THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Defy the Odds

Employee name | Molly Virostek Employee job title | Social Entrepreneurship Marketing Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title | Defy the Odds Project Tagline | Help 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training) transform their hustle and defy the odds with a Defy Ventures scholarship.   Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project provided a Defy Ventures scholarship to 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training), empowering them to transform their hustle and defy the odds. Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently incarcerated men and women. An MBA style training program, Defy believes these incarcerated…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA

• Employee Name: Elena Smith • Employee Job Title: Executive Assistant • Tomorrows Project Title: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA • Project Tagline: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supports the non-profit Corazon De Vida Foundation that helps sustain ten orphanages in Baja California, Mexico. Corazon de Vida provides the financial support necessary to keep over 700 children fed, clothed and properly cared for. However, the organization stuggles to provide more than basic day-to-day necessities for the children they serve. Ever since I started volunteering with the organization,…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: One Step Further

Employee Name: Alex Lithwick Employee Job Title: Director, Strategy & Reporting Tomorrows Project Title: One Step Further Project Tagline: At TOMS, we give the gift of shoes… why don’t we go ONE STEP FURTHER and give the gift of walking? Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project  funded orthopedic care programs and equipment for the Venice Family Clinic focusing on Pediatrics. Venice family clinic’s mission is to provide quality primary healthcare to people in need. Venice Family Clinic provides free and affordable health care for low-income, uninsured and homeless families and individuals. They serve over 24,000 patients each…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Amazonian Reforestation

• Employee Name: Ricky Chhabra • Employee Job Title: Finance Analyst • Tomorrows Project Title: Amazonian Reforestation • Project Tagline: Reduce and Offset Climate Impact Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project focuses on climate change because I believe it will be one of the largest threats to our civilization within our generation. My project supports an existing conservation project by CarbonFund.org in Brazil called The Envira Amazonia Project. The Envira Amazonia Project aims to reduce more than 12.5 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, while preserving approximately 500,000 acres of Brazil’s Amazonian tropical rainforest. The project…

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Seva Celebrating 500,000 Sight Saving Services

TOMS Eyewear launched in 2011, seeking to provide solutions for preventable blindness around the world. We are proud to announce that we have reached the milestone of helping to restore sight for 500,000 individuals. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing TOMS supporters and our Sight Giving Partners. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Seva Storyteller, Maggie Vizcarra. Read on to learn more about the impact we are making together: Imagine 500,000 individuals having a life changing experience. This isn’t the ‘wow that was a good cup of coffee’ experience. I am talking about…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Foster Youth with a Future

Name: Philip Corpuz Job Title: Global Transportation Coordinator Tomorrow’s Project: Foster Youth with a Future Tagline: Preparing Foster Youth for success towards adulthood with educational programs. Tell us about your Tomorrow’s Project. My Tomorrows Project is to help enrich the current and former foster youth in the Los Angeles area through the non-profit organization United Friends of the Children. Since 1979, UFC has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community with early advocacy efforts that helped establish the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. My Tomorrows Project…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Angel Hanz for the Homeless

Name: Holli Schmidt Job Title: Executive Assistant Tomorrows Project Title: Angel Hanz for the Homeless Project Tagline: Let’s Never Forget About the Pets Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supported Angel Hanz for the Homeless to replenish much needed supplies for the homeless and their pets in the greater Los Angeles area. My Tomorrows Project provided care packages and supplies such as tent shelters, sleeping bags, clothing, hygiene products, blankets, leashes, pet food and pet beds to go to homeless people and their pets. The supplies will be passed out at a monthly distribution event. Also, thanks…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Anything Can Be Fund

Name:  Laurie Flenner Job Title:  Service Delivery Manager – IT Tomorrow’s Project: “Anything Can Be” Fund Tagline:  Extracurricular Scholarships for children in need in Culver City, CA Tell us about your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is focused on creating the “Anything Can Be” Fund in Culver City, CA. The “Anything Can Be” Fund provides approximately 30 local students with scholarships to participate in programs like soccer, piano, dance or martial arts, that develop skills and empower them to succeed. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate in these valuable extracurricular activities, however they can often…

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Discover the Regions Where We Give: Guatemala

Guatemala, the Land of Eternal Spring, is a country where TOMS has had a long-standing relationship through giving and is the inspiration for this season’s Regions Where We Give shoe! When on a recent trip, our product design team fell in love with the sweeping landscapes, rich culture and brightly colored textiles found at local markets. Since 2011, TOMS has given over 2.2 million pairs of new shoes in Guatemala with our Giving Partners ADRI, AmeriCares, Buckner, Children International and Feed the Children. Shoes are used to support their many programs, ranging from health, education, economic advancement and nutrition and…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Defy the Odds

Employee name | Molly Virostek Employee job title | Social Entrepreneurship Marketing Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title | Defy the Odds Project Tagline | Help 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training) transform their hustle and defy the odds with a Defy Ventures scholarship.   Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project provided a Defy Ventures scholarship to 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training), empowering them to transform their hustle and defy the odds. Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently incarcerated men and women. An MBA style training program, Defy believes these incarcerated…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA

• Employee Name: Elena Smith • Employee Job Title: Executive Assistant • Tomorrows Project Title: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA • Project Tagline: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supports the non-profit Corazon De Vida Foundation that helps sustain ten orphanages in Baja California, Mexico. Corazon de Vida provides the financial support necessary to keep over 700 children fed, clothed and properly cared for. However, the organization stuggles to provide more than basic day-to-day necessities for the children they serve. Ever since I started volunteering with the organization,…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: One Step Further

Employee Name: Alex Lithwick Employee Job Title: Director, Strategy & Reporting Tomorrows Project Title: One Step Further Project Tagline: At TOMS, we give the gift of shoes… why don’t we go ONE STEP FURTHER and give the gift of walking? Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project  funded orthopedic care programs and equipment for the Venice Family Clinic focusing on Pediatrics. Venice family clinic’s mission is to provide quality primary healthcare to people in need. Venice Family Clinic provides free and affordable health care for low-income, uninsured and homeless families and individuals. They serve over 24,000 patients each…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Amazonian Reforestation

• Employee Name: Ricky Chhabra • Employee Job Title: Finance Analyst • Tomorrows Project Title: Amazonian Reforestation • Project Tagline: Reduce and Offset Climate Impact Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project focuses on climate change because I believe it will be one of the largest threats to our civilization within our generation. My project supports an existing conservation project by CarbonFund.org in Brazil called The Envira Amazonia Project. The Envira Amazonia Project aims to reduce more than 12.5 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, while preserving approximately 500,000 acres of Brazil’s Amazonian tropical rainforest. The project…

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Seva Celebrating 500,000 Sight Saving Services

TOMS Eyewear launched in 2011, seeking to provide solutions for preventable blindness around the world. We are proud to announce that we have reached the milestone of helping to restore sight for 500,000 individuals. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing TOMS supporters and our Sight Giving Partners. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Seva Storyteller, Maggie Vizcarra. Read on to learn more about the impact we are making together: Imagine 500,000 individuals having a life changing experience. This isn’t the ‘wow that was a good cup of coffee’ experience. I am talking about…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Foster Youth with a Future

Name: Philip Corpuz Job Title: Global Transportation Coordinator Tomorrow’s Project: Foster Youth with a Future Tagline: Preparing Foster Youth for success towards adulthood with educational programs. Tell us about your Tomorrow’s Project. My Tomorrows Project is to help enrich the current and former foster youth in the Los Angeles area through the non-profit organization United Friends of the Children. Since 1979, UFC has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community with early advocacy efforts that helped establish the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. My Tomorrows Project…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Angel Hanz for the Homeless

Name: Holli Schmidt Job Title: Executive Assistant Tomorrows Project Title: Angel Hanz for the Homeless Project Tagline: Let’s Never Forget About the Pets Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supported Angel Hanz for the Homeless to replenish much needed supplies for the homeless and their pets in the greater Los Angeles area. My Tomorrows Project provided care packages and supplies such as tent shelters, sleeping bags, clothing, hygiene products, blankets, leashes, pet food and pet beds to go to homeless people and their pets. The supplies will be passed out at a monthly distribution event. Also, thanks…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Anything Can Be Fund

Name:  Laurie Flenner Job Title:  Service Delivery Manager – IT Tomorrow’s Project: “Anything Can Be” Fund Tagline:  Extracurricular Scholarships for children in need in Culver City, CA Tell us about your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is focused on creating the “Anything Can Be” Fund in Culver City, CA. The “Anything Can Be” Fund provides approximately 30 local students with scholarships to participate in programs like soccer, piano, dance or martial arts, that develop skills and empower them to succeed. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate in these valuable extracurricular activities, however they can often…

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Discover the Regions Where We Give: Guatemala

Guatemala, the Land of Eternal Spring, is a country where TOMS has had a long-standing relationship through giving and is the inspiration for this season’s Regions Where We Give shoe! When on a recent trip, our product design team fell in love with the sweeping landscapes, rich culture and brightly colored textiles found at local markets. Since 2011, TOMS has given over 2.2 million pairs of new shoes in Guatemala with our Giving Partners ADRI, AmeriCares, Buckner, Children International and Feed the Children. Shoes are used to support their many programs, ranging from health, education, economic advancement and nutrition and…

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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: Defy the Odds

Employee name | Molly Virostek Employee job title | Social Entrepreneurship Marketing Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title | Defy the Odds Project Tagline | Help 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training) transform their hustle and defy the odds with a Defy Ventures scholarship.   Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project provided a Defy Ventures scholarship to 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training), empowering them to transform their hustle and defy the odds. Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently incarcerated men and women. An MBA style training program, Defy believes these incarcerated…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA

• Employee Name: Elena Smith • Employee Job Title: Executive Assistant • Tomorrows Project Title: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA • Project Tagline: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supports the non-profit Corazon De Vida Foundation that helps sustain ten orphanages in Baja California, Mexico. Corazon de Vida provides the financial support necessary to keep over 700 children fed, clothed and properly cared for. However, the organization stuggles to provide more than basic day-to-day necessities for the children they serve. Ever since I started volunteering with the organization,…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: One Step Further

Employee Name: Alex Lithwick Employee Job Title: Director, Strategy & Reporting Tomorrows Project Title: One Step Further Project Tagline: At TOMS, we give the gift of shoes… why don’t we go ONE STEP FURTHER and give the gift of walking? Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project  funded orthopedic care programs and equipment for the Venice Family Clinic focusing on Pediatrics. Venice family clinic’s mission is to provide quality primary healthcare to people in need. Venice Family Clinic provides free and affordable health care for low-income, uninsured and homeless families and individuals. They serve over 24,000 patients each…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Amazonian Reforestation

• Employee Name: Ricky Chhabra • Employee Job Title: Finance Analyst • Tomorrows Project Title: Amazonian Reforestation • Project Tagline: Reduce and Offset Climate Impact Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project focuses on climate change because I believe it will be one of the largest threats to our civilization within our generation. My project supports an existing conservation project by CarbonFund.org in Brazil called The Envira Amazonia Project. The Envira Amazonia Project aims to reduce more than 12.5 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, while preserving approximately 500,000 acres of Brazil’s Amazonian tropical rainforest. The project…

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Seva Celebrating 500,000 Sight Saving Services

TOMS Eyewear launched in 2011, seeking to provide solutions for preventable blindness around the world. We are proud to announce that we have reached the milestone of helping to restore sight for 500,000 individuals. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing TOMS supporters and our Sight Giving Partners. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Seva Storyteller, Maggie Vizcarra. Read on to learn more about the impact we are making together: Imagine 500,000 individuals having a life changing experience. This isn’t the ‘wow that was a good cup of coffee’ experience. I am talking about…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Foster Youth with a Future

Name: Philip Corpuz Job Title: Global Transportation Coordinator Tomorrow’s Project: Foster Youth with a Future Tagline: Preparing Foster Youth for success towards adulthood with educational programs. Tell us about your Tomorrow’s Project. My Tomorrows Project is to help enrich the current and former foster youth in the Los Angeles area through the non-profit organization United Friends of the Children. Since 1979, UFC has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community with early advocacy efforts that helped establish the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. My Tomorrows Project…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Angel Hanz for the Homeless

Name: Holli Schmidt Job Title: Executive Assistant Tomorrows Project Title: Angel Hanz for the Homeless Project Tagline: Let’s Never Forget About the Pets Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supported Angel Hanz for the Homeless to replenish much needed supplies for the homeless and their pets in the greater Los Angeles area. My Tomorrows Project provided care packages and supplies such as tent shelters, sleeping bags, clothing, hygiene products, blankets, leashes, pet food and pet beds to go to homeless people and their pets. The supplies will be passed out at a monthly distribution event. Also, thanks…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Anything Can Be Fund

Name:  Laurie Flenner Job Title:  Service Delivery Manager – IT Tomorrow’s Project: “Anything Can Be” Fund Tagline:  Extracurricular Scholarships for children in need in Culver City, CA Tell us about your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is focused on creating the “Anything Can Be” Fund in Culver City, CA. The “Anything Can Be” Fund provides approximately 30 local students with scholarships to participate in programs like soccer, piano, dance or martial arts, that develop skills and empower them to succeed. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate in these valuable extracurricular activities, however they can often…

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Discover the Regions Where We Give: Guatemala

Guatemala, the Land of Eternal Spring, is a country where TOMS has had a long-standing relationship through giving and is the inspiration for this season’s Regions Where We Give shoe! When on a recent trip, our product design team fell in love with the sweeping landscapes, rich culture and brightly colored textiles found at local markets. Since 2011, TOMS has given over 2.2 million pairs of new shoes in Guatemala with our Giving Partners ADRI, AmeriCares, Buckner, Children International and Feed the Children. Shoes are used to support their many programs, ranging from health, education, economic advancement and nutrition and…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Defy the Odds

Employee name | Molly Virostek Employee job title | Social Entrepreneurship Marketing Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title | Defy the Odds Project Tagline | Help 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training) transform their hustle and defy the odds with a Defy Ventures scholarship.   Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project provided a Defy Ventures scholarship to 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training), empowering them to transform their hustle and defy the odds. Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently incarcerated men and women. An MBA style training program, Defy believes these incarcerated…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA

• Employee Name: Elena Smith • Employee Job Title: Executive Assistant • Tomorrows Project Title: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA • Project Tagline: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supports the non-profit Corazon De Vida Foundation that helps sustain ten orphanages in Baja California, Mexico. Corazon de Vida provides the financial support necessary to keep over 700 children fed, clothed and properly cared for. However, the organization stuggles to provide more than basic day-to-day necessities for the children they serve. Ever since I started volunteering with the organization,…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: One Step Further

Employee Name: Alex Lithwick Employee Job Title: Director, Strategy & Reporting Tomorrows Project Title: One Step Further Project Tagline: At TOMS, we give the gift of shoes… why don’t we go ONE STEP FURTHER and give the gift of walking? Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project  funded orthopedic care programs and equipment for the Venice Family Clinic focusing on Pediatrics. Venice family clinic’s mission is to provide quality primary healthcare to people in need. Venice Family Clinic provides free and affordable health care for low-income, uninsured and homeless families and individuals. They serve over 24,000 patients each…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Amazonian Reforestation

• Employee Name: Ricky Chhabra • Employee Job Title: Finance Analyst • Tomorrows Project Title: Amazonian Reforestation • Project Tagline: Reduce and Offset Climate Impact Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project focuses on climate change because I believe it will be one of the largest threats to our civilization within our generation. My project supports an existing conservation project by CarbonFund.org in Brazil called The Envira Amazonia Project. The Envira Amazonia Project aims to reduce more than 12.5 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, while preserving approximately 500,000 acres of Brazil’s Amazonian tropical rainforest. The project…

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Seva Celebrating 500,000 Sight Saving Services

TOMS Eyewear launched in 2011, seeking to provide solutions for preventable blindness around the world. We are proud to announce that we have reached the milestone of helping to restore sight for 500,000 individuals. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing TOMS supporters and our Sight Giving Partners. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Seva Storyteller, Maggie Vizcarra. Read on to learn more about the impact we are making together: Imagine 500,000 individuals having a life changing experience. This isn’t the ‘wow that was a good cup of coffee’ experience. I am talking about…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Foster Youth with a Future

Name: Philip Corpuz Job Title: Global Transportation Coordinator Tomorrow’s Project: Foster Youth with a Future Tagline: Preparing Foster Youth for success towards adulthood with educational programs. Tell us about your Tomorrow’s Project. My Tomorrows Project is to help enrich the current and former foster youth in the Los Angeles area through the non-profit organization United Friends of the Children. Since 1979, UFC has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community with early advocacy efforts that helped establish the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. My Tomorrows Project…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Angel Hanz for the Homeless

Name: Holli Schmidt Job Title: Executive Assistant Tomorrows Project Title: Angel Hanz for the Homeless Project Tagline: Let’s Never Forget About the Pets Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supported Angel Hanz for the Homeless to replenish much needed supplies for the homeless and their pets in the greater Los Angeles area. My Tomorrows Project provided care packages and supplies such as tent shelters, sleeping bags, clothing, hygiene products, blankets, leashes, pet food and pet beds to go to homeless people and their pets. The supplies will be passed out at a monthly distribution event. Also, thanks…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Anything Can Be Fund

Name:  Laurie Flenner Job Title:  Service Delivery Manager – IT Tomorrow’s Project: “Anything Can Be” Fund Tagline:  Extracurricular Scholarships for children in need in Culver City, CA Tell us about your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is focused on creating the “Anything Can Be” Fund in Culver City, CA. The “Anything Can Be” Fund provides approximately 30 local students with scholarships to participate in programs like soccer, piano, dance or martial arts, that develop skills and empower them to succeed. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate in these valuable extracurricular activities, however they can often…

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Discover the Regions Where We Give: Guatemala

Guatemala, the Land of Eternal Spring, is a country where TOMS has had a long-standing relationship through giving and is the inspiration for this season’s Regions Where We Give shoe! When on a recent trip, our product design team fell in love with the sweeping landscapes, rich culture and brightly colored textiles found at local markets. Since 2011, TOMS has given over 2.2 million pairs of new shoes in Guatemala with our Giving Partners ADRI, AmeriCares, Buckner, Children International and Feed the Children. Shoes are used to support their many programs, ranging from health, education, economic advancement and nutrition and…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Defy the Odds

Employee name | Molly Virostek Employee job title | Social Entrepreneurship Marketing Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title | Defy the Odds Project Tagline | Help 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training) transform their hustle and defy the odds with a Defy Ventures scholarship.   Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project provided a Defy Ventures scholarship to 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training), empowering them to transform their hustle and defy the odds. Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently incarcerated men and women. An MBA style training program, Defy believes these incarcerated…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA

• Employee Name: Elena Smith • Employee Job Title: Executive Assistant • Tomorrows Project Title: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA • Project Tagline: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supports the non-profit Corazon De Vida Foundation that helps sustain ten orphanages in Baja California, Mexico. Corazon de Vida provides the financial support necessary to keep over 700 children fed, clothed and properly cared for. However, the organization stuggles to provide more than basic day-to-day necessities for the children they serve. Ever since I started volunteering with the organization,…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: One Step Further

Employee Name: Alex Lithwick Employee Job Title: Director, Strategy & Reporting Tomorrows Project Title: One Step Further Project Tagline: At TOMS, we give the gift of shoes… why don’t we go ONE STEP FURTHER and give the gift of walking? Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project  funded orthopedic care programs and equipment for the Venice Family Clinic focusing on Pediatrics. Venice family clinic’s mission is to provide quality primary healthcare to people in need. Venice Family Clinic provides free and affordable health care for low-income, uninsured and homeless families and individuals. They serve over 24,000 patients each…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Amazonian Reforestation

• Employee Name: Ricky Chhabra • Employee Job Title: Finance Analyst • Tomorrows Project Title: Amazonian Reforestation • Project Tagline: Reduce and Offset Climate Impact Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project focuses on climate change because I believe it will be one of the largest threats to our civilization within our generation. My project supports an existing conservation project by CarbonFund.org in Brazil called The Envira Amazonia Project. The Envira Amazonia Project aims to reduce more than 12.5 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, while preserving approximately 500,000 acres of Brazil’s Amazonian tropical rainforest. The project…

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Seva Celebrating 500,000 Sight Saving Services

TOMS Eyewear launched in 2011, seeking to provide solutions for preventable blindness around the world. We are proud to announce that we have reached the milestone of helping to restore sight for 500,000 individuals. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing TOMS supporters and our Sight Giving Partners. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Seva Storyteller, Maggie Vizcarra. Read on to learn more about the impact we are making together: Imagine 500,000 individuals having a life changing experience. This isn’t the ‘wow that was a good cup of coffee’ experience. I am talking about…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Foster Youth with a Future

Name: Philip Corpuz Job Title: Global Transportation Coordinator Tomorrow’s Project: Foster Youth with a Future Tagline: Preparing Foster Youth for success towards adulthood with educational programs. Tell us about your Tomorrow’s Project. My Tomorrows Project is to help enrich the current and former foster youth in the Los Angeles area through the non-profit organization United Friends of the Children. Since 1979, UFC has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community with early advocacy efforts that helped establish the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. My Tomorrows Project…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Angel Hanz for the Homeless

Name: Holli Schmidt Job Title: Executive Assistant Tomorrows Project Title: Angel Hanz for the Homeless Project Tagline: Let’s Never Forget About the Pets Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supported Angel Hanz for the Homeless to replenish much needed supplies for the homeless and their pets in the greater Los Angeles area. My Tomorrows Project provided care packages and supplies such as tent shelters, sleeping bags, clothing, hygiene products, blankets, leashes, pet food and pet beds to go to homeless people and their pets. The supplies will be passed out at a monthly distribution event. Also, thanks…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Anything Can Be Fund

Name:  Laurie Flenner Job Title:  Service Delivery Manager – IT Tomorrow’s Project: “Anything Can Be” Fund Tagline:  Extracurricular Scholarships for children in need in Culver City, CA Tell us about your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is focused on creating the “Anything Can Be” Fund in Culver City, CA. The “Anything Can Be” Fund provides approximately 30 local students with scholarships to participate in programs like soccer, piano, dance or martial arts, that develop skills and empower them to succeed. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate in these valuable extracurricular activities, however they can often…

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Discover the Regions Where We Give: Guatemala

Guatemala, the Land of Eternal Spring, is a country where TOMS has had a long-standing relationship through giving and is the inspiration for this season’s Regions Where We Give shoe! When on a recent trip, our product design team fell in love with the sweeping landscapes, rich culture and brightly colored textiles found at local markets. Since 2011, TOMS has given over 2.2 million pairs of new shoes in Guatemala with our Giving Partners ADRI, AmeriCares, Buckner, Children International and Feed the Children. Shoes are used to support their many programs, ranging from health, education, economic advancement and nutrition and…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Defy the Odds

Employee name | Molly Virostek Employee job title | Social Entrepreneurship Marketing Coordinator Tomorrows Project Title | Defy the Odds Project Tagline | Help 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training) transform their hustle and defy the odds with a Defy Ventures scholarship.   Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project provided a Defy Ventures scholarship to 20 incarcerated EITs (Entrepreneurs in Training), empowering them to transform their hustle and defy the odds. Defy Ventures is an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for currently incarcerated men and women. An MBA style training program, Defy believes these incarcerated…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA

• Employee Name: Elena Smith • Employee Job Title: Executive Assistant • Tomorrows Project Title: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA • Project Tagline: Provide Aid for Orphans in Baja CA Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supports the non-profit Corazon De Vida Foundation that helps sustain ten orphanages in Baja California, Mexico. Corazon de Vida provides the financial support necessary to keep over 700 children fed, clothed and properly cared for. However, the organization stuggles to provide more than basic day-to-day necessities for the children they serve. Ever since I started volunteering with the organization,…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: One Step Further

Employee Name: Alex Lithwick Employee Job Title: Director, Strategy & Reporting Tomorrows Project Title: One Step Further Project Tagline: At TOMS, we give the gift of shoes… why don’t we go ONE STEP FURTHER and give the gift of walking? Tell us about you Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project  funded orthopedic care programs and equipment for the Venice Family Clinic focusing on Pediatrics. Venice family clinic’s mission is to provide quality primary healthcare to people in need. Venice Family Clinic provides free and affordable health care for low-income, uninsured and homeless families and individuals. They serve over 24,000 patients each…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Amazonian Reforestation

• Employee Name: Ricky Chhabra • Employee Job Title: Finance Analyst • Tomorrows Project Title: Amazonian Reforestation • Project Tagline: Reduce and Offset Climate Impact Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project focuses on climate change because I believe it will be one of the largest threats to our civilization within our generation. My project supports an existing conservation project by CarbonFund.org in Brazil called The Envira Amazonia Project. The Envira Amazonia Project aims to reduce more than 12.5 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, while preserving approximately 500,000 acres of Brazil’s Amazonian tropical rainforest. The project…

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Seva Celebrating 500,000 Sight Saving Services

TOMS Eyewear launched in 2011, seeking to provide solutions for preventable blindness around the world. We are proud to announce that we have reached the milestone of helping to restore sight for 500,000 individuals. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing TOMS supporters and our Sight Giving Partners. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Seva Storyteller, Maggie Vizcarra. Read on to learn more about the impact we are making together: Imagine 500,000 individuals having a life changing experience. This isn’t the ‘wow that was a good cup of coffee’ experience. I am talking about…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Foster Youth with a Future

Name: Philip Corpuz Job Title: Global Transportation Coordinator Tomorrow’s Project: Foster Youth with a Future Tagline: Preparing Foster Youth for success towards adulthood with educational programs. Tell us about your Tomorrow’s Project. My Tomorrows Project is to help enrich the current and former foster youth in the Los Angeles area through the non-profit organization United Friends of the Children. Since 1979, UFC has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community with early advocacy efforts that helped establish the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. My Tomorrows Project…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Angel Hanz for the Homeless

Name: Holli Schmidt Job Title: Executive Assistant Tomorrows Project Title: Angel Hanz for the Homeless Project Tagline: Let’s Never Forget About the Pets Tell us about your Tomorrows Project. My Tomorrows Project supported Angel Hanz for the Homeless to replenish much needed supplies for the homeless and their pets in the greater Los Angeles area. My Tomorrows Project provided care packages and supplies such as tent shelters, sleeping bags, clothing, hygiene products, blankets, leashes, pet food and pet beds to go to homeless people and their pets. The supplies will be passed out at a monthly distribution event. Also, thanks…

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THE TOMORROWS PROJECT: Anything Can Be Fund

Name:  Laurie Flenner Job Title:  Service Delivery Manager – IT Tomorrow’s Project: “Anything Can Be” Fund Tagline:  Extracurricular Scholarships for children in need in Culver City, CA Tell us about your Tomorrows Project? My Tomorrows Project is focused on creating the “Anything Can Be” Fund in Culver City, CA. The “Anything Can Be” Fund provides approximately 30 local students with scholarships to participate in programs like soccer, piano, dance or martial arts, that develop skills and empower them to succeed. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to participate in these valuable extracurricular activities, however they can often…

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Discover the Regions Where We Give: Guatemala

Guatemala, the Land of Eternal Spring, is a country where TOMS has had a long-standing relationship through giving and is the inspiration for this season’s Regions Where We Give shoe! When on a recent trip, our product design team fell in love with the sweeping landscapes, rich culture and brightly colored textiles found at local markets. Since 2011, TOMS has given over 2.2 million pairs of new shoes in Guatemala with our Giving Partners ADRI, AmeriCares, Buckner, Children International and Feed the Children. Shoes are used to support their many programs, ranging from health, education, economic advancement and nutrition and…

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