Just beCAUSE

woodlandfairies

These woodland fairy ornaments will be for sale at beCAUSE Craft Show along with many more of my hand felted accessories and torn paper collage art!

UPDATE: This show was wonderful! I was able to raise $125 for my cause. I am also going to donate 25% of my etsy sales for the month of April. My shop reopens on April 1st with some wonderful new items. Thanks!

On March 22nd I will be participating in a unique craft show that is happening at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester Vermont:

The beCAUSE Craft Show is not like any other you have ever experienced! It was created so that our local community could reach out and help many organizations that are in need through the efforts of one event, while supporting the business of local vendors.
March 22nd will mark the 8th year the show has run and it just keeps growing. The unique quality about beCAUSE is that every purchase made at the show directly supports a charity or non-profit organization. The show has raised well over $79,000 collectively in the past 8 years and this year promises to be even more successful, with more vendors attending. There will be over 100 Vermont handcrafters selling their wares, and all of them have committed to donating 50%-100% of their profits to a charity of their choice.

The admission price of the show is $3 and will be donated directly the Vermont Foodbank. Come support this grassroots effort to create global change by supporting local vendors. Be active in your community and support local Vermont businesses by attending the beCAUSE craft show.

This is a day filled with joy and generosity…please come and bring your friends. You will be so happy you did!

Meals

Boxes of meals awaiting delivery to Rutland area food pantries at the 20,000 Meals Challenge in January 2014.

I am donating 50% of my profits from the beCAUSE craft show to End Hunger NE/Outreach, Inc. for Rutland’s 40,000 Meals Challenge in January 2015. End Hunger NE empowers local groups like congregations, schools and businesses to take a stand in the fight against hunger. By packing meals with volunteers, this project allows even a small group to feed hundreds of neighbors at $0.25 a serving.

Volunteers

Volunteers from the Rutland community assembling meals at the 20,000 Meals Challenge in 2014.

Rutland’s 40,000 Meals Challenge is both a community supported event and a ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.The bulk ingredients for the event are purchased through  End Hunger NE and assembled into six serving sized bags at the church. Volunteers from throughout the greater Rutland area gather on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to set up the assembly lines, package and box  the meals, and deliver them to food pantries throughout Rutland County.

If you are in the Burlington area, I encourage you to attend – and maybe even start your Christmas shopping early – at the beCAUSE Craft Show!  Not only will you find some wonderful handmade products, but each purchase will also help to support a worthy cause. For more info on the event and a list of vendors and their charities please visit beCAUSEcraftshow.com or follow them on facebook at facebook.com/beCAUSECraftShow.

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