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One Hour At A Time

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Dogeared is building a better world… one hour at a time! As a certified B-Corp, giving back and brining people together is part of what we do. In 2014, the Dogeared team logged in 897 volunteer hours at some of our favorite organizations:

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Step Up: Inspiring women to inspire girls! Step up believes all girls should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

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Dogeared donated a portion of proceeds from the Three Wishes Collection to the scholarship funds of three high school seniors, helping them achieve their dreams. 

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Dogeared proudly sponsored Step Up’s Teen Honoree and the graduating class of 2014 at this year’s Inspiration Awards. Founders Marcia Maizel-Clarke & Merlin Clarke pose with Teen Honoree, Tamia.

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Volunteers from our team spent a day at Scripps College with 40 Step Up girls at their annual College Connections Conference. Each of the girls was paired with a mentor to tour the school, ask questions & get the inside scoop on college life. Dogeared’s Creative Director, Mimi Kim-Ison, gave the keynote speech – encouraging the room to Dare To… and they all left with Dogeared necklaces! 

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Hope For Justicea global organization to end human trafficking and slavery. Hope for Justice identifies and rescues victims, advocates on their behalf, provides restorative care which rebuilds lives.

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Merlin Clarke, Owner and Head of Happenings at Dogeared, and his daughter, Grace, visited Cambodia in 2014 to spend time at Hope for Justice. 

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70% of Dogeared employees currently support Hope for Justice by providing personal monthly donations that are matched 100% by Dogeared. The efforts of the team have completely funded 2 of the newest girls to the program and provides them full access to therapy, education, medical care and more. In addition, Dogeared funds the school’s Kamir (language) teacher for the school year. 

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Beautify EarthSeeking to engage new artistic voices through education and outreach programs designed to inspire and provide a framework for previously undiscovered talent to flourish and help communities.

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Dogeared worked with thrdPlace & local volunteers to paint the #LincOnLinc mural – helping to beautify the local community in Venice Beach.

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Do Good BusStriving to create awareness for local causes, create community amongst volunteers and prove the power of working together to make a difference.

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The Dogeared Team loves working with the Do Good Bus because we never know where they’re taking us, but it is always such a fun day with the team bringing together communities and giving back. 

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L.A. Food Bank The hub for food distribution that has provided over 1 billion pounds of food since its founding 40 years ago.

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The team sorted and packed incoming donations of food from everyone from distributors, growers, food manufacturers and personal donations, providing shelters, soup kitchens, school programs, food pantries and senior centers with necessary food for families in need.

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Best Friends Animal SocietyCommitted to the mission to SAVE THEM ALL. Best Friends operates the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals and provides adoption, spay/neuter and educational programs.

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We spent an incredible afternoon at the no kill shelter in Mission Hills volunteering all around the facility. 

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One Voice A non profit organization helping families living at poverty level within our community.

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Every year, Dogeared co-founders Marcia & Merlin head up one of the giveaway centers for the One Voice Holiday Program in Los Angeles. Many of the staff and family and friends of Dogeared join hundreds of volunteers to participate in this amazing event that provides Christmas food baskets, toys and books to 2,500 families.

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Travel Diaries: Cambodia

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Merlin Clarke, Owner and Head of Happenings at Dogeared, and his daughter, Grace, recently took a give-back trip to Cambodia to spend time at Hope for Justice, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking and slavery among young women around the world.

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Sightseeing near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

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Their journey began before this trip was even planned—70% of Dogeared employees are currently supporting Hope for Justice by personally providing monthly donations that are matched by Dogeared. This sponsorship has completely funded 2 of the newest girls to the program and provides them full access to therapy, education, medical care and more.

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Receiving blessings bracelets after visiting the Temple at Angkor Wat.

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Our travel diary: My daughter had the week off from school and wanted to go somewhere and do something good. It makes me proud as a father that she wants to do more. As part of our commitment as a certified B-Corporation and the community at large, Dogeared employees participate in charitable services through investment and volunteer work. Hope for Justice is one of those foundations, and I was compelled to visit them and see the amazing things that they’re doing for these young women.

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Working directly with the girls was incredibly rewarding, but also the most difficult part of our trip. Our goal was to share some love, joy, fun and build connections with these inspiring young women.

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Merlin was moved when one of the girls talked about their visit:

“This week was very special to me.  I wish we could do this all the time with different projects. It would be so fun!  My favorite thing this week was drawing and painting pictures.  I painted birds and a house… the house I will live in one day.  It’s so pretty!”

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Despite the language barrier, it really felt like we were able to communicate with the girls on an emotional level . We also had the opportunity to visit a non-profit sustainable jewelry company, Penh Lenh (meaning ‘whole and complete’). The company works with the girls as therapy to provide a valuable skill they can take out into the world. There’s so much opportunity for Dogeared to train, help and mentor this business  as we continue our partnership with Hope for Justice. It’s such a natural fit for us and we’re excited for what’s to come.

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After returning, Merlin and Dogeared were compelled to do even more. Dogeared has decided to sponsor the school’s Kamir (language) teacher for an entire year so that he can continue working with the girls on communication skills. We always believe good things happen when people are able to be courageous and help one another.

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For more information about Hope For Justice and how you can get involved click here.

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