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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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3 Girls. 3 Wishes.

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At Dogeared, a large part of our corporate culture is shaped by supporting our community and giving back – through volunteering, partnerships and financial support. For the past two years, Dogeared has enjoyed an incredible partnership with Step Up, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to inspiring girls to fulfill their potential. Step Up offers after-school and weekend programs to empower teen girls from under-resourced communities to be confident, college-bound and career-ready. Many of these teens face challenging life circumstances and Step Up ensures that they stay in school, helping guide their futures to break the cycle of poverty frequently helping them be the first in their family to attend college. Step Up recruits an extensive network of professional women to invest in the future success of these girls through mentorship and financial support. Step Up projects that for a fifth straight school year, 100% of seniors will graduate high school and be accepted to college!

Help Dogeared support 3 of these amazing young women from Step Up as they prepare to take their next big step: college! $7 from each NEW Three Wishes purchase goes directly into scholarship funds through Step Up to support a beautiful cause: providing essential scholarships to these deserving young women determined to make their dreams come true. We sat down with the bubbling young ladies to chat life, school, the future and of course, Step Up. Meet Elizabeth, Mydrea & Wendy!

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Giving Tuesday

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It’s #GivingTuesday! Dogeared is proud to partner with Step Up, a nonprofit propelling girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential. For every purchase made today on dogeared.com, $5 goes directly to them!

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Here is some history from GivingTuesday.org:

#GivingTuesday™ (#GT) is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for #GivingTuesday. We ask that partners create and commit to a project for/on #GivingTuesday and then help spread the word to their networks.

New York’s 92nd Street Y was the catalyst and incubator for #GivingTuesday, bringing the expertise of 139 years of community-management to the project and providing #GivingTuesday a home. The United Nations Foundation joined as partners, bringing their strategic and communications clout to the project. An amazing team of influencers then offered their ideas, contacts and wisdom to help shape and improve the concept. A powerful list of corporations and non-profits agreed to be founding partners, helping spread the word and committing to their own #GivingTuesday initiatives. Since then, countless organizations, friends and leaders have all added their support and talents to make #GivingTuesday a reality.

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