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We Give Back
Working for Peace
Sunbeam Candles contributes 30% of the profits of The Candle For Peace to three humanitarian organizations all working toward creating equality in the realms of health care, mental health, housing, social services, political and social justice, and the health of our food systems. These organizations are working in our very own neighborhoods as well as our greater global community to spread the light to people in need.
Sunbeam Candles is committed not only to the health and well being of our employees and customers, but the health and well being of the living thing we depend on for our product. Bees! We are so excited to be able to support the Pollinator Partnership. This organization is a wonderful balance of research and education. We all have the capacity to do our part to support the health of very important pollinators. Pollinator Partnership truly takes a strength-based approach to education and research.
Pollinator Partnership takes a pro-active approach of executing their mission to promote the health of pollinators (not only bees), critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides are the signature initiatives of Pollinator Partnership . NAPPC supports local, national, and international groups and organizations who focus on the health of resident and migratory pollinating animals in North America. The Pollinator Partnerships also coordinates with existing projects that address specific pollinator habitats or migratory corridors. NAPPC works with over 120 organizations acting as a liaison between government, non-government, private and non-profit groups, colleges and universities, as well as international efforts to keep the pulse on the global health of all the complex parts of pollination. NAPPC acts as a bridge between all of the most important conversations and research that is happening today. They work hard to make sure efforts are not being duplicated and the knowledge obtained through research is available to all.
The Ecoregional Planting Guides is a fabulous resource available to everyone through the Pollinator Partnership website. This planting guide will help you chose plants that are desired by pollinators. This is one of the easiest ways that all of us can participate in restoring and supporting the health of our bee population as well as all pollinators. Plant pollinator friendly. Pollinator Partnership also hosts National Pollinator Week. A week of playful education on pollinator issues.
We feel proud to support Pollinator Partnership because of the diverse and asset based approach they take to supporting the health of not only bees but all pollinators. They are not an organizations that is only knowledge based, they are action based. They provide tools available to all of us to educate ourselves as well as our communities. If you are passionate about pollinators this organization has a number of resources available on their website, from school garden kits to classroom curriculums, conservation grant information to an APP available for your phone that is a planting guide. Next time your at your local greenhouse, you can call on you handy APP to see whether the plant your choosing is a pollinator friendly plant!
Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
MSF works Globally in 60 countries to serve people whose survival is threatened by violence (South Sudan), neglect (CAR), or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, malnutrition (Chad), exclusion from health care (Bahrain), or natural disasters (Haiti). MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. The work that MSF provides is some of the hardest and most disparate in the world; and while most of what one sees is tragic and devastating beyond anything we can comprehend, you will find the glimmers of hope and survival. In Haiti a new emergency surgery medical facility was just completed adding 107 beds to the city of Port-Au-Prince. This is the third new facility since the earthquake in 2010. Making the efforts in Haiti the largest emergency operation in MSF history. The facility is called Nap Kenbe, Creole for “staying well”.
Ithaca Welcomes Refugees
Ithaca Welcomes Refugees (IWR) is a volunteer-led initiative, founded in December 2015, as a result of collective community reaction to the global refugee crisis. IWR works to foster a welcoming and fair environment for refugees and at-risk immigrants in our region. Our hope is that these efforts will continue the development of Ithaca as a welcoming host community in times of great global need. Ithaca Welcomes Refugees is a proud member of Welcoming America.
Services and activities are designed to continue the development of Ithaca as a welcoming host community. These include apartment set up and basic needs support, cultural and community orientation, financial assistance for resettlement and emergency support, education for the community on refugee and immigrant issues, fundraising, and training for volunteers.
In addition to ongoing activities, IWR is actively working on the development of long-term programming to address gaps in local community services, with the goal of reducing existing barriers to the integration and empowerment of refugees and at-risk immigrants.
Ithaca Welcomes Refugees is a proud member of Welcoming America.
Love Knows No Bounds
Love Knows No Bounds is working toward a world in which the housing needs of the most vulnerable citizens are at the forefront of people’s consciousness. We believe that a home should be a refuge from the harshness of the world, not a continuation of it. We collect and deliver good quality donated beds and furniture, and perform critical home repairs, to ensure that everyone gets to live in a safe, functional, and comfortable home.
Our larger vision is that each person works to end poverty and homelessness worldwide through the simple act of sharing skills, education, training, and employment opportunities, access to health care, and material goods with our neighbors near and far; each person voluntarily sharing his or her areas of privilege and abundance to uplift others who are struggling to meet their own needs