We liked Open Arms as soon as we heard about it. Leslie Beasley’s Austin-based social enterprise is committed to creating awareness that everyday choices can change the world. And that’s something that really rings true for all of us here at Daily Grommet where we focus on increasing the power of Citizen Commerce.
Open Arms employs refugees from around the world who make beautiful scarves from 100% recycled materials such as old t-shirts. The organization is focused on breaking the cycle of poverty and on providing enrichment opportunities as well as language skills training to its employees. Scarf-makers at Open Arms enjoy the freedom that comes from earning a reasonable wage (typically $3-7 higher per hour than the federal minimum wage).
The entire Open Arms effort represents triumph and hope to refugee women everywhere. You can support this amazing work in three ways:
1 – Learn more about refugees in your own community. Find out about the ways in which you might be able to assist them as they resettle in our country (here).
2 – Keep your old t-shirts out of landfills and donate them to Open Arms where they will find their way right into the production line.
In the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”