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TRAVELING TOMS : @RAYAWASHERE

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, and how they show gratitude in their travels and their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Raya, “a travel and lifestyle vlogger and instagrammer on a journey to explore the Earth, seek magic and spread love”. Name: Raya Encheva  Hometown: Ruse, Bulgaria Occupation: Travel and Lifestyle Youtuber and Instagrammer Hobby: Traveling, taking photos, filming, anything that gets me outside in nature, finding epic places to watch the sunset, loving life. Where are your TOMS taking you? This year alone, my TOMS have taken me to 11 countries across 6…

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The Tomorrows Project: Tech Seed

Employee Name: Jose Miranda Title:  Sr. Helpdesk Specialist Tomorrows Project: TechSeed Tagline: 40 Laptops for 40 Kids   What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project TechSeed sprouted from the idea of giving kids technology to grow.  The project goal was to refurbish 40 TOMS end-of-life laptops into 40 like-new laptops for LA’s BEST KidTech program. What inspired you to create this Tomorrow? I work in our IT department and saw many end-of-life laptops marked for e-cycling. I knew that the laptops just needed some new parts and would be back in working condition. That’s when it clicked. I could…

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Floor, Marketing coordinator at TOMS, shares her Giving story in Tanzania

Today’s story is Floor, Marketing coordinator at TOMS. Most days you will find her working with the Marketing team and conceptualising all kind of projects to bring our One for One® movement to life. In January, Floor went to Tanzania and came back with an inspiring story that we could not wait to share with you. TOMS has been giving in Tanzania since early 2011. To date, TOMS and our network of Giving Partners have given over 1.3M shoes to children in need in Tanzania. Name:  Floor Weenen Job Title: Marketing Coordinator EMEA Number of Years at TOMS: 1 ½ years Hometown: Amsterdam…

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TRAVELING TOMS : @Clairoushkah

We are always inspired by the places our customers go wearing TOMS shoes, and especially by seeing how every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and in the day-to-day. Now it’s our turn to inspire you by sharing the story of Claire, a young hedonist with a hunger for adventure and discovery. Name:  Claire alias @Clairoushkah City: Paris Occupation : Social Media Manager for Frichti Hobby : Cooking  Where have your TOMS taken you? The last place my TOMS took me was to Italy, for an Ancient Roman weekend birthday celebration in the magnificent city of Rome! And in a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Camp Erin

Employee Name: Larry Cohen Title: Supply Chain Wholesale Customer Service, Majors Lead Tomorrows Project: Kids Learn to Cope with Grief Together Camp Tagline: Send 5 kids to grief support camp What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is to support children to attend the Los Angeles chapter of Camp Erin, a grief support camp that brings kids together who’ve had a recent family death and provides free support, healing and community in a fun weekend camp environment. A majority of Camp Erin LA campers come from underserved and inner-city communities, many of who have never been to camp before, nor…

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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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Marketplace Feature: Melody Murray, Founder of JOYN

July 28th, 2014 by TOMS

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What compelled you and your husband to travel to Uganda your first summer as newlyweds?

We were crazy – crazy in love and crazy dreamers. We had big dreams from the day we met. David and I grew up in amazing families with opportunities to travel, receive a good education, expand our world view at young ages. We both had a desire to give others who were less fortunate the opportunities that we had been gifted our entire lives. This is one of the main things that drew us to each other initially and still drives us closer to each other today. We wanted to start our marriage doing exactly what we’d dreamt of doing from the day we met, so we dove right in. It was an incredible experience that has shaped the next 15 years of our marriage.

When did India first come into the picture for you? How did you decide India would be the home for JOYN?

David and I had been working for a development-based business in Tibet for the past 7 years. We were based mainly in the US and traveled back and forth to Tibet multiple times a year. We never felt compelled to move to Tibet, but knew we wanted to eventually live overseas and work among struggling artisan groups. In the fall of 2009, we were contacted by politicians in Washington DC who wanted to help a small community in northern India in which they had connections with via the Dali Lama. They had heard about our work with Tibetans and asked us to consult with them to start businesses. When we heard of the opportunity, we very quickly knew it was made for us and we moved our family and our lives to the Himalayas in northern India in June 2010.

You partner with a nonprofit, JoyCrops, can you tell us a little bit about them and how you work with them?

David and I really believe that small business development is one of the best ways to pull people out of the poverty cycle long term. However, starting a business in the middle of a struggling community is nearly impossible without some help. For a community to pull itself out of poverty and begin to thrive, it will need more than just jobs. It needs to get healthy. This is where a non-profit, community development focused organization comes in. We helped create JoyCorps (like peacecorps) in order to support Development Entrepreneurs and their community thrive. One of my closest friends, Rachel Meisel, runs the organization and her Board are close friends of ours. JoyCorps works hard to support community development efforts in our town to help our artisans thrive – from educating our artisans children, to providing medical funds, furthering education and english training, they are behind us each step of the way.

Each handmade piece goes through a 12 step process -“a model of purposeful inefficiency -” you’ve called it. Can you explain this model and walk us through the production process?

We value people and we value the work of their hands. One way to increase opportunity amongst those most marginalized in society is to value what is made by hand vs. machine. When we started JOYN, we purposefully chose processes that used as many hands as possible, no machines, no electricity. Our cotton is grown locally, harvested, washed, carded, spun, woven, block printed and stitched without the use of any machines, rather the use of many, many pairs of hands. This creates more jobs, which is why JOYN was started.

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What is the creative process like when designing new products? Do you pull a lot of inspiration from your environment in India and Indian culture?

I have grown to love design. I used to say that I wasn’t a Designer, but I realize now that my life and my experiences have made me into one. Everything has the ability to inspire. I eat, breath, dream designs. So many of my ideas come to me in my sleep – while I’m dreaming, or just waking in the morning. India is definitely an inspiration. Just today, I was walking down my lane and seeing ideas popping out at me on every corner. India is bursting with life, color, diversity, noise, JOY! We have a team of local designers – Indian, American, South African – all living here, that pull lines together quarterly. Between the 3 of us, we collaborate and come up with our designs. We are happy and proud to be doing this in-house and in India.

How do you measure your success? (personally and/or as a team, company)

Personal success for me is whether I grow and thrive as a wife, mother and leader more each year. “To whom much is given, much is required.” To me, success means that I’m sharing my blessings, talents, time and opportunities with those who God brings into my life. First with my husband, then my children, then the community that I’m thankful to be a part of. Success for us as a company is to create JOY, lasting JOY, in the lives of those around us and to continue to expand and increase our influence with as many as we can.

When you founded JOYN, what was is that you wanted to achieve back then? Has that vision changed/ evolved as you have grown?

Thankfully, my vision hasn’t changed in the past 15 years of my life – it just continues to grow. I dream bigger every day. My vision – to share my life, experiences, blessings, opportunities and skills with those who have not had what I’ve been handed my whole life. To create as many jobs as possible, bringing sustainable joy and opportunity.

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The most successful people are the ones who take big risks, which often can lead to spectacular failures.  Can you describe a time when you overcame a major failure and can you explain how you coped?

I fail daily. Its part of learning. I’m so thankful for my failures – I’ve definitely had my share of spectacular ones. My husband and I were a part of a similar venture in Tibet for over 7 years and its difficult to admit that it failed, but in many ways it did. We put all of our eggs in one basket, grew increasingly in debt, had very little experience in understanding our market and failed miserably with “team”. All in all, we learned a lot of “what not to do”. However, I believe that God can redeem any failure. You cope by believing that everything is redeemable. Nothing is accidental. We also experienced bankruptcy as a young couple, due to a Realestate partnership that went downhill quickly during the housing bubble and following recession in 2007. You live and you learn and I’m better and stronger because of it. I’m sure I’ll have many, many more to come!

What’s next for JOYN? Where do you see the company in 5 years?

I have so much in store for JOYN and I dream daily about all that might come of it. When you experience something this transformational – lives being changed for the good – it becomes addictive. I feel like the most privileged girl in the world; to see change in my own life and in those around me. We have begun to replicate JOYN in multiple cities in India and my desire would be for our model to infect thousands with lasting JOY, sustainable work, and thriving communities.

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To learn more about JOYN and to shop JOYN on TOMS Marketplace click here.

TOMS Stories - TOMS Official Blog

TRAVELING TOMS : @RAYAWASHERE

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, and how they show gratitude in their travels and their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Raya, “a travel and lifestyle vlogger and instagrammer on a journey to explore the Earth, seek magic and spread love”. Name: Raya Encheva  Hometown: Ruse, Bulgaria Occupation: Travel and Lifestyle Youtuber and Instagrammer Hobby: Traveling, taking photos, filming, anything that gets me outside in nature, finding epic places to watch the sunset, loving life. Where are your TOMS taking you? This year alone, my TOMS have taken me to 11 countries across 6…

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The Tomorrows Project: Tech Seed

Employee Name: Jose Miranda Title:  Sr. Helpdesk Specialist Tomorrows Project: TechSeed Tagline: 40 Laptops for 40 Kids   What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project TechSeed sprouted from the idea of giving kids technology to grow.  The project goal was to refurbish 40 TOMS end-of-life laptops into 40 like-new laptops for LA’s BEST KidTech program. What inspired you to create this Tomorrow? I work in our IT department and saw many end-of-life laptops marked for e-cycling. I knew that the laptops just needed some new parts and would be back in working condition. That’s when it clicked. I could…

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Floor, Marketing coordinator at TOMS, shares her Giving story in Tanzania

Today’s story is Floor, Marketing coordinator at TOMS. Most days you will find her working with the Marketing team and conceptualising all kind of projects to bring our One for One® movement to life. In January, Floor went to Tanzania and came back with an inspiring story that we could not wait to share with you. TOMS has been giving in Tanzania since early 2011. To date, TOMS and our network of Giving Partners have given over 1.3M shoes to children in need in Tanzania. Name:  Floor Weenen Job Title: Marketing Coordinator EMEA Number of Years at TOMS: 1 ½ years Hometown: Amsterdam…

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TRAVELING TOMS : @Clairoushkah

We are always inspired by the places our customers go wearing TOMS shoes, and especially by seeing how every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and in the day-to-day. Now it’s our turn to inspire you by sharing the story of Claire, a young hedonist with a hunger for adventure and discovery. Name:  Claire alias @Clairoushkah City: Paris Occupation : Social Media Manager for Frichti Hobby : Cooking  Where have your TOMS taken you? The last place my TOMS took me was to Italy, for an Ancient Roman weekend birthday celebration in the magnificent city of Rome! And in a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Camp Erin

Employee Name: Larry Cohen Title: Supply Chain Wholesale Customer Service, Majors Lead Tomorrows Project: Kids Learn to Cope with Grief Together Camp Tagline: Send 5 kids to grief support camp What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is to support children to attend the Los Angeles chapter of Camp Erin, a grief support camp that brings kids together who’ve had a recent family death and provides free support, healing and community in a fun weekend camp environment. A majority of Camp Erin LA campers come from underserved and inner-city communities, many of who have never been to camp before, nor…

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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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TOMS Stories - TOMS Official Blog

TRAVELING TOMS : @RAYAWASHERE

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, and how they show gratitude in their travels and their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Raya, “a travel and lifestyle vlogger and instagrammer on a journey to explore the Earth, seek magic and spread love”. Name: Raya Encheva  Hometown: Ruse, Bulgaria Occupation: Travel and Lifestyle Youtuber and Instagrammer Hobby: Traveling, taking photos, filming, anything that gets me outside in nature, finding epic places to watch the sunset, loving life. Where are your TOMS taking you? This year alone, my TOMS have taken me to 11 countries across 6…

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The Tomorrows Project: Tech Seed

Employee Name: Jose Miranda Title:  Sr. Helpdesk Specialist Tomorrows Project: TechSeed Tagline: 40 Laptops for 40 Kids   What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project TechSeed sprouted from the idea of giving kids technology to grow.  The project goal was to refurbish 40 TOMS end-of-life laptops into 40 like-new laptops for LA’s BEST KidTech program. What inspired you to create this Tomorrow? I work in our IT department and saw many end-of-life laptops marked for e-cycling. I knew that the laptops just needed some new parts and would be back in working condition. That’s when it clicked. I could…

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Floor, Marketing coordinator at TOMS, shares her Giving story in Tanzania

Today’s story is Floor, Marketing coordinator at TOMS. Most days you will find her working with the Marketing team and conceptualising all kind of projects to bring our One for One® movement to life. In January, Floor went to Tanzania and came back with an inspiring story that we could not wait to share with you. TOMS has been giving in Tanzania since early 2011. To date, TOMS and our network of Giving Partners have given over 1.3M shoes to children in need in Tanzania. Name:  Floor Weenen Job Title: Marketing Coordinator EMEA Number of Years at TOMS: 1 ½ years Hometown: Amsterdam…

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TRAVELING TOMS : @Clairoushkah

We are always inspired by the places our customers go wearing TOMS shoes, and especially by seeing how every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and in the day-to-day. Now it’s our turn to inspire you by sharing the story of Claire, a young hedonist with a hunger for adventure and discovery. Name:  Claire alias @Clairoushkah City: Paris Occupation : Social Media Manager for Frichti Hobby : Cooking  Where have your TOMS taken you? The last place my TOMS took me was to Italy, for an Ancient Roman weekend birthday celebration in the magnificent city of Rome! And in a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Camp Erin

Employee Name: Larry Cohen Title: Supply Chain Wholesale Customer Service, Majors Lead Tomorrows Project: Kids Learn to Cope with Grief Together Camp Tagline: Send 5 kids to grief support camp What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is to support children to attend the Los Angeles chapter of Camp Erin, a grief support camp that brings kids together who’ve had a recent family death and provides free support, healing and community in a fun weekend camp environment. A majority of Camp Erin LA campers come from underserved and inner-city communities, many of who have never been to camp before, nor…

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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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TRAVELING TOMS : @RAYAWASHERE

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, and how they show gratitude in their travels and their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Raya, “a travel and lifestyle vlogger and instagrammer on a journey to explore the Earth, seek magic and spread love”. Name: Raya Encheva  Hometown: Ruse, Bulgaria Occupation: Travel and Lifestyle Youtuber and Instagrammer Hobby: Traveling, taking photos, filming, anything that gets me outside in nature, finding epic places to watch the sunset, loving life. Where are your TOMS taking you? This year alone, my TOMS have taken me to 11 countries across 6…

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The Tomorrows Project: Tech Seed

Employee Name: Jose Miranda Title:  Sr. Helpdesk Specialist Tomorrows Project: TechSeed Tagline: 40 Laptops for 40 Kids   What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project TechSeed sprouted from the idea of giving kids technology to grow.  The project goal was to refurbish 40 TOMS end-of-life laptops into 40 like-new laptops for LA’s BEST KidTech program. What inspired you to create this Tomorrow? I work in our IT department and saw many end-of-life laptops marked for e-cycling. I knew that the laptops just needed some new parts and would be back in working condition. That’s when it clicked. I could…

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Floor, Marketing coordinator at TOMS, shares her Giving story in Tanzania

Today’s story is Floor, Marketing coordinator at TOMS. Most days you will find her working with the Marketing team and conceptualising all kind of projects to bring our One for One® movement to life. In January, Floor went to Tanzania and came back with an inspiring story that we could not wait to share with you. TOMS has been giving in Tanzania since early 2011. To date, TOMS and our network of Giving Partners have given over 1.3M shoes to children in need in Tanzania. Name:  Floor Weenen Job Title: Marketing Coordinator EMEA Number of Years at TOMS: 1 ½ years Hometown: Amsterdam…

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TRAVELING TOMS : @Clairoushkah

We are always inspired by the places our customers go wearing TOMS shoes, and especially by seeing how every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and in the day-to-day. Now it’s our turn to inspire you by sharing the story of Claire, a young hedonist with a hunger for adventure and discovery. Name:  Claire alias @Clairoushkah City: Paris Occupation : Social Media Manager for Frichti Hobby : Cooking  Where have your TOMS taken you? The last place my TOMS took me was to Italy, for an Ancient Roman weekend birthday celebration in the magnificent city of Rome! And in a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Camp Erin

Employee Name: Larry Cohen Title: Supply Chain Wholesale Customer Service, Majors Lead Tomorrows Project: Kids Learn to Cope with Grief Together Camp Tagline: Send 5 kids to grief support camp What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is to support children to attend the Los Angeles chapter of Camp Erin, a grief support camp that brings kids together who’ve had a recent family death and provides free support, healing and community in a fun weekend camp environment. A majority of Camp Erin LA campers come from underserved and inner-city communities, many of who have never been to camp before, nor…

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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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TRAVELING TOMS : @RAYAWASHERE

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, and how they show gratitude in their travels and their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Raya, “a travel and lifestyle vlogger and instagrammer on a journey to explore the Earth, seek magic and spread love”. Name: Raya Encheva  Hometown: Ruse, Bulgaria Occupation: Travel and Lifestyle Youtuber and Instagrammer Hobby: Traveling, taking photos, filming, anything that gets me outside in nature, finding epic places to watch the sunset, loving life. Where are your TOMS taking you? This year alone, my TOMS have taken me to 11 countries across 6…

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The Tomorrows Project: Tech Seed

Employee Name: Jose Miranda Title:  Sr. Helpdesk Specialist Tomorrows Project: TechSeed Tagline: 40 Laptops for 40 Kids   What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project TechSeed sprouted from the idea of giving kids technology to grow.  The project goal was to refurbish 40 TOMS end-of-life laptops into 40 like-new laptops for LA’s BEST KidTech program. What inspired you to create this Tomorrow? I work in our IT department and saw many end-of-life laptops marked for e-cycling. I knew that the laptops just needed some new parts and would be back in working condition. That’s when it clicked. I could…

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Floor, Marketing coordinator at TOMS, shares her Giving story in Tanzania

Today’s story is Floor, Marketing coordinator at TOMS. Most days you will find her working with the Marketing team and conceptualising all kind of projects to bring our One for One® movement to life. In January, Floor went to Tanzania and came back with an inspiring story that we could not wait to share with you. TOMS has been giving in Tanzania since early 2011. To date, TOMS and our network of Giving Partners have given over 1.3M shoes to children in need in Tanzania. Name:  Floor Weenen Job Title: Marketing Coordinator EMEA Number of Years at TOMS: 1 ½ years Hometown: Amsterdam…

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TRAVELING TOMS : @Clairoushkah

We are always inspired by the places our customers go wearing TOMS shoes, and especially by seeing how every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and in the day-to-day. Now it’s our turn to inspire you by sharing the story of Claire, a young hedonist with a hunger for adventure and discovery. Name:  Claire alias @Clairoushkah City: Paris Occupation : Social Media Manager for Frichti Hobby : Cooking  Where have your TOMS taken you? The last place my TOMS took me was to Italy, for an Ancient Roman weekend birthday celebration in the magnificent city of Rome! And in a…

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The Tomorrows Project: Camp Erin

Employee Name: Larry Cohen Title: Supply Chain Wholesale Customer Service, Majors Lead Tomorrows Project: Kids Learn to Cope with Grief Together Camp Tagline: Send 5 kids to grief support camp What is your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is to support children to attend the Los Angeles chapter of Camp Erin, a grief support camp that brings kids together who’ve had a recent family death and provides free support, healing and community in a fun weekend camp environment. A majority of Camp Erin LA campers come from underserved and inner-city communities, many of who have never been to camp before, nor…

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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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