Our October Challenge is underway! Every year, we hold a challenge during Breast Cancer Awareness month and donate the proceeds to our friends at the Breast Treatment Task Force, who provide women's healthcare to women around the city that can't afford it. In addition, we are hosting a Strong Women Uplift Each Other: Women's Illness event to highlight Uplift Trainer/Breast Cancer Survivor Vera's new webseries, "Bare Breasted Against Breast Cancer". You won't want to miss it!"
We brought our lightly used towels to our pals at Bideawee, an incredible animal rescue in Murray Hill. While we like to provide our clients with brand-new, white towels, our furry friends at Bideawee don't mind towels that have lost their coloring! Considering donating your own there instead of throwing them away!
"When they go low, we go local."
On May 31st, 35 incredible women packed into our studio for our most successful Strong Women Uplift Each Other event yet, on Feminism, Policy, and Activism. Our Philanthropy Director, Cassie, moderated a conversation between Natalia Mehlman Petrzela (historian, author, and podcaster), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Tony-Nominated Actress and Activist) and Kate McDonough (political journalist at Fusion). On top of discussing the history and future of feminism and our roles/responsibilities as women operating under an oppressive political system, all proceeds went to our friends at Planned Parenthood. Keep your eyes peeled for more events like this coming very soon!
This March, we partnered up with the New York Women's Foundation, a charity organization that creates an equitable and just future for women and families by uniting a cross-cultural alliance that ignites action and invests in bold, community-led solutions across the city. We are so inspired by their dedication to support women-generated ideas and businesses. We sweat it out to a classic Uplift Strength class and all proceeds went to the NYWF!
This January/February, we are using Conscious Tampons in our bathrooms! Not only is this company organic AND created by some incredible women, but they also give back to women across the country in need. 26.4 million women in America cannot afford tampons. For every box of tampons Conscious sells, they donate organic and biodegradable pads to women in need. Try them out in the studio and sign up for your own subscription at home!
This January, we have partnered with Dress for Success, a non-profit that provides women in need with the clothing they need to enter to workplace. While we started this as a part of our Career and Inspiration Convention, we would love to open this to all of our clients! Have some lightly used business-wear that doesn't quite fit anymore? Bring it into the studio and donate it to a woman in need! In lieu of items of clothing, we are also accepting donations that will go right to Dress for Success' mission!
Find out more about Dress for Success HERE.
As you all know, Uplift is dedicated to philanthropy and giving back. Every single month we choose a cause that benefits women or children to volunteer with, raise money for, or help in some way.
Recent events have vulnerable populations concerned and afraid. We at Uplift have decided to band together to raise money for some imminently important causes. We have initiated a founding group—a "Circle of Six" women leaders—out of Uplift, who will comprise the main team for first fundraising effort of organizations that benefit women, racial equality, LGBTQ rights, fighting climate change, immigrant rights: all of the things that it appears could be under direct attack in coming weeks, months and years. Each founding member chose one particular non-profit to focus on and will donate at least $10 per month as a recurring gift to for a minimum of six months.
Leanne Shear: Planned Parenthood Action
Megan Eiss-Proctor: Safe Passage Project
Tracey Toomey McQuade: Safe Horizon
Cassie Gilling: Next Gen Climate
Ilana Diaz: Immigration Forum
Celia Keenan-Bolger: New York Civil Liberties Union
Clearly, money is power. And we are DETERMINED to use that power to continue to FOCUS on all of the GOOD in our world. Financial support is critical but so is staying informed and talking about these important issues. Uplift’s “Circle of Six” will keep each other informed about the challenges their individual organizations and the people in need face. If you are interested in more action items you can sign up at roganslist.blogspot.com (she lists at least 5 things you can do a day) or check out whatdoidoabouttrump.com, and holyfucktheelection.com for ways to get involved.
This summer we partnered with the American Autism Association (https://www.autismspeaks.org/) for an outdoor bootcamp led by our fearless Uplift leader, Leanne! All proceeds went directly to the American Autism Association. The weather was beautiful and our friends at AAA and our clients got their sweat on. So happy to be working with such an incredible organization fighting to advance the well-being of all living with autism.
"Beyoncé said it best: "Who run the world? Girls." This June we paired with Girls Inc. (http://www.girlsinc.org/), an organization that partners with local schools to deliver experiential programs that empower NYC girls to reach their full potential. Girls Inc. of NYC's mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold - sound familiar? Leanne led a fun outdoor workout event for a huge pack of women and we got MOVIN’...and were able to write a nice check to the organization afterward! We cannot wait to pair with Girls Inc. and their amazing leaders again!
While we love providing fluffy new towels for our clients, we hate having to throw out perfectly fine towels! We’ve started donating all of our towels to Bideawee (https://www.bideawee.org/), a lovely Animal Shelter/Adoption organization located in Manhattan. We are so happy to be spreading some love to our furry friends.
February is always a month of LOVE, both for ourselves and our loved ones. Starting in February of 2016, Uplift started to take it a step further and sent some love to women in need. We made 50 mini-care packages for the women at the Henry Street Women's Residence (http://www.henrystreet.org/programs/housing/third-street-womens-residence/), a transitional housing center for women previously dealing with homelessness. We asked our lovely ladies at Uplift to donate an old purse or tote bag. We passed them on to women in need, filled with tampons (donated by our lovely friends at Lola Tampons (https://www.mylola.com/#!/), bandaids, toothbrushes, deodorants and numerous other toiletries! We are still accepting donations in the form of lightly used purses and toiletries, so bring some in and help us #uplift our friends at the Henry St. Settlement!
Their mission is simple: “To end human trafficking in our time.” This incredible organization is changing the way we talk about human trafficking in NYC and throughout the world. In January of 2016, we raised funds for the Coalition through donations from our generous clients