FIGS

I love the one-for-one movement. For me, it started with TOMS. Take one look in my closet and you’ll know what I mean! I’m always on the look out for other socially responsible businesses and I love to share what I find with my friends. Today I found one that I think is awesome! And, its cause is very near and dear to my heart; helping children obtain an education.

FIGS. FIGS makes classic and stylish ties (regular neck ties and bow ties) as well as beautifully luxurious cashmere scarves. For every tie purchased, FIGS provides a child with a school uniform. As we at Be The Hope know, many children in the world can not attend school due to lack of finances. In the developing world, poverty keeps children out of school because their parents can not afford school fees, school supplies and uniforms that are needed to attend school. However, studies have shown that if children have access to education their potential to end the cycle of poverty increases. That’s why Be The Hope’s mission is to provide children with backpacks full of school supplies. That’s why we love FIGS mission to provide children with school uniforms.

http://www.wearfigs.com

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BTH: Haiti Upcoming Events

Monday, March 18

Our first Backpack Drive is officially underway at Desert Mountain High School! Over the course of the next few weeks students can donate new and gently used backpacks for children in Haiti. Monetary donations are also being accepted through the school in the form of checks made payable to DMHS with Be the Hope Haiti Club in the memo line. Monetary donations will be used to buy school supplies to fill the backpacks. The homeroom that donates the most backpacks will enjoy a Dunkin’ Donuts party on us!

If you would like to organize a Backpack Drive at your school, church, office, etc. please contact us! info@bethehopehaiti.org.

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Thursday, March 21

Be The Hope:Haiti will be at the Fountain Hills Farmers Market this Thursday (3/21/2013). We will be accepting monetary and backpack donations. We ask that the backpacks be either new or gently used (no holes, all zippers working, no tears, etc.) Monetary donations will be used to purchase school supplies to fill the backpacks. With beautiful 80 degree weather, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Thursday afternoon!Image

Saturday, April 13

On Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 – 4:00 we will be at the First Cyclovia Fountain Hills! The town of Fountain Hills, Arizona, will be closing several of its downtown streets to vehicular traffic, including the famed and aptly named Avenue of the Fountains. Cyclovia Fountain Hills is a free public event, welcoming cycling enthusiasts, walkers, runners, skaters, strollers, pets, and all others to come experience our “open streets” to meet their neighbors, learn about their community, take part in a variety of physical activities, and enjoy plenty of local vendors, food and drinks.

The goal of Cyclovia is to bring families outside of their homes to enjoy the streets of Fountain Hills while participating in healthy, active living through a series of activities, demonstrations and entertainment, including:

“Art Walk” on the Avenue
Guided Hiking Tours of Fountain Park Overlook Trail
Bicycle Safety and Helmet Fitting Workshops
FREE Yoga, Pilates and Zumba Classes
Kids Tricycle Races
Rock Climbing
Bicycle Decorating Stations
Photo Booths
FREE Bicycle Tune-Ups and Repairs
Dance Clinics and Demonstrations
Farmers Market
Food from Local Restaurants and Vendors
Live Music and Entertainment
Beer Garden
Museum Tours
And much more on the way!

Once again, we will be accepting monetary and backpack donations at this event. We’re really excited to be a part of this “first” event in Fountain Hills! http://cycloviafountainhills.com/

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We love the idea of #FundraisingFriday! Please join the movement and consider making one of your #FundraisingFriday donations to Be The Hope.

Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Blog :: A Social Media Guide for Nonprofits

9ac04faad50a11e2be5722000a1fac35_7#FundraisingFriday is a campaign meant to inspire individuals to commit to donating $10 to one of their favorite nonprofits every Friday. First tweeted in May 2012 from @NonprofitOrgs, the #FundraisingFriday hashtag has since then been tweeted and retweeted thousands of times.

If you are a nonprofit, using the #FundraisingFriday hashtag is a simple way to ask for your supporters to donate and hopefully you’ll be able to convert a few fans, followers, and friends into donors.

If you are a donor, please post the name and website of the nonprofit that you donated to below. I’ll do my best to help get the word out about your generosity and your favorite nonprofits. Also, each Friday through the end of 2013 I am going to donate $10 to one of my Favorite Nonprofits. I hope you join me – if not every Friday, then at least one Friday a month. 🙂

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Pillowcase Dress Drive for Haiti

Attention all sewers! We are looking for people that love to sew to make pillowcase dresses for us to take to Haiti. This project is perfect for churches, sewing organizations, Girl Scout Troops or any individual with a passion for sewing and helping girls in need.

There are many easy to sew pillowcase dress patterns and tutorials available on the web and you’re free to use whichever one you like. We have been told that this pattern from LBG Studio is a very easy one to follow and works well.Image

This will be an ongoing project for Be The Hope and we will be collecting dresses year round. If you are interested in donating pillowcase dresses you can email us at info@bethehopehaiti.org or mail completed dresses to:

Be The Hope

c/o Heather Hinze

9767 N. Baylor Drive

Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Also, we would love to feature your work on our blog and/or Facebook page! Email us pictures of your group, dresses, drive, progress and we will post them with your permission.

Thank so much!

Fountain Hills Times Article

Seek backpacks for Haiti
By: Barbara Charzuk, Times Reporter
March 6, 2013


Before the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti ranked the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

If possible, living conditions have worsened. More than half of the population lives below the poverty line of $1.25 per day. An estimated 350,000 displaced persons exist in temporary tent shelters. Nearly 4,000 schools affecting 2.5 million students have been damaged or destroyed.

Educating the children can break the cycle of poverty, believes Heather Hinze, a single mother who has launched a non-profit organization.

“It’s become my passion. A new generation of educated Haitians can help build a country of self-sufficient, positive contributors to society. The future of Haiti depends on the children,” said Hinze.

She has lived in town since 2004.

Her desire to make a difference evolved after reading the book “Start Something That Matters” by Blake Mycoskie.

“It really resonated with me. There are all these great stories about what people are doing and I thought, ‘I’m going to do something.’ ”

When she lost her job of 11 years with a mutual fund company last year, she decided that the perfect opportunity had come to become involved.

She and her 16-year-old daughter Madison brainstormed about what path to take.

“I knew it would surround children,” said Hinze, a licensed foster mother. “I thought what can I tackle? Nobody was really handling education and it fit perfectly with my passion for children.”

Her favorite Mahatma Gandhi quote — “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” — further motivated her.

She learned that many Haitian families can’t afford to send their children to school because of the cost of school fees, school supplies, and uniforms.

She created “Be the Hope,” a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a backpack of school supplies to Haitian youngsters.

“I liked the idea of actually giving a child hope to fulfill their dreams by what you’re providing to them.”

She has partnered with Future for the Kids at Haiti Communitere, a disaster relief organization that assists a number of projects. The compound provides accommodations ranging from tents to rooms in the main building, drinking water and 24-hour security.

For starters, Hinze has “adopted” 60 boys and girls between the ages of one and 14 years old in two orphanages, Agape Orphanage and La Main Tendre Orphanage, in Port-au-Prince.

She plans to take as many backpacks as she can of school supplies, plus new and used clothing and shoes. She is limiting her personal items to one carry-on bag and will pack two large suitcases of the backpacks and clothing up to the 50 pounds allowed by the airlines.

“I don’t want to go empty-handed,” said Hinze, who considers her first trip as a learning and fact-finding experience.

“I want to work with people there and find out what they need and tailor needs around them,” said Hinze.

Buying school supplies may be less costly in Haiti than shipping the products from the United States to Haiti, she said.

She is funding her own trip, estimated to cost about $1,500. Her plan is to stay in a tent without running water to save money. She has been fundraising on the website Indiegogo, Facebook and Twitter to collect money for her charity.

Donations can be mailed to her home address, 9767 N. Baylor Drive, Fountain Hills, 85268. More information also is provided on her website at  http://www.bethehopehaiti.org.

Needed supplies

Each backpack will include a hand pencil sharpener, a box of 24-count crayons, two 100-page composition notebooks; 12-count Number 2 pencils; a pencil case; eraser; 10-pack ball point pens and a 12-inch ruler.

She eventually hopes to collect chalk, chalkboard erasers; soccer balls; art and crafts supplies; scissors; construction paper, glue and colored pencils. Monetary gifts also can go toward buying books in Haitian-Creole, French or English languages in Haiti.

http://www.fhtimes.com/times/2013/030613/backpacks.html

Our First School Sponsored Backpack Drive!

We’re so excited to announce our first school sponsored Backpack Drive! Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, AZ will be holding a Backpack Drive benefiting Be The Hope! They will be collecting new and gently used backpacks for children in Haiti. The homeroom that collects the most backpacks will be thanked with a donut party! Their donations will allow us to use monetary donations on school supplies, which will allow us to reach more kids. We originally envisioned using monetary donations to purchase the backpacks and school supplies. While we still intend to do this, we feel that we can do even more good by allowing schools, churches, individuals, etc to donate backpacks as well. Our main mission is still to provide backpacks full of school supplies to children in Haiti, but by changing our plan just a little we’re hoping to make an even bigger difference. At the end of the day that’s what it’s all about, right?

If you would like to spearhead a Backpack Drive in your school, your child’s daycare, church, workplace, or really anywhere, please contact us at info@bethehopehaiti.org. The more Hope Givers we have supporting us, the more successful we will be and, most importantly, the more children we will be able to help.