Divas of Comedy in the Spotlight!

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HHP had a blast with iO Chicago comedians modeling HHP’s fair trade practice jewelry and accessories! You can find these gorgeous pieces in our 2017 holiday catalog.  iO founder Charna Halpern and improv stars Susan Messing, Stacey Smith, Shantira Jackson and Nnamdi Ngwe who all modeled for the shoot.

At HHP, we apply the improv mentality of “YES, AND…” as we encourage consumers to say YES to bringing our fair trade practice goods to the forefront AND to making a difference.

#LIFTCOMMUNITIES

HHP’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser was a huge success!

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HHP’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser was huge success. With the generous support of our attendees and donors, we raised important funds to support HHP’s artisans and partners around the world.
 
This incredible generosity will truly transform lives and provide a pathway out of poverty.
 
Many people asked us how to get involved with HHP’s important mission. Whether it is introducing our fair trade practice products to your friends or business associates or donating directly, we are so grateful for any information, time and talent you can spare. We also have great volunteer activities at our new production facility location, which is opening soon. Volunteering is great for company events, team building, bridal showers and more. Or consider a warehouse shopping event for your meetup, religious or other social group. 
 
We will be sharing more information about these opportunities over the next few weeks.

At the fundraiser we were also proud to showcase the story of Shanika Smith. Shanika overcame incredible personal and professional obstacles to establish herself as Production and Fulfillment Director, and an integral member of the HHP team. You can watch Shanika’s inspiring story here.

With your support, HHP can continue providing mentorship and a career path for individuals with skills and passions just waiting to shine.  

HHP’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser

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We hope you’ll join us for a fun evening of noshing & bidding at our fundraiser dinner & silent auction! Help us #LIFTCOMMUNITIES and make a difference in the lives of our social enterprise partners.

Bring your appetite, grab a tray and join us for the Third Annual Dinner & Silent Auction Annual to benefit Chicago social enterprise, HHP/helping hand partners at Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen on Jefferson Street!

• Savor the ultimate comfort food with friends (new & old)

• Learn more about HHP’s own manufacturing social enterprise brand, 1eleven™

• Come be inspired by our associates going through our social enterprise job program

• Meet our social enterprise partners & hear about their work

• Bid on the many amazing goods handcrafted by our artisans

Get your tickets here, or make a donation.

#LIFTCOMMUNITIES: HHP’s July act of service

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We need to protect and support our most vulnerable people and communities. HHP is able to do that through our products that provide a pathway out of poverty, and we love supporting organizations that share our mission.

The goal of our #LIFTCOMMUNITIES campaign is to create a social movement where everyone gives, volunteers or supports instinctively at least once a month.

For our July act of service, HHP is donating restaurant gift cards to Common Pantry, Chicago’s oldest continually operating food pantry. We strongly support their belief that all individuals deserve the right to good nutrition. The cards were generously donated by HHP supporter and friend Saro Hartounian, owner of Harco Industries, Inc.

Visit Common Pantry’s website to find out ways that you can support this amazing organization and help to #LIFTCOMMUNITIES.

Learn about helping hand ARTISANS™

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helping hand ARTISANS™ (HHA), HHP’s fair trade practice brand in the developing world, is bringing sustainable livelihoods and economic empowerment to countries around the world, including India, Cambodia, Guatemala and Chile.

Purchasing HHA fair trade practice goods helps our partner organizations to provide valuable social programming that includes fair wages, education, safe working conditions, economic empowerment, micro-loans and financing.

Learn more about HHA.

Check out just a few of the beautiful, socially responsible goods from HHA. You will love the story and inspiration behind each piece.

#111ActsOfService to #LIFTCOMMUNITIES: May 2017

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Dear Friends,

We need to protect and support our most vulnerable people and communities. HHP is able to do that through our products that provide a pathway out of poverty, and we love supporting organizations that share our mission.

So for this month’s act of service we’ll be wearing our red noses and making a donation in support of Red Nose Day, a charity that has raised over $1 billion in 25 years to support projects that ensure kids are safe, healthy, educated, and empowered.

The goal of our #LIFTCOMMUNITIES campaign is to create a social movement where everyone gives, volunteers or supports instinctively at least once a month. Join us this month by wearing a red nose on May 25th and supporting this amazing charity!

Doing Good Looks Good on Mom!

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SHOW MOM YOUR LOVE
with a gift that helps moms around the world.

These beautiful gifts tell a story and help to change the world. When you give Mom a gift from HHP you’re directly impacting the lives of moms around the world. Share the love!

Melt + Soak + Lather Set $62.00

The Melt + Soak + Lather Set includes an 8 oz. jar of Dead Sea soaking salts, an 8 oz. jar of glycerin bath melts, and a 4 oz. bar of hand-poured glycerin soap. Presented in a teal toiletries bag handcrafted in Cambodia from construction netting in a fair trade setting. Jars are non-breakable. Available in Sea Salt, Lavender, Citrus, and Mint. HHP’s social enterprise brand, 1eleven™, allows HHP to further fulfill its mission by providing jobs and a career path at HHP for disadvantaged adults from underserved communities in Chicago. BUY NOW

 

Mosaic Tote  $92.00

This purse is sure to turn heads! Features white leather detailing on top of black netting. Includes 1 zippered pocket and 2 open pockets. Leather handles. Measures 13″L x 12.5″H x 4″D. Proceeds support daycare and preschool for the artisans’ children. BUY NOW

Cristobal Earrings  $50.00

These sterling silver earrings are handcrafted by Mapuche artisans of south-central Chile who have honed their craft over generations. Features a Mapuche inspired adornment measuring 0.5″ in diameter. Total drop of 1″, excluding ear wire. Proceeds support helping hand ARTISANS™, HHP’s global artisan network. Benefits have included clean water, free education, safe transportation, micro-loans, disaster relief, and more. BUY NOW

Aruba Weekender $225.00
Made by a fair trade collective of Guatemalan artisans, this gorgeous Weekender combines hand woven traditional stripes with elegant brass-toned nickel hardware and luxurious leather straps. Features 2 inner and 1 outer pockets, and red macramé pompom details. Made from 100% cotton and leather. Measures 14″H x 17″W x 8″D. Proceeds support the mission to link rural indigenous artisans to international market.
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Silver Flora Bangle $14.95

Adorn Mom’s wrist with this bold bangle. Handcrafted by Indian artisans at a fair trade organization who work from home and are able to care for their families while preserving traditional brass-working skills.
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Introducing HHP’s social enterprise bath + spa brand, 1eleven™.

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We’ve been busy at HHP crafting something new…

HHP’s mission is to #LIFTCOMMUNITIES by providing a sustainable livelihood and job opportunities for people with barriers to employment. We’re helping to provide a pathway out of poverty, and we created 1eleven™ as another way for us to accomplish this goal.

Connecting the power of raw talent with raw materials
At HHP’s 1eleven™ facility, individuals from underserved neighborhoods in Chicago who face barriers to employment are trained and mentored to produce beautiful spa goods, securing the confidence and skills they need to advance their careers at HHP.

Instilling hope
The handcrafted, artisanal spa goods are high-quality and customizable. When you purchase these products, you know that each bar of soap or spa good helped to create a job, change a life and instill much needed hope in struggling communities.

Enjoy our luxurious line of lathers, melts, soaks, and sparks. Each purchase makes a difference.

Green Incentive Products for Earth Day

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Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade Practice
The lovely evening bag (shown above) has earth-loving characteristics, including crochet detailing made from recycled plastic bags. Every one of our products helps provide a pathway out of poverty and provides valuable social programming for underserved populations here at home and for our global artisan network.

Check out these other Earth-friendly options in HHP’s Incentive Catalog.

You’ll Fall in Love with These Valentine’s Ideas

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Brighten up your promotional products or awards assortment with our Valentine’s Day collection. All products are socially responsible, Green +™, and sure to win hearts.

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Awash in Love Gift Set
Enjoy the gentle, warm scents of a sampling of four 3 oz. bundles of fair trade Himalayan soaking salts. Included scents:Lavender Milk, Orange Bergamot, Vanilla Honey, and Eucalyptus Leaf. Made in USA.

Love Lights Gift Set
Sit back and enjoy the soft glow of the Love Lights Gift Set. This Valentine Collection includes four 3 oz. eco-friendly soy votive scents: Lavender Milk, Orange Bergamot, Vanilla Honey, and Eucalyptus Leaf. Made in USA.

Endless Love Bowl
Express your sentiments with this recycled 11” love bowl. Handmade by the artisans at a fair trade workshop in India using recycled bicycle tire spokes. Made in India.

Bike Chain Cuff Links
Add a bit of whimsy to your gentleman’s attire with these handsome cuff links made from upcycled links of bicycle chain. Links are chrome-plated iron and are presented in a velvet gift box. Made in India.

 

For more information, please email info@helpinghandpartners.com.