#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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SHOP THE ENTIRE COLLECTION

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.

 

 

 

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.

Bright Futures NecklaceBright Futures Necklace
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

 

THANKS6f54a2Thank You Bowl

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

Important Announcement!

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Customers and friends: We are excited to announce that we changed our company name from Helping Hand Rewards to HHP/helping hand partners to better reflect who we are and what we do.

The past year was an incredible one for Helping Hand Rewards; we received our 501(c)(3) certification which will allow us to really focus our efforts. The first step was a minor rebrand—we’re the same people with the same great service.

We are also moving to a much larger facility where we will be warehousing our products and fulfilling orders! Due to the move, we will not be shipping on Friday, September 19th or Monday, September 22nd, but will resume shipping on Tuesday, September 23rd.

Your patronage and support of our organization has allowed us to expand, and for this we thank you! Our telephone number will remain the same, but our new address is:

770 N. Halsted St., Ste. 105
Chicago, IL 60642

Effective Friday, September 19th, our new website URL and email addresses will be:

www.HelpingHandPartners.com

Mike Arkes
President & Founder
mike@helpinghandpartners.com

Dena Hirschberg
VP, Marketing & Sales
dena@helpinghandpartners.com

Lucy Kron
Sales, Incentive Market
lucy@helpinghandpartners.com

Jessie Jury
Communications Manager
jessie@helpinghandpartners.com

 

Allyson Zelinski
Graphic Designer
allyson@helpinghandpartners.com

Thank you all so much for your continued support and awesome relationships.