What We've Been Up To Lately
So, 'Pink Elephant Products' is now 'Pink Elephant Products and Events L3C'. Yay! I'm excited about all the partnerships we're making with people and organizations committed to revitalizing neighborhoods and alleviating poverty and homelessness. Let us know what you think of our newly designed logo!
In addition to Eastern Market, we are now selling at the Birmingham Farmers Market. I'm hoping this new venue will not only be profitable for us, but will also help us raise awareness with a new audience about our events and the charities these events support. We are also planning to be a part of a new pop-up retail space in Twelve Oaks Mall called Emerge; we'll be in the space from June 20 through July 2.
If you follow us on social media, you probably already know about our upcoming Wine Tasting to Benefit Detroit Phoenix Center on May 23rd at Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room in Royal Oak . DPC is an organization that provides youth experiencing homelessness with the resources they need to improve their health, wealth, and self-sufficiency. What does that look like? Youth have access to: Food | Clothing | Rest | Hygiene Items | Phone & Computers | Showers | Washer & Dryer | Transportation Assistance | Education Support & Life Skills Classes | Housing & Mental Health Referrals | Recreational Activities | Supportive & Caring Staff - follow Detroit Phoenix Center on Facebook @detroitphoenixcenter, and on the web at http://www.detroitphoenixcenter.org/
You can learn a bit more about DPC and founder Courtney Smith in the video below.
On June 10, we'll have a fundraiser for Team Pink Elephant's participation in Life Remodeled's 2017 project. Life Remodeled is a Detroit-based nonprofit that invests approximately $5 million in cash, labor and materials into one Detroit neighborhood each year. Projects are determined by the community’s needs and vision. Life Remodeled partners assist in three areas: Remodeling a school or other community asset, repairing owner-occupied homes, and mobilizing 10,000 volunteers to clean up 300 city blocks in six days.
As 2017 marks the 50th year anniversary of the 1967 Detroit uprising, Life Remodeled and its partners will invest in the neighborhood surrounding Central High School, the city’s first public high school, in the community where Detroit’s civil unrest began. This is Life Remodeled’s first two-year commitment to Central High School and the surrounding neighborhood, and their largest project to date. The project will include transforming the Durfee building into a Community Innovation Center which will operate in partnership with Central High School and DPSCD, assembling 12,000 volunteers to remove blight on 300 city blocks, and board up 300 vacant houses , the performance of critical repairs for 50 homeowners, and the development of meaningful and sustainable partnerships to continue community investment after project completion.
If you'd like to be a part of Team Pink Elephant and participate in the volunteer mobilization taking place from July 31 - August 2, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about the 2017 project in the video below.
On July 15, we'll have a fundraiser for Single Family Living. SFL's mission is to provide positive guidance and outreach to single families in the areas of financial budgeting, relationships, family care, counseling, life skills, stress management and economic-development. SFL helps single parents achieve their goals and strengthen family values, offers an environment of peer self-confidence, support groups, family activities, and provides single-parents with tools for personal growth. You can follow Single Family Living on Facebook @singlefamilyliving. Follow our Facebook page @pinkelephantproducts and website for upcoming details about the event!
Lastly, a project I'm super excited about - we are in the process of forming a non-profit to complete a community development project on Mayfield street on Detroit's east side. We are working with Love Earth Herbal, an urban farming company producing fine teas; they are expanding production to include vegetables as well. You can see a bit more in the video below, and follow their Facebook page @Loveearthherbal.
As always, we truly appreciate the support of our customers - without you, none of our work would be possible!