FROM SOCIAL MEDIA TO SOCIAL IMPACT
Jenni Vorderman is an acclaimed photographer who was awarded by Kenneth Cole Productions as the #ShareGood winner for her work with The Mighty Acorn Foundation, an organization that rescues children living in unimaginable conditions across the globe.
“For the last two years I have been working closely with The Mighty Acorn Foundation. The Foundation was started in 2013 by friends, David and Denise DeMarchis, and I have been blessed to join them on their journey.” Jenni tells Kenneth Cole Productions. “While the Foundation is not specifically focused on any one geographic area, their first major project was centered on the Kipsongo Slums of Kitale, Kenya. The slum is home to more than thirteen thousand people occupying only 6.5 acres of land, and located on top of an old dumpsite. It is a place referred to by the locals as ‘Place of the Dogs’ or ‘Place of Hopelessness’. Many of the children who live in the Slum are fending for themselves, just as many are orphaned, and many more are at risk for drug and sex trafficking.”
“Through my photography, I have been able to help tell the stories of the people that I have met in Kitale, and also help bring awareness to their plight. One of the more important projects that I’ve worked on with this Foundation was interviewing and photographing over eighty girls living within the Slum, with the hope of finding sponsors for them in the states. These sponsorships are not just about writing a check to cover everyday needs, but rather, to connect hearts and nurture long term relationships. For me there is no greater reward than to bare witness to that kind of ‘coming together’. The work I am able to do in Kitale, is work that I always dreamed of doing. To be working so closely with a Foundation that places value on developing long lasting relationships with those they are working alongside, has been the greatest blessing.”
“I am currently working with The Mighty Acorn Foundation to network teenagers with area mentors, and to place them in internships as they phase into adulthood. Although the act of ‘giving back’ is different for everyone, I believe that if we are able to tap into our own calling and connect with something greater than ourselves, then the world would be a much better place. Start by finding an organization that speaks to you, place a call to see how you might help, or step out on your own and do something that inspires you. The greatest thing you can do is take the first step.”
I’m not quite sure how the saying goes…Something like “I’m 20 days late and 100 bucks short” or something like that. Or maybe nothing like that at all.
Whatever it is excuse my absence. I’ve got no great reasons. Just the simple, “I’m exhausted all the time”. Then I put the kids to bed, do my work and I’m way ready to hit the bed.
So ya, that is my lame lack of excuse for not finishing the 12 days of Christmas. I’m so hanging my head between my knees of embarrassment.
Anywho…I’m back. Still tired but things are looking up. Kids are back in school. The new puppy is sweet as cane be. Franklin actually likes him. Things are steadily rolling at Mighty Acorns. We keep talking about opening a little shop on the site, cute findings we see in Africa, so I really wanna work on that. We’ve got a meeting with Katie from Change the Face of Beauty next week. Can’t wait for that. This summer’s tour is gonna be AMAZING. I’ve been helping a little behind the scenes with The Good Ones, it’s been quite fun. New and fresh. Matilda Jane’s Spring release is about to launch. I’m a tad emotional over it. It was my last Collection with Sam. I never got to see it to the finishing point but one thing I know, the fabrics are beyond SPECTACULAR. All I can think is… bring out those Livie & Luca Petal shoes or Mary Jane’s cuz it is oh, so lovely. Just a really sweet and delicate collection. The floral prints and the trims. My golly..the trims….THIS COLLECTION SO NEEDS THE SWEETIE HEARTS IN YELLOW. ( I so need a girl..and no I am NOT having a baby.)
Okay, I’m starting to miss a few things so let me share who I really miss….my Grandpa. Oh, that man. Be still my heart. Anytime I reflect on who I am and who I want to become more of I see him grinning down at me and saying “Nece, you are one of the good ones.” Ha, it was one of the last things he said to me. And the moment he said it I knew what he meant. The next day he took all his might and gave me a hig, patted my back and loved me like none other. Oh, that man. Oh, how my heart aches for him daily.
Well, thanks for being patient with me and my blogging. I’ve got a wonderful friend coming to share some beautiful stories to stay tuned a little longer as we set out to conquer the face of beauty one city at a time, put smiles on our kiddos faces in Kitale, figure out how to decorate a trailer (this should be fun) and certainly lots of puppy pics!
This just in….the sweet folks at Teryelle have committed to donating 20% of their purchases towards Mighty Acorns intitiaive to Change the Face of Beauty. How cool is that? And how overwhelming it is to get such a gift. Thank you!!
“I love the opportunity to work with companies that are interested in representing models of all abilities! The moment I met Terry, owner and designer of Teryelle Girls I knew she believed in the mission of Changing the Face of Beauty as much as I did. She was very excited to come together on a collaboration for Christmas!
The Teryelle line is super fun and edgy and it was inspired by our own funky street style here in Chicago! I love it and think it looks fabulous on all girls. I especially love the colors and patterns! The are a blast to pair with just about anything.
These girls look fabulous if you ask me! My favorite part of these projects is the affect they have on everyone involved. The models, the parents, the volunteers and especially the designers. To see how everyone can come together and create amazing imagery is something pretty magical. I always leave with a big happy heart.
Now for the good part! From now until Christmas Eve Teryelle will be donating 20% of sales to our favorite foundation, The Mighty Acorn Foundation to support their Christmas in Kitale! They are hoping to make this Christmas magical for all the kids living in their orphanage in Kenya! Teryelle plans to help make that happen!
Please check out all their amazing designs on their site. Make sure to keep up with their happenings on Instagram!
Thank you Teryelle for believe in the mission behind Changing the Face of Beauty as well as showing your consumers that you value every single one of them!
Much Love – Katie
I seriously wish that sun would start to shine. I woke up and went back to bed 45 minutes later. Ya, that bad mood one just can’t shake found me. I’m blaming it on Mr Sunshine not showing his face for day. And days. I was laying there thinking…after all this success and great experiences I have been through and I really any more happy than I was 7 years ago. That is a quick answer, NOPE. I am still that same ‘ole girl from 7th grade. Always eager to please others, always throwing that fake smile around when I’m bumming on the inside and jsut making sure every one else is happy before I am happy. They do say “happiness is best kept when given away” and I will vouche for that. Obviously there are a lot of things in life that make me happy but seeing a smile on another’s face is truly at the top of my list.
With that said, below are the 3 winners of the bag. Just PM me at Mighty Acorn on FB with your address.
Stacy Glickman Larson A really awesome homemade dollhouse. I think it is the only thing my dad ever built!
Jennifer LaShomb I used o work for Caribou Coffee and we had a regular named Keith, we called him Twitch because he was twitchy and always ordered 6 shots of straight espresso. I was always on bar and I liked the regulars and I liked Keith so I’d always throw an extra set his way. So when the time came to go back to college for the year – I let the regulars know. Keith inquired on what I was studying. I was in the graphic arts program. He asked if he could come see my work. Now, I was living at home and he was late twenties but it wasn’t creepy. He said “ask your Dad”. He came over on night and my Dad made him coffee and I showed him my book. I went back to school that Fall and when I came home from Christmas break my Dad was all dorked out. He basically drug me up the stairs the moment I walked in the door. I could hear Tori Amos playing loudly in my room. Up the stairs I went to find a brand nee computer. Keith had visited my Dad after I went back to school and said he was a programmer for Microsoft. He built me a computer with all of the programs on it (very very expensive ones at that) and my Dad paid for all of it. He got divorced shortly after and moved to Florida. I never heard from him again. Talk about changing the course of my career. I got a job with the largest ad agency at the time straight out of school.
and of course..cuz I love them too…
Emily Brockman Crail Fashion Plates!
I hope to someday do for someone else what he did for me.
Sitting here reading all these entries is like a flashback to when I had my old Typepad blog. I feel like I kinda have been sitting still as the world spun around me and I’m just re-awakening. If that makes any sense.
So the size 4 Flutter and Bag go to…
Brooke ‘Anderson’ Malko Having my entire family over to help decorate our tree and watch old home videos and feed them of course!
And the 5 prints go to ….I’m gonna throw in a gift card to get a frame for it at Micheal’s. I bought the one BELOW there, just off the shelf. Stunning.
Melissa Troedel I simply told the clerk checking me out to have a Great day. Instantly her face changed from bored to cheery. Sometimes it just takes a few simple words
Caroline Ruta Buying art supplies for a young lady for the angel tree at church
I already did, by waking my daughter with kisses and treating her like a baby, she loves it! She was beaming from ear to eat with her eyes closed acting like she was still sleeping.. Melts my heart!
Heidi Anderson Adam I try to make eye contact with people and smile at them. It usually makes them smile back and I always feel really good when they do!
K, girls, just PM us at Might Acorns and we’ll get your goods out this week.
xoxo – Denise
And for flashback fun just about 7 years ago my life was all about
December 11, 2007
I have spent the last 2 hours just googling for Xmas gifts and haven’t spent a dime. YIKES. I have found lots of great shoes for the Beast. Like he really needs shoes and like I have any money to spare on shoes. My fabric bill is out of this world. We won’t even talk about that.
So thanks to all for supporting the cause and helping me get rid of a ton of “end of the season stuff”. We still have a bit left and I have been getting quite a few emails, I’m trying to respond promptly but we are admist a workshop over haul. Yes, that little 5-600 sq feet workshop needs to fit 3 desk for next season plus inventory galore. It’ll be a tight squeeze. We all love eachother SOO much that’ll it’ll be fine. Though, I guess I should take showers more often!! Maybe I will get some time for Xmas.
I just came across this pic, ( thank you Shannon) And OMG she looks just liek me when I was younger. It almost freaks me out.
Joe and I had a great trip to Omaha. Our plane was delayed a couple* times on the way there. As soon as we landed David called and said Pat was playing, and OMG we had to run so fast to get to the game buy the 2nd period. SO fast that I bribed Joe with a camera. It was a great game, as well as the game on Saturday. We left Sunday morning only to return home Monday afternoon after many more** delays!! The worst part was Joe loves to buy food for the hockey players and I was too tired to wait and give it to them. So we had to bring it all home on the plane. I looked like a complete idiot with 4 grocery bags of cereal, macroni and cheese, and what not hauling threw the aiport.
Okay, back to googling. Sorry for the lack of communication lately. You know, no excuse jsut the normal business. Hopefully, we can get the workshop in order. I need to post some pics without emberassing myself. I’ll stage a few great desk shot and impress you all!!!
Just to share, here’s my old and latest addictions freepeople.com, garnetthill.com, flora and henri, the curiousity shoppe and so on, and please if you have a little chick buy these. I love them and Gabe, well, he probably would not. Check out darly bird
“If it is both terrifying and amazing, then you should definitely pursue it.”
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