Branch Out is proud to announce a new line of shoes that support charitable contributions to multiple organizations. We love the idea that owner Hannah Davis of Bangs has introduced into the retail world of shoes. While on a teaching quest in eastern China a friend pointed out olive-green shoes that were worn by the working class citizens, which gave her inspiration to create the Bangs brand. Her idea was to introduce vibrant, comfortable shoes in the US to help charitable efforts across the world, and most importantly here in the US! The idea of using different colors that correspond to different organizations is fabulous. Bangs hand selects non-profits that work to empower people and communities while moving away from “hand out methodology”.
What are the different colors and what do they stand for?
Springboard Collaborative works to close the literacy gap by utilizing the summer breaks as a springboard for financially challenged children, and the best part is this all takes place right here in the United States!!!! So far in 2013 they have served over 1000 families in 7 schools.
Drop In The Bucket believes clean water is a basic human right that must be met in order to help people break the cycle of poverty. Their mission is to build wells and sanitation systems at schools throughout sub-Saharan Africa, enabling youth to fully harness the life-changing power of an education.
Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (Global D.I.R.T) fills the void that exists between the time of a disaster occurrence and that of the traditional response effort. Volunteers provide medical assistance, communications access, search and rescue capabilities, and coordination support. Global DIRT is able to insert into a disaster or post-disaster situation with key equipment and knowledge, thus limiting the loss of life, property, and resources, all while operating efficiently to ensure that every donor dollar contributes to mission success. Vanity Fair labeled this organization’s efforts as “Extreme Humanitarianism” in July of 2010.
Kiva works to microfinance people in developing countries through their team of 191 field agents. The best part of Kiva is it allows you to browse those interested in microloans and you hand-pick the individual you would like to support. Money is transferred through PayPal (the fees associated are waived by PayPal) and as money is repaid you can either withdraw your loan or re-loan to another entrepreneur.
S.O.U.L. Foundation’s mission is “to foster sustainable and vibrant Ugandan communities through unique partnerships focused on education, women’s empowerment, food security and health”.
Choice Humanitarian works to “connect motivated villages to resources and tools that allow villagers to change their lives. By building skills, capacities and leadership of the villagers, entire communities can break the cycle of poverty. Communities continue to move forward by defining objectives and leveraging connections.”.
So now the question is will you buy a pair of your favorite color, your favorite cause, or maybe both?
These shoes will be arriving soon! We would like to see pictures of what issues you stand for! Oh did we mention they are canvas (hint, hint)?
“Bangs. Stand On Issues.
to help others stand on their own.”