At Bags To Butterflies, our efforts for giving back go beyond the financial contributions. Our humanitarian contributions to female returning citizens are equally important as financial contributions. We are committed to the concept of “people giving to people, so they can give to others.”
Each year, Bags to Butterflies donates a percentage of our handbag sales to various organizations that support the mental, emotional and financial needs of women.
In November 2015, Bags to Butterflies teamed up with The Pink Fund to create specific designed handbags made from acrylic. From that initiative, Bags To Butterflies donated twenty percent of the sales proceeds in support of their mission to provide financial assistance to women with breast cancer.
The life of each woman is being enhanced and changed through outreach efforts. We connect them with available resources, support, and networking organizations that can make a difference in their lives. Currently, we are exploring ways to address opportunities for female returning citizens to continue their education and ways to bridge the gap of financial literacy. Moreover, we believe that the positive impact on just one woman's life is far greater than any financial contribution.
At Bags To Butterflies, we design and produce hand-made handbags. Most of our handbags are constructed from re-purposed woods that have slight variations in the wood grain. The variations are not characterized as imperfections, but the character of old materials that have been given new life. The same new life emphases are shared with each female returning citizen. Our hands-on approach for our handbag production is used to demonstrate how something old and discarded can be transformed into something beautiful and unique. Moreover, the ladies are shown how the same transformation can be accomplished in their lives through commitment and perseverance, despite an imperfect past or their imperfections.
Pieces of an un-assembled handbag are used to represent the process for rebuilding one’s life: one step at a time. Although similar in appearance, each handbag adornment is what makes the handbags distinct and different. Some of our adornments are made from fused glass that is set in a wooden bezel; no two bezels are alike. Each handbag, like each of the women in the program, has its own story.