We are delighted to be partnering now with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). UMCOR shares many of our core values of supporting people in distressed parts of the world, empowering refugees in the United States, promoting fair trade, and being an active and engaged global citizen. We first began speaking with UMCOR in the summer of 2011 and are delighted to note that we are now in partnership with them to better align our shared goals.
In their own words, “As the humanitarian relief and development arm of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR transforms and strengthens people and communities.”
To launch our partnership, UMCOR has ordered a record-breaking 5,000 candles to give to each person attending the United Methodist Church’s upcoming annual conference later this month. We have customized our tin candles with their logo and messaging about their mission to “bring hope in times of crisis.” Each candle comes with a storycard about our partnership and the story of the woman who made each candle. Thanks to UMCOR’s support, the Burmese refugees we work with were employed full-time for 3 months!
Every candle donates 10% to UMCOR’s work in the United States to support refugees. These candles can also be purchased directly from our website, as well.
Thank you to UMCOR for also helping us become a Green America member and for supporting our World Fair Trade Organization membership application.
Read more about UMCOR’s support of fair trade products and organizations here in their recent news update.
We look forward to having UMCOR’s team visit us later this week to create a film about our partnership in preparation for World Refugee Day in June. As we begin preparing for our expansion into Haiti with our women-focused candle-making opportunity, we look forward to deepening our relationship with UMCOR and their work in Haiti. We had the great fortune of meeting with the UMCOR team last week in Port-au-Prince, Haiti!
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In the spirit of Women’s History Month, our thoughts are drawn to the many women who contribute to society in a myriad of ways while expecting nothing in return. They are hidden from view. Yet these women are transforming communities and making a positive difference in the world. They are unsung heroines.
March is about celebrating women… something we’re pretty excited about. There is so much to appreciate, so many barriers yet to topple, and so many amazing women to recognize for their accomplishments.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Every year we look forward to it, but here’s the thing. Ever since Eve Ensler started One Billion Rising as part of her V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls, we’ve felt conflicted about this holiday.