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.

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.

 

 

 

What is CSR?

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Corporate Social Responsibility—you’ve heard this term a lot lately. Businesses promote themselves as being socially responsible because it’s a good for society. But, it’s also good for business. Consumers are not only buying products that are socially responsible, they are choosing to do business with companies that are socially responsible. Studies show that corporate social responsibility:

  • Builds brand loyalty
  • Increases sales and profits
  • Attracts investors
  • Attracts and motivates talent
  • Improves employee retention
  • Gives you and your customer a competitive edge

So, selling and using products that promote corporate social responsibility is—simply put—smart. One way you can be socially responsible is to promote, purchase, and use products made by social enterprises and fair trade organizations that manufacture goods for the sole purpose of funding their social programming. Helping Hand Partners partners with a variety of social enterprises and fair trade organizations that manufacture a wide array of unique, high-quality products including jewelry, bath products, housewares, and food. Here are just a few ways to use our socially responsible products and make a difference at the same time:

  • Promotional Products
  • Customer and employee loyalty programs
  • Rewards & recognition
  • Sales meetings
  • Incentive travel
  • Room gifts and Welcome Bags
  • Weddings & Special events
  • Donor “Thank You” gifts
  • Retail
  • Corporate Inventory

It takes so little to make a big impression and an even bigger difference. Build your brand with corporate social responsibility.

Our NEWEST Partnerships!

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We are so excited to announce our two newest partnerships! We now offer handcrafted precious metal jewelry from the Nepal and India based organization, Relevée, and beautiful, distinctive home décor items from the Tanzania based organization, WomenCraft.

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Relevee logoRelevée, meaning ‘to rise up’ in French, is a non-profit organization that gives 100% of its proceeds to Made By Survivors, a charity that helps women and girls get free from exploitation and slavery. Their jewelry is designed and fabricated by vulnerable women overcoming severe human rights abuses such as human trafficking and child marriage in India and Nepal. Relevée provides a safe and loving place for rescued survivors to heal and rebuild their lives with shelter, education, job training, and employment programs.

Here are a couple of products we’re offering from the Relevée jewelry collection.

Gold Plated Bright Futures Earrings

Gold Plated Bright Futures Earrings
These free-spirited hammered earrings, are plated in 22 karat gold, hung on vermeil (sterling silver plated in gold) ear wires, and inspired by a deconstructed bullseye. Measures 2.2″ long exclusive of ear wires. Relevée is all about bright futures—for their artisans, their artisans’ children, and for women everywhere. They believe education and employment are necessary tools for hitting that target. Socially Responsible, Fair Trade.

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This dramatic statement necklace is inspired by a deconstructed bullseye, plated in 22 karat gold and featuring hand-hammered discs, plated in 22 karat go, on a 17.5″ handmade loop chain. At Relevée, we are all about bright futures – for our artisans and their children, for our customers, and for women everywhere. We believe education and employment are necessary tools for hitting that target. This necklace is artisanally crafted and ethically made to remind you to always shoot for your dreams. Socially Responsible, Fair Trade.

WomenCraft

WomenCraft LogoWomenCraft is a community-driven social enterprise operating from one of the poorest areas of the world, Ngara, Tanzania. WomenCraft creates local employment opportunities by bringing rural women together, facilitating their growth, and connecting their artistry to the global marketplace. Through WomenCraft, 300+ rural East African women express their culture and use their talents by weaving home décor products that are beautiful and functional. With the skills gained and income earned, WomenCraft members can now send their children to school, grow nutritious food, and start micro-enterprises. They create a brighter future for their families and inspire the world around them.

Here are a couple of products we’re offering from the WomenCraft home collection.

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Maua Fruit Bowl
The maua design, which means “flower” in Swahili, was inspired by the flower design seen on traditional Hangaza bowls. This bowl can function as a centerpiece on a dining room table, be hung on your wall for decoration, or placed in a bedroom or bathroom to help you stay organized. Available in Sky Blue, Jungle Green, and Safari Red. Socially Responsible, Fair Trade, Green.

WC-MKATE-SKYMkate Handled Basket – Set of 3
This bread basket set is a unique and functional addition to any dining room table or kitchen. Use it for storing your breakfast pastries, cookies, or warm dinner rolls. Available in Sky Blue, Jungle Green, and Safari Red. Comes with one small, one medium, and one large basket. Socially Responsible, Fair Trade, Green.

Handmade in the USA

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In honor of the July 4th holiday, we’ve chosen a selection of our Handmade in the USA products that we think you’ll love! These Green+™ items are smart choices that help your company enhance its corporate social responsibility footprint and encourage recipients to celebrate all that our great country represents. There’s no better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than with 4th of July promotions and incentives!

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Mahogany Octagon 12″ Quartz Clock

This elegant mahogany octagon hardwood clock features a white dial with Roman numerals and glass crystal with bezel. The Chicago Lighthouse is a non-profit agency committed to helping the blind and visually impaired. Fair Wage, Green, Made in the USA. Retail: $74.45

 

BE-2VOTVotive Gift Set Duo

Our votive gift set is like scented fireworks for your home. Each gift set contains two glass votive soy candles in Vanilla Honey and Aloe Lily. Fair Wage, Green, Made in the USA. Retail: $13.00

RX-BOTTLEBottle Opener

Sure to become the most useful tool in your home. Made in Chicago from stainless steel and reclaimed lumber destined for the landfill. Fair Wage, Green, Made in the USA. Retail: $25.00

 

GB-BROWN8Gourmet 8-Piece Brownie Box

Pack eight times the happiness with this 8-piece box of gourmet brownies.  Choose from Brown Sugar Blondie, Chocolate Fudge, Walnut Fudge, or Assorted. Fair Wage, Made in the USA. Retail: $25.00

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Jam Trio

Three favorite preserves in one fabulous gift assortment. A small wooden box arrives with blueberry, strawberry, and red raspberry preserves. Fair Wage, Made in the USA. Retail: $25.00

Administrative Professionals’ Day Gift Ideas

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On Administrative Professionals’ Day, April 24th, honor the hardworking, talented, multi-tasking administrative professionals who keep offices running smoothly. There’s no better way to show your appreciation than with unique, eco-friendly gifts that give back!

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Tea & Tin Travel Set

This set contains one Lemon Tea 2 oz. travel-sized eco-friendly soy candle and two pods of Lemon Tea scented bath teas. White gift box measures 6″H x 2.25″W x 2″D. Proceeds from the sale of this product provide a job development training program for homeless and at-risk young mothers between the ages of 17 and 24. Retail: $14.00 

 

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Delectable Cookie Duo

This simply delightful 1 lb. tin boasts a half-pound of double chocolate chip cookies and a half-pound of peanut butter cookies with tasty peanut butter chips. The purchase of this product provides valuable support to programs that serve adults with developmental disabilities. Retail: $17.95

 

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Say a special thank you with this 11” handcrafted metal bowl handmade by the artisans at a fair trade workshop in India using recycled bicycle spokes. Proceeds from the sale of this product benefit the coop of individual crafters and artisan collectives in the developing world by ensuring compensation and building sustainable livelihoods. Retail: $32.95 

MESSENGER.1809a66Recycled Motorcycle Seat/Netting Messenger

Both durable and functional, this eco-friendly messenger bag is made from repurposed motorcycle seats and recycled netting. Features include an adjustable strap, snap hook for keys, front pocket, zippered back pocket, and two inside pockets. Available in Black and Brown. The purchase of this product provides income, dignity and hope to artisans and their families and free daycare and preschool for their children. Retail: $74.00 Small; $80.00 Large

Travel Gift Ideas

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Summer’s here, and that means vacation is too! Why not customize a unique travel accessory for your clients to use on their next trip? Not only are these products handmade, they’re socially responsible as well; your purchase supports causes like empowering impoverished women, providing free education for children of the artisans, and providing job training and support for homeless and at-risk youth. Stand out from the crowd and make a difference in someone’s life by choosing a unique, socially responsible item to promote your business.

FIVE-BAGTAG-ALLCOLORSLuggage Tag – Retail: $12.00

Dress your luggage for your next destination with these beautiful and rugged luggage tags handmade from netting under fair trade labor practices in Cambodia. The purchase of this product provides income, dignity, and hope to the artisans and their families and free daycare and preschool for their children. Fair Trade.

 

FIVE-TRAVPASSPORT-GRNPassport Travel Wallet – Retail: $32.00

Keep travel documents and important papers together in this stylish pouch handmade from netting under fair labor practices in Cambodia. Features include snap closure and two zippered pockets. The purchase of this product provides income, dignity, and hope to the artisans and their families and free daycare and preschool for their children. Fair Trade.

 

FIVE-TRAVBUDDY-AllColorsTravel Buddy Organizer – Retail: $38.00 

Prepare for your next trip with this folding organizer handmade from netting under fair trade labor practices in Cambodia. Features include multiple transparent and net pockets as well as a loop for hanging. The purchase of this product provides income, dignity, and hope to the artisans and their families and free daycare and preschool for their children. Fair Trade.

 

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Tea & Tin Travel Set – Retail: $14.00

Each travel set contains one Lemon Tea 2 oz. travel-sized eco-friendly soy candle and two pods of Lemon Tea scented bath teas. This product is handmade by employees at Bright Endeavors, the social enterprise for New Moms. Inc. Bright Endeavors provides a job-development training program for homeless and at-risk young mothers between the ages of 17 and 24. Fair Wage, Green, Made in the USA. 

 

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Matea Weekender – Retail: $328.00

Handmade by Guatemalan artisans, the Matea Weekender combines traditional stripes with intricate hand-woven brocade. Features include inner and outer pockets, a detachable strap, and macramé pompom details. Accented with nickel hardware and 100% cotton. The purchase of this product provides basic necessities such as nutritious meals for Mercado Global’s women cooperative members and their families, as well as schooling for their children. Fair Trade.

Items that help our Earth… as well as others!

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Earth Day, April 22nd, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. At HHR, every day is Earth Day! We like to call what we do Green+™: offering opportunities for companies to practice not only environmental sustainability but social sustainability, too. These solutions are great for companies like yours, that are looking to enhance their corporate social responsibility footprints.

JOURNALEvery Litter Bit Helps Journal

These beautiful journals are handmade by a family of artisans in in Tegallalang, Bali who have mastered the art of turning nature’s litter into art. They collect the materials from their garden to create the covers and make paper using a kitchen blender. The family also employs women and older members of the community who are able to work from home. Available in Brown and Green/Brown Circles. Retail: $18.

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Let freedom ring – Freedom and independence ring true in these bold iron bowls. Artisans of Noah’s Ark in Moradabad, India collect each individual iron ring from local repair shops, hand-welding each of the nearly 1,000 connection points. Noah’s Ark provides jobs and stability where few employment opportunities exist – offering women the freedom to live independently. Retail: $30 11” bowl and $40 14” bowl.

WINERecycled Colored Glass Wine Bottle

A “green” candle inside and out, reclaimed and recycled wine bottles are used to create each cobalt blue or green glass container, then filled with hand poured eco-friendly soy wax. Created by the social enterprise for New Moms Inc., which provides a job development training program for homeless and at-risk young mothers between the ages of 17 and 24. Available scents: Vanilla Honey, Pacific Redwood, Aloe Lily, Lemon Tea, Yuzu Coconut, and Lavender Milk. Approximate burn time: 40 hrs. Retail: $30.

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Eco-friendly, chic and perfect for all occasions, this recycled “pop-tab” purse was designed by the motivated young women of Moda Esperanza in Honduras. These women and single mothers, many of whom are orphans themselves, are empowered by earning a fair wage, turning recycled pop tabs into beautiful purses. Available in Black and Pewter. Retail: $32.

 

YOGARecycled Yoga Bag

Made from recycled Vietnamese rice bags, this yoga bag is perfect for the yoga enthusiast! Features a drawstring closure and shoulder strap. Proceeds increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia and support organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Available in Green, Light Blue and Red. Retail: $22.

 

MESSENGERRecycled Motorcycle Seat/Netting Messenger

Both durable and functional, this eco-friendly messenger bag is made from recycled motorcycle seats and recycled netting. Features include an adjustable strap, snap hook for keys, front pocket, back pocket, and two inside pockets. The purchase of this product provides income, dignity and hope to artisans and their families and free daycare for their children. Available in Black and Brown. Retail: $74 Small and $80 Large.

Chicago Lighthouse Profile: Rita McCabe

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She estimates that she has made nearly one million clocks.

One of her proudest moments was presenting her mom with one of those clocks that has lasted more than 25 years.

She has been quoted nationally about her work in the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

Meet Rita McCabe, one of the employees on the assembly line at Lighthouse Industries, a program of The Chicago Lighthouse that holds the official contract for manufacturing clocks for the U.S. government.  Indeed, clocks made at the Lighthouse are displayed in federal offices across the country and around the globe.

A native of Minnesota, Rita, who is totally blind, first came to the Lighthouse in the mid 70s while a member of the Salvation Army.  She joined the agency in 1979 and has been an employee there ever since.

“I enjoy my job,” she smiles.  “I appreciate being able to support myself plus have an opportunity to work with so many wonderful people!”

Rita goes about her daily tasks with much precision a she assembles the clock from components that include the body, movement, dial, hour and minute hands.  She assembles clocks of various sizes and styles, and then places the sub-assembly on the assembly line where the remaining components are assembled.  The end product is fully tested for accuracy, boxed and shipped to destinations far and wide.

In a given year, the Lighthouse, which will celebrate its 105th anniversary in 2011, manufactures between 160,000 and 200,000 clocks per year.

For employees like Rita, this program has provided steady employment at a time when people who are blind cope with a jobless rate that hovers near 70%.

“She is a fantastic member of our team,” states Jean Claude Kappler, vice president of Lighthouse Industries who oversees the clock-making operation.

“Like so many of our employees who are blind or visually impaired, Rita has a strong work ethic and brings a craftsmanship-like quality to her job.”

He adds that the quality of Lighthouse clocks is one of the reasons the program has been able to thrive for the past 30 years.

When Rita checks out of the factory for the day, she turns her attention to her other interests including volunteer work at her church and rooting for her favorite teams, the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and her beloved Chicago White Sox.

A resident of the city’s south side, she makes no bones about being a big White Sox fan.

Asked about her resolutions for the coming new year, Rita responds with a chuckle, “I never make resolutions because I know I can’t keep them!”

Though, she looks forward to making even more clocks in 2011.