Giving back during this pandemic

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Here's how Lumenrose Jewelry is giving back in April.
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Feeling grateful for your business, my health and access to as many deserted nature trails as I could imagine, this month seemed like a critical one in which to give back. Here are some organizations I chose to support and to whom I will continue to donate a portion of Lumenrose profits. I would love to hear of organizations you are passionate about. Feel free to email me or leave a comment at the bottom of the blog post!
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And on another note, I feel so incredibly grateful for those of you who have chosen to support small artists during this time. I am doing the same and have actually bought jewelry for myself from other metalsmiths I admire. In the vein of why supporting artists matters, here is my personal favorite and most-read blog post of all time. Shopping small always has meaningful impact, but now it seems like an especially important time. 
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Ok, read on for the organizations that your Lumenrose purchases allowed me to support this month:
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Making sure food is available to community members who need it.
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They've created a support fund for domestic workers, many of whom likely aren't going to receive a stimulus check, but who are providing essential services to our community.
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Rescuing produce from the dump! Literally! This tireless organization collects fresh produce that for many reasons won't make it to its original destination, and they distribute it for extremely affordable prices (ie $12 for up to 70lbs!) at locations throughout Arizona.
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Advocating for the silent landscapes throughout Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico that cannot speak for themselves in the onslaught of border fence construction, wildlife corridor disruption, and human-caused habitat destruction.
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Push your boundaries a little bit and consider what if we each gave cash or volunteered to buy groceries for a complete stranger. This completely people-run network is grassroots and operates on a Slack channel that you can check on your own time. Sign up to help in your area, either simply by making phone calls to folks affected by Covid-19 to see what kind of help they need, or you can actually send money directly to individuals. A way to make an impact immediately for someone who's struggling.
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Organizing for migrant and worker rights. They are currently creating an immigrant worker safety fund to distribute money to low-wage excluded workers who do not qualify for unemployment or other social benefits. Think about all the workers, documented or not, who make our restaurants, hotels, airports, and construction industries, etc function.
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BONUS*:
A few businesses I LOVE purchasing from and who I'm sure would appreciate your support right now (some are offering Mother's Day specials!)
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Fair Trade handbags and more! Malia products are made by at-risk and disabled women in Cambodia who in many cases have been affected by human trafficking. Currently offering Mother's Day bundles and 30% off with code SPRING2020.
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Sensual, subtle, luxurious and sustainable silk clothing and accessories. Elana hand-forages and creates dyes from plants that produce the most luscious neutral color palette. Her goods are top notch.
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A thoughtful, eclectic boutique with home goods, clothing, accessories and more. Based outside Zion National Park. Currently offering a discount for Mother's Day!
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Handcrafted everything! Artwork, key hooks, jewelry, clothing, stationary, skincare products, you name it. This woman-owned shop in the heart of downtown Tucson is a vibrant, loving part of the community.
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*disclaimer I may sell my jewelry at a couple of these businesses, but please look at what else they sell!

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