ve been able to give over 60 million new pairs of shoes, restore sight to over 400,000 people, provide over 335,000 weeks of safe water, and helping to support safe birth services for over 25,000 mothers. And this is just the beginning. We…

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

Profiles in One for One: Jose Julian Receives Shoes Since 2012

As TOMS celebrates our 10-year anniversary, the Giving Team wanted to spotlight some of the Giving Partners and the beneficiaries we have had the pleasure to work with. We are lucky to share the story of Jose Julian, an 11-year-old boy from a town near Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua. Read on to learn more about Jose Julian and his participation as part of Feed the Children Nicaragua’s Child Development Program: Jose Julian is an 11-year-old boy from a town near Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua. Pueblo Nuevo is a town in the northwestern part of Nicaragua, situated near the Honduras-Nicaragua border. The area…

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Sankati’s Letter from India

As we celebrate TOMS 10th birthday, we take time to reflect on the first 10 years of Giving and the work our Giving Partners do around the world every day. Recently, one of our Sight Giving Partners shared a letter from a patient who received quality eye care and a pair of glasses thanks to a purchase of TOMS eyewear. Special thank you to Sight Giving Partners Seva Foundation and LV Prasad Eye Institute for sharing this letter with us. We wanted to share it with all of you: Shown here is Sankati, a 45-year-old woman from Mahboobnagar District in…

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TOMS Impact on Hogar de Ninos

Today’s note was written by Vivian Chahin, Voluntary Executive Director at Hogar de Niños Enmanuel located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Vivian has been Voluntary Executive Director of the home for the last 10 years. Hogar Enmanuel became a TOMS Shoe Giving Partner in 2010 after Vivian’s then 15-year-old daughter, Andrea, saw TOMS in Teen Vogue. Hogar Enmanuel is a TOMS family favorite as Giving Trips travel to Honduras to learn more about the work Hogar Enmanuel is doing in their local community and to spend time with the kids at the home. Read on to hear how Vivian reflects…

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Give Back On Your Special Day

Wedding season is here! We are so inspired by couples who choose to give back on their wedding day, so we have put together a list of some of our favorite ideas: Community service with your wedding party. Spend one day of your bachelor or bachelorette party serving other people in your community. Welcome bags. There’s nothing better than a “feel good, do good” goodie bag to welcome guests traveling to your wedding. Fill it with brands that give back for a heartwarming touch. Wear TOMS Shoes. From the flower girls and the wedding party to the bride and groom, TOMS Shoes are…

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TOMS Stories - TOMS Official Blog

Volunteering For One, Another

TOMS gives through a network of Giving Partners, nonprofit humanitarian organizations that we work with in the field. These partners have deep experience in the regions they serve, as well as expertise in poverty alleviation and international development. Read on to learn more about how volunteers fill a critical role within these organizations to distribute TOMS shoes around the world: The task of delivering shoes to children isn’t easy. Giving shoes thoughtfully and responsibly requires a lot of work and dedication. Our commitment to give shoes to children around the world is carried out by a group of over 90…

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Tracy’s Volunteer Story: Helping Those in Crisis

Today’s volunteer story was written by Tracy, Internal Communications Manager at TOMS. On any given day, you will find Tracy buried in copy or dancing around TOMS HQ. Read on to learn more about how Tracy’s volunteering experience with Bully Response Partner, Crisis Text Line: Volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I started working with Crisis Text Line that I truly stepped outside of my comfort zone to do so. I first heard about Crisis Text Line (commonly referred to as CTL) a full two years after…

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Marie’s Volunteer Story: Inspired by Giving in Peru

Today’s story was written by Marie, Merchandise Planning Manager of North America at TOMS.  On a typical day, you will find her working on inventory plans with her team, forecasting next years’ sales budgets, and answering emails about the day’s business. Read on to learn more about how Marie’s Giving Trip experience and how it led her to volunteer in Peru: My first Giving Trip forever changed me and my second trip confirmed it. On my trip in February 2013 with Buckner International Peru, I was in awe and inspired by the strength of the mothers we encountered. When I went…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT

In January 2016, TOMS introduced The Tomorrows Project to our employees, giving them an opportunity to be ambassadors for good. Since it’s inception, we have seen an overwhelming response of new projects from sending kids to grief camp to refurbishing end-of-life laptops to donate to a local children’s non-profit. What is The Tomorrows Project? The Tomorrows Project is a unique program that TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie came up with to empower TOMS employees to become social entrepreneurs and ambassadors for good. We created a digital platform for employees to post their ideas (such as build a…

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10 Years of Giving, Together

As we celebrate a decade of TOMS, there is so much to be proud of. We have grown our giving model beyond shoes, created four additional One for One businesses, and are selling TOMS in 75 countries. What does 10 years of giving together look like? With help of our customers and giving partners around the world, we’ve been able to give over 60 million new pairs of shoes, restore sight to over 400,000 people, provide over 335,000 weeks of safe water, and helping to support safe birth services for over 25,000 mothers. And this is just the beginning. We…

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Profiles in One for One: Jose Julian Receives Shoes Since 2012

As TOMS celebrates our 10-year anniversary, the Giving Team wanted to spotlight some of the Giving Partners and the beneficiaries we have had the pleasure to work with. We are lucky to share the story of Jose Julian, an 11-year-old boy from a town near Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua. Read on to learn more about Jose Julian and his participation as part of Feed the Children Nicaragua’s Child Development Program: Jose Julian is an 11-year-old boy from a town near Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua. Pueblo Nuevo is a town in the northwestern part of Nicaragua, situated near the Honduras-Nicaragua border. The area…

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Sankati’s Letter from India

As we celebrate TOMS 10th birthday, we take time to reflect on the first 10 years of Giving and the work our Giving Partners do around the world every day. Recently, one of our Sight Giving Partners shared a letter from a patient who received quality eye care and a pair of glasses thanks to a purchase of TOMS eyewear. Special thank you to Sight Giving Partners Seva Foundation and LV Prasad Eye Institute for sharing this letter with us. We wanted to share it with all of you: Shown here is Sankati, a 45-year-old woman from Mahboobnagar District in…

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TOMS Impact on Hogar de Ninos

Today’s note was written by Vivian Chahin, Voluntary Executive Director at Hogar de Niños Enmanuel located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Vivian has been Voluntary Executive Director of the home for the last 10 years. Hogar Enmanuel became a TOMS Shoe Giving Partner in 2010 after Vivian’s then 15-year-old daughter, Andrea, saw TOMS in Teen Vogue. Hogar Enmanuel is a TOMS family favorite as Giving Trips travel to Honduras to learn more about the work Hogar Enmanuel is doing in their local community and to spend time with the kids at the home. Read on to hear how Vivian reflects…

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Give Back On Your Special Day

Wedding season is here! We are so inspired by couples who choose to give back on their wedding day, so we have put together a list of some of our favorite ideas: Community service with your wedding party. Spend one day of your bachelor or bachelorette party serving other people in your community. Welcome bags. There’s nothing better than a “feel good, do good” goodie bag to welcome guests traveling to your wedding. Fill it with brands that give back for a heartwarming touch. Wear TOMS Shoes. From the flower girls and the wedding party to the bride and groom, TOMS Shoes are…

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