Friday Fundraisers are making a difference and aren't just for Fridays anymore
June 7th, 2012 | 9:13 AM
Plum District is in the community every day. We live, work and play in the places we call home, and we’re dedicated to giving back and making a positive difference. Since we started Friday Fundraisers in February, we’ve been partnering with our amazing vendors to raise money for deserving causes all around the country.
Last week, we did a nationwide Friday Fundraiser for Locks Of Love. Salons participated in contributing 10% of every purchase to Locks of Love for wigs and hair pieces for children with medical hair loss.
This week, we’re expanding our efforts beyond a single day, and hosting a five-day fundraiser in Austin, TX for Food In Tummies. Food in Tummies or “FIT,” a project of The Junior League of Austin, is a unique program designed to provide weekend nourishment to children grades K – 5 who qualify for the National School Lunch Program. The FIT program, managed by JLA volunteers, helps these hungry Austin children by delivering backpacks of nutritious food each week to Austin area elementary schools – helping over 1,400 families a week!
Plum District is partnering with five prominent Austin companies this week, contributing 10% – 20% of all proceeds generated by offers to FIT:
Kendra Scott: $30 for $60 to Spend on Jewelry & 20% Benefits FIT
Bright Beginnings: $15 for $30 to Spend on Children’s Clothing & 10% Benefits FIT
Plush Fabric & Home Interiors: $50 for $150 Worth of Fabric and Trim & 20% Benefits FIT
In March, Plum District partnered with Newport Kids Consignment in Orange County, CA to benefit Sonora Elementary School in Costa Mesa. District Consultant Stephanie Graney said, “The school reported that they received more in one check from us than they did from two other programs. It felt so good to give back!”
In February, we partnered with Pump It Up in Raleigh to benefit Brier Creek Elementary School. District Consultant Leslie Pawlak shared a thank you note from the school, that said with the $800 raised, they were able to directly support the art classroom in their school.
Our efforts don’t stop there! Be on the look out every Friday for more offers that give back!
Beautify your tresses and help a child get the hair he or she deserves
May 31st, 2012 | 11:08 AM
You’ve heard of Locks of Love. It’s a not-for-profit organization that provides the highest quality wigs to children with medical hair loss. These children do not have the money to spend $3,500-$6,000 on a wig (the normal retail price), and Locks of Loves gives them custom-made, incredibly natural-looking hairpieces for free. The majority of recipients have hair loss due to an auto-immune condition known as Alopecia Areata, and others suffer from severe burns, radiation treatment, and other dermatological conditions. Locks of Love hairpieces are in high demand, and each takes four months to make.
Today, 10% of the proceeds from your purchase of our Friday Fundraiser offers will go to to Locks of Love to help a child in need. The following local and national deals have partnered with us to support this great cause. Be sure to buy in the next few days so that your $$ benefits a child who needs it.
NuMeStyle.com (online – available in all regions) – Plum District Offer: $30 for $130 Worth of Hair Styling Tools and Hair Extensions from NuMe
Elaine’s Salon, Fishers, IN — Plum District Offer: $35 for a Haircut from Expert Stylist Mark Starnes – $75 Value
Plum Studios Salon, Burlingame, CA – Plum District Offers: $50 for $100 Worth of Hair Services from Stylist Showkat Fallahi OR $70 for Full Highlights ($140 Value) or $150 for a Brazilian Blowout (a $300 Value) with Kate Lawson
Green Alley Salon, Austin, TX – Plum District Offer: $15 for a Blowout, $35 Deva Curl Cut, or $70 for Partial Highlights – Up to $170 Value
Studio 4 Salon, Newport Beach, CA – Plum District Offer: $45 for a Shampoo, Haircut, Kerastase Treatment, and a Blow + Style from Eddie- a $120 Value
Bang Salon, Denver, CO – Plum District Offer: $20 for $40 OR $35 for $70 Toward Salon Hair Services from Bang Salon
P2 Studios, Highlands Ranch, CO – Plum District Offer: 50% Off Hair Services for Men and Women (a great Father’s Day gift)
Keep Austin Gorgeous, Austin, TX — Plum District Offer: $30 for a Shampoo, Haircut and Style – a $60 Value
Saturday we gave back a little to our Earth and our beautiful city
April 16th, 2012 | 12:31 PM
In the spirit of Earth Day a few of us Plummies volunteered for The Natural Areas Program at Golden Gate Park. We woke up and drove to the park on this gloriously sunny Saturday morning and were greeted cheerfully by our enthusiastic and very knowledgable gardner Dylan. Dylan told us that we would be working on an area of the park called Oak Grove. He explained to us the history of Oak Grove and how he and the team at Golden Gate Park work in coordination with volunteers to restore indigenous plant life to areas of the park.
As we walked through the area, Dylan would point out rare and locally specific plants that none of us had ever heard of or realized were specific to the San Francisco area. We were quickly tasked with helping promote the growth of these plans. We put on some gloves and began working away and weeding anything that might prohibit the growth of these plants. For Maggie, Sasha and myself this was a couple hours on our Saturday well spent. It was really amazing to help contribute to beautifying such a robust little ecosystem in our big city.
Help celebrate Earth by organizing a work or family event and spend a couple hours giving back to our beautiful planet! Try searching the National Park Service or contacting your local recreation department.
We are giving back 10% of deals to organizations in your community
February 10th, 2012 | 5:07 PM
As a mom of three kids, I know first hand how important Moms are in the community – especially when it comes to fundraising for all of the organizations our kids and families are involved with. Moms are the glue that holds communities together.
I also know that being able to multi task is key to my survival. Now Plum District is offering me an opportunity to not only treat myself, with great products and inspirations I want, but an easy way to give back to my local community.
Coming soon, every Friday Plum District local markets are going to feature amazing deals at local businesses that give 10% of the net proceeds to a school, non-profit, or organization in your local community.
It’s easy for you to participate –as a mom, business, or organization. If you are interested in getting involved just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with a District Consultant in your local market that will help pair your organization with a local business (or vice versa). She will even provide you the tools needed to spread the word about the fundraising effort!
Our goal at Plum District is to make Mom’s day by offering great values for you and your family. And now we are helping you make the day for those in your community!
SF Home Team Helps Out SF Food Bank
December 1st, 2011 | 5:47 PM
Tis the season to lend a helping hand, and the Plummies from the home office did just that by donating time at the San Francisco Food Bank this week.
In just under two hours, the team was able to help provide food to more than 5,000 people in the Bay Area. From sorting donated food to bagging rice, they spread a little good cheer to the community.
We know life gets busy (especially in December), but it’s always a treat to help those in need and reflect on our blessings. It’s a wonderful life! Happy holidays!
November 14th, 2011 | 4:48 PM
For the past 25 years, Coats for Kids has provided new and gently used coats to eligible children and teenagers in Central Texas. Last year, over 35,000 Central Texas youth received coats.
Where do all of these coats come from? From the generous Austin commuinty and Austin-area schools. Each year the Coat Drive Competition brings in thousands of coats for Coats for Kids. You can help your school win the Coat Drive Competition by simply choosing the school you’d like to get credit for your $15 donation. Each $15 donation buys a coat for a Central Texas child. Your online donation could also help your school’s PTA receive $500! Plum District is donating $500 to the school with the most online donations, so spread the word.
The best part? Plum District will also be giving 10% of Austin deal sales back to Coats for Kids during the Coat Drive Competition, so check out our great holiday deals as well!
Plum District Austin partners with Coats for Kids to help families in need prepare for winter
November 8th, 2011 | 3:25 PM
After Austin’s sweltering summer, most of us are ready to welcome winter with open arms — finally, a break from the endless 100-degree days! For many Central Texas families, however, cold weather can bring new challenges. Buying new coats for growing kids is costly and often falls to the bottom of a long list of expenses. Thankfully, Austin has Coats for Kids!
Celebrating its 25th year, Coats for Kids is an annual community project that collects and distributes warm winter coats to eligible children and teenagers in Central Texas. Last year, Coats for Kids distributed 35,157 new and gently used coats to young people in Central Texas. Where do all these coats come from? From people like you: Austin moms who love their community!
Each year Austin moms (and dads!) work with their local schools to help facilitate coat drives to support Coats for Kids, bringing in thousands of coats. This year’s Coat Drive Competition (sponsored by the Junior League of Austin) officially kicks off November 11 and goes through November 30!
This year, Plum District is excited to partner with Coats for Kids to provide an online donation opportunity for all schools participating in the Coat Drive Competition. This is the perfect option to get friends, family, neighbors, grandparents, etc. involved!
Why should you get your school involved? Plum District will be donating $500 to the PTA of the school with the most online donations! The best part is that Plum District Austin will also give 10% of sales during the Coat Drive Competition back to Coats for Kids!
Register your school today! Once you’re registered, you’ll receive additional information on how to conduct your own coat drive and collect coats and online donations. What a great tradition to bring to your school!
Our Denver team was touched by the sea of pink and white at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure
October 2nd, 2011 | 9:43 PM
Besides changing leaves and cooler temps, one of the tell-tale signs of October is PINK. I walked into my local Safeway yesterday and noticed all the cash registers had special pink notices, bracelets for sale, and pink re-usable grocery bags. Safeway is a major sponsor for Susan G Komen’s Denver Affiliate. You turn on football and on a given Sunday in October, the players are decked out in Pink gloves, pink socks … looks cute.
Everybody knows what the pink means – breast cancer awareness. And a lot of people have a relative, a friend, or just an acquaintance that has been afflicted with the illness. I have to admit, I am one of the lucky ones. There is no history of breast cancer in my family and only this year did I have my first close encounter with the disease when my 43-year-old sister-in-law caught a lump super early. She had stage 1 cancer but was able to successfully treat it with radiation. Thank goodness, as she is the mother of 8 year old twins.
None of this common experience we all share prepared me for what I saw today. Plum District had a booth at Denver’s Race for the Cure. I knew they were expecting 50,000 participants as one of the most active races across the country. But it wasn’t until the women started walking up to our booth at 6:30 am that I realized what a horrible disease breast cancer is and how it inspires so many people. It was a sea of women in white and pink shirts – white if you were walking for a family member that lost their battle and pink if you were a survivor. I am not sure which one moved me more? It may have been the 75-year-old plus woman in her pink shirt with her daughter who wore a white shirt. The daughters’ white shirt listed a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, and a cousin, all of whom had died of breast cancer. And here she was with her mother; an eight-year breast cancer survivor, out here today for her eighth walk. What inspiration and hope.
I feel so proud that Plum District is participating in the fight by donating a percent of our profits from this week’s deals in Denver. It may not be much compared to the thousands raised today in Denver, but every bit helps. While strides have been made in breast cancer research I saw WAY too many white shirts today. I hope one day to attend the race and see nothing but pink shirts.
Learn more about Plum District Denver and browse deals. We are giving 20% of proceeds this week to Susan G Komen.
We’re donating 10% of every purchase to one of our favorite local nonprofits, Schoolhouse Supplies
August 26th, 2011 | 11:32 AM
We have always loved the start of the school year. All that excitement, potential, and creativity, those new ideas, revived friendships, inspiring teachers, and much much more. It’s also a time to reflect, and, if possible, give something back to underserved communities and struggling families.
Plum District Portland wants to do our part. We’re donating 10% of every purchase during Back to School Week (August 29 – September 4, 2011) to one of our favorite local nonprofits, Schoolhouse Supplies. This dedicated, amazing organization ensures that Portland-area students and schools receive essential supplies like pencils, paper, backpacks, glue sticks, scissors, markers, crayons, and more – the tools kids need to excel in the classroom.
Helping Portland school children is an investment in our collective futures, and we here at Plum District see this as part of our mission. Join us and enjoy a fabulous deal while knowing you also did a fabulous deed!
The Back to School week offers are to some of our favorite local businesses: Pump it Up, the Portland Timbers, Mamas & Papas, Opaline Spa, and Westside Gymnastics.
Help us support our local schools and schoolchildren.
An inside look at some of World Vision's work
August 10th, 2011 | 3:40 PM
I was the wise age of 16 when I decided to bring World Vision’s “30-Hour Famine” to Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. I asked a fabulous counselor at the YMCA to be my “adult sponsor” and organized about 50 kids to sleepover at the YMCA for 1 night and – you guessed it – not eat for a full 30 hours in order to raise money and shed some light on what it feels like to go hungry. I then wrote an essay and eventually won a contest sponsored by World Vision where they brought three teenagers to Mozambique, Africa for 10 days to see the type of work our efforts helped and to get a glimpse of what life was like outside of the “white house with a picket fence, dog and 2.5 kids” with which we were raised.
The experience was life-changing to say the very least. I arrived as a smug 16-year-old who thought “roughing it” entailed eating McDonald’s while camping. I left a young woman with a bigger heart and a better understanding of the word “empathy” than I could ever hope to comprehend. World Vision took us to various hospitals, schools, farms and living communities to give us a glimpse of daily life for the people they were helping. We saw a food distribution take place that will forever be seared in my memory…families lining up for a liter of oil, a gallon of rice and two cups of beans. This food was to sustain them for an entire month, though the lesson that World Vision taught me at such a young age was not how to feed people, but how to teach people to feed themselves. For a country that was ravaged in a 16-year civil war that left their lands and their people profusely maimed, World Vision provided farming equipment and training on how to get back on their feet and start holding their heads high once again.
I could go on and on about the amazing changes World Vision has made over the last 60+ years since it was founded by a doctor who was heartbroken over one particular orphan he encountered in China. His message and determination brings us here today…it’s far too overwhelming to consider helping the entire world with one donation…but just think about the one child…the one family…the one meal you can provide to someone in need. I love that Plum District has made such a grand commitment to helping us help others. I hope you will do the same.
See what World Vision is doing now: http://www.worldvision.org/
Want to give the gift education to a child in need? Plum District will match your donation here.