Aljona Tcherniavskaia: Turning Heartache Into Hope

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February of this year, Ajona (she/her), who is half Russian / half Ukrainian and living in Los Angeles, CA, felt called to action. Her Support for Ukraine t-shirts are raising funds for World Central Kitchen, United Help Ukraine, and Revived Soldiers Ukraine. Here is Aljona’s story written in her own…

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Creating Safe Spaces for Queer & Trans Youth

Lauren Anderson (she/her), AKA Lauren Marigold, is a queer, plus size, eco-conscious, style influencer (among many other things) who lives in Orange County, CA with her partner, V (they/them). Lauren’s goal in life is to create spaces and communities where everyone feels welcome and included. Together, Lauren and V created their Protect Queer & Trans…

Gabby Frost: Using Art to Smash Stigmas & Start Conversations

Gabby Frost (she/her) is a 24-year-old artist, mental health advocate, content creator, and public speaker. She is also the founder of Buddy Project – a non-profit movement aiming to prevent suicide by pairing people as buddies and raising awareness for mental health. Through her art brand, GMF Designs, Gabby creates designs that open up dialogue…

Evelyn Burttram: Crochet Finds A Way With Pink Sheep Design

Evelyn Burttram, AKA The Pink Sheep, is the creator and maker behind Pink Sheep Design, a brand for crochet enthusiasts (and creatives of all kinds) that focuses on promoting happiness, creative empowerment, and community. They are known for their beginner-friendly, super-bulky patterns, their 3D printed & ergonomic jumbo crochet hooks and tools, and their live…

Must Love Dogs and Comedy…and T-shirts!

Must Love Dogs and Comedy is an NYC-based company that produces dog-friendly comedy shows that raise money for charity. It was founded by Jolie Dudley (she/her) and Nicolas Polanco (he/him). Here is their story, written by Must Love Dogs and Comedy co-founder, Jolie Dudley. “Must Love Dogs and Comedy is a female and minority-owned small…

A New Leash on Life for Older Rescue Pugs at Vintage Pug Senior Sanctuary

Vintage Pug Senior Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, retirement, and hospice care of unwanted or abandoned senior pugs. Here is their story, written by Vintage Pug Senior Sanctuary co-founder, Melissa McCartney. “We run a hospice sanctuary for unwanted or abandoned senior pugs and pug mixes. Oftentimes these sweet seniors come to…

The Cloth Option: A Sustainable Alternative

This is a story written by Kaitlyn Japikse.  Kaitlyn is a board member and distribution advocate who has been with The Cloth Option since it was started. “Matt flips through the last few diapers left until next payday: “one, two, three, four, five, six.” With just over a week left until that check comes, he…

Friends of Tonga: Rebuilding Classrooms and Communities

A story written by Michael Hassett, the President of Friends of Tonga. “We met in the Kingdom of Tonga, when we served as Peace Corps Volunteers from 2012-2014. We lived on different island groups: I was on the main island of Tongatapu and Chiara was on the outer island of ‘Eua. In 2018, Cyclone Gita battered the…

Raising Ralph Foundation: Being a Voice for Those Who Can’t

Tiffany Simon was writing a blog post about raising a son on the autism spectrum and decided she wanted to do more for her community. She created an online merch store on Bonfire to advocate for autism awareness and acceptance while donating the profits to public school autism programs that support their mission. Tiffany says,…

The Momlife Mindset

Erin Trier is a mom of four, a wellness coach, and a woman who is super passionate about supporting other moms and giving back to the motherhood community. Erin decided to create The Momlife Mindset, a brand that is centered around creating products that help moms prioritize their self-care and protect their peace. “I want…

Shining a Light in Darkness

A story written by Jordan Combs. “I am the director of a nonprofit organization in South Dakota called Light of Mine Ranch. We help support foster families and children in foster care. Our ultimate goal is to build homes for foster families centralized on a ranch property. Instead of a group home, we want to…

Clothed in Strength: Support for Women in Rural Guatemala

A story written by Meagan Ephraim de Rios. “Women in Guatemala carry a great responsibility within the social dynamic of their family. While living in harsh conditions that oftentimes include no electricity and dirt floors, the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters, women, work and sacrifice to maintain their households and families. I learned this…