The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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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.

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The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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The Tomorrows Project: Le Recho

Employee Name: Jojanneke Goedhart Employee Job Title: Traffic and Production Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title: The Recho Project Tagline: Ten young women join forces to bring a food truck to a French refugee camp. Tell us about Le Recho. Le Recho, meaning ‘the Stove’ in English, is a non-profit food truck project started by ten young women in France. The aim of the project is to bring life to a refugee camp in France through cooking workshops and meals.  The project hopes to create bonds and help foster the integration of refugees. I first heard about Le Recho through a good…

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TRAVELING TOMS: @wearetravellersnl

We are always inspired to see where people go in their TOMS, not least because every experience is an expression of gratitude – both while travelling and in everyday life. This time we introduce you to Roëll, a traveller in heart and soul, and founder of one of the best known online travel magazines in the Netherlands: We Are Travellers. Name: Roëll de Ram Hometown: Utrecht Occupation: Travel blogger Hobbies: Travel, dancing, photography and cooking or trying out dishes in new restaurants Where do your TOMS take you? This time my TOMS took me to the Big Apple, the “concrete…

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The Tomorrows Project: FEDUP

Employee Name: Marlon Pearce Title: Sr. Merchandise Planner Tomorrows Project: FEDUP Tagline: Spreading Hope for the Homeless What is your Tomorrows Project? For my Tomorrows Project, I am supporting FEDUP, an outreach program for LA’s homeless population that provides food, supplies, and a sense of HOPE through comfort and conversation. There are over 41,000 people in LA county who sleep on the streets or shelters every night and that population has increased by 11% from 2015. My Tomorrows Project is funding updating FEDUP’s website, organizing five meal giveaway events and providing basic supplies (tents, sleeping bags, etc) to the most…

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Locals Who Give Back: Kestutis | Lithuania

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, by how they show gratitude and give back to their communities every day. This time let us introduce you to Kestutis Navickas, Kestutis Navickas, 32, is Lithuanian badminton champion and a great giver, who is constantly initiating and supporting different charitable initiatives related to kids, predominantly raising money to cancer-related funds. Name:  Kestutis Navickas Hometown: Kaunas Occupation: Badminton professional and coacher Hobby: Fashion What do you enjoy the most about the environment you work in? I mostly enjoy the possibility to meet international, successful people with creative and interesting characters, people working…

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Passport Rewards Members Support Disaster Relief

This month we are celebrating by sharing gratitude for our TOMS Tribe. One initiative you may have noticed recently on our Passport Rewards is the ability to give back to events or needs, immediately! This is initiative was the quick thinking of our Ecommerce Team. Today, we wanted to share a special note of thanks. Thank you to our loyal Passport Rewards members! Your stamps toward Giving rewards helped TOMS support the following organizations and programs provide immediate response to those in need. We are happy to share that most recently funds have been dispersed to the following organizations to…

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Grateful for Our Partners

The holidays provide a special time to count our blessings and express thanks. But it is important to remember that gratitude is more than giving thanks once. Gratitude is the act of living in a constant state of thankfulness, and being always ready to return the kindness you witness and receive. At TOMS, we are so grateful for the work our Giving Partners do each and every day. During the Season of Thanks, they are on the top of our list. But I believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship; to think about…

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Locals Who Give Back: Elmer | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Elmer from White Label Coffee, a specialty coffee roasters company from Amsterdam. Name:  Elmer Hometown: Amsterdam Occupation: Co-founder at White Label Coffee Hobby: Natural Wine Tell us what you enjoy most about the neighbourhood you work in? What I enjoy the most about the neighbourhood where we’ve established White Label Coffee is its diversity. It’s a developing district with a variety of stores and people. I love the raw and mixed…

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The Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies

Employee Name: Natasha D’Agrosa Title: Giving Account Specialist/Giving Trip Lead Tomorrows Project: Brave Trails: a Leadership Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Tagline: Funding Towards Social Entrepreneurship Tell us about Camp Brave Trails. Camp Brave Trails is a summer camp focused on leadership for the LGBTQ youth and allies community that was founded in 2014 in Southern California. The Brave Trails Mission is to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer,…

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