Every Friday The Foundry Home Goods donates 5% of our total sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. This Friday's Foundry Giving Friday recipient? Avenues for Youth!
This Giving Friday marks the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of our Giving Friday Initiative. Read more about how it started (and how it's going) here.
A year in, we're bringing back a cause we love: Avenues For Youth. Avenues For Youth is a Minnesota based nonprofit that partners with youth in Hennepin county experiencing homelessness. Avenues For Youth has supported young people ages 16-24 for over 25 years, providing stable housing, building trusted relationships, and partnering with each human on an individual level to advocate for (and working together building the skillsets to advocate for themselves) in navigating education, career, health and wellness, and housing goals. We are particularly inspired by their Host Home program, which gives youth in need of housing a choice to live with a member of their community. Informed by a philosophy of "solidarity, not charity" the Host Home program is based on the idea that communities thrive most when we share our resources from the perspective of 'us and us' and not 'us and them'. Indeed.
If you don't need anything from us, please consider donating directly to Avenues for Youth here. If you do find yourself in need of fresh linens or anything else to make your own zone feel like home know that your purchase goes to support good change happening on the community level.
Thanks to Anna for the nomination!
If YOU have a worthy cause to nominate for our Foundry Giving Friday initiative, pop on over to our Nomination Page and drop us a line. We're all in this together.