WHEAT

Support WHEAT on Arizona Gives Day

 

On April 4, Arizonans can support their favorite nonprofit for 24 hours of virtual giving.

The World Hunger Education, Advocacy and Training organization (WHEAT) is committed to ending hunger and poverty by educating, advocating, motivating and empowering individuals to action.

Formed in 1979 to address the root causes of hunger, WHEAT provides tools and resources to make a difference in the lives of others living in poverty, encouraging people to think globally, and act locally.

WHEAT increases the understanding, sensitivity and opportunity for change in the fight against hunger amongst all peoples.  WHEAT’s ultimate goal is the ability of the individual to become self-sustaining.
Now more than ever we need your support as we continue to help others help themselves through
WHEAT’s Social Impact Programs ~
Join us on Arizona Gives Day and make a difference!

AZ Gives on April 4; You Can, Too!

April 4, 2017 is a big day – We’ll be participating in #AZGivesDay, a 24-hour day of statewide giving, and would appreciate your support.

Please help us spread the word or, even better, schedule your gift in advance at:
AzGives.org/WHEAT

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Formed in 1979 to address the root causes of hunger, WHEAT provides tools and resources to make a difference in the lives of others living in poverty, encouraging people to think globally, and act locally.

WHEAT increases the understanding, sensitivity and opportunity for change in the fight against hunger amongst all peoples.

WHEAT’s ultimate goal is the ability of the individual to become self-sustaining.

Now more than ever we need your support as we continue to help others help themselves through
WHEAT’s Social Impact Programs ~
Join us on Arizona Gives Day and make a difference!
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Celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental to ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies. When women play an active role in civil society and politics, governments tend to be more open, responsive and transparent. When women are at the negotiating table, peace agreements are more durable.

Neptune, Bobby (2016, February 18).

Women and girls are poised to be key drivers of progress and growth but they need to be empowered through equal rights and equal opportunities. They need to be prepared for a 21st century economy through connection to finance, digital literacy, science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics.

And they need to be valued as leaders, peace-builders, and breadwinners in their communities and societies.

(2016, February 18). Empowering women and girls. Retrieved from usaid.gov.

WHEAT’s Story

When Jaye applied for WHEAT’s Training & Mentoring Program, she had years of experience working and always had to have more than one job in order to pay the rent, put food on the table for her 3 children and make sure they had clothes to wear to school. Jaye found herself in dire straits when she couldn’t find a second job after being laid off. For the first time, she found herself in line at the Food Bank, getting a food box and applying for SNAP. Jaye is a caring mother and wants the very best for her children, but she knew she needed to get a better job, but was afraid to give up the one she had. Jaye was underemployed. She was an exemplary student, always on time and always lending a hand to others in her class.

She excelled at customer service and relationship building. Her on-the-job experience was at a local non-profit agency, helping to guide clients to the right resources and services. When Jaye graduated from the 10-week program, she had many fruitful interviews. One she thought went particularly well and she was called back twice. She was getting a bit dejected, when finally the call came. SHE WAS HIRED. Jaye is now working behind the counter in a team leader position at a national rental car agency. They are providing her with benefits, something she never had before; a salary for a full-time position AND opportunities for growth in the company and advancement! Jaye has been employed and out of the program for 1-year and is now coming back to share her story as a presenter at WHEAT’s networking sessions for new participants.

 

 


WHEAT, Fair Trade and Earth Day

Fair Trade = Healthy Earth.

Earth Day encourages greater awareness of both our planet and the forces that threaten its health and future.  Fair Trade encourages not only respect for the producers but respect for the environment that produces many of the products that we rely on, purchase and consume.

Fair Trade is based on several principles that Fair Trade Organizations must follow in their day-to-day work and monitor to ensure that these principles are upheld.  One of these principles, “Respect for the Environment,” is defined as follows from the World Fair Trade Organization or WTO:

Organizations which produce Fair Trade products maximize the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources in their ranges, buying locally when possible. They use production technologies that seek to reduce energy consumption and where possible use renewable energy technologies that minimize greenhouse gas emissions. They seek to minimize the impact of their waste stream on the environment. Fair Trade agricultural commodity producers minimize their environmental impacts, by using organic or low pesticide use production methods wherever possible.

WHEAT and its  Fair Trade Store are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation and our mission is to work toward global economic sustainability for all .  We only carry Fair Trade products locally and globally grown and/or handcrafted.

The artisans we work with reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible. Fair Trade encourages environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain.  This not only makes for beautifully creative products, but a beautiful planet as well.

WHEAT’s Clothes Silo has recycled, reused and re-purposed beautiful women’s clothing into professional wardrobes for women in need who are returning to work or for their interview, free of charge, while also providing cost-effective clothing to the public.  Most pieces are just $6 each!

For social and environmental responsibility, we can, and should purchase locally grown produce as much as possible.  But the truth is that we rely on many products not grown locally, such as coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, coconuts, and the list continues.   Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Cottonseed Oil and Palm Oil are used in the making of soaps and many cosmetics we use.

According to Fair Trade USA, for Fair Trade Certified products, the most toxic chemicals are not used and there are no GMOs. Fair Trade organizations develop a strategic approach to integrated pest management, the safe use and handling of agrochemicals, responsible waste management, protection of soil and water and biodiversity, and reduction of energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

Fair Trade not only cares for the producers, it cares for the planet and it’s growing.  An estimated 30% of Fair Trade farmer organizations invest their premiums for community development into initiatives such as reforestation, water conservation, environmental education and organic certification. In fact, over half of all Fair Trade imports into the U.S. are certified organic.

When we think of preserving our planet there are so many small changes we can make, small changes in habits that have a positive impact on real people, animals and beautiful places.  So, the next time you shut off all the lights in the house, grab that re-usable shopping bag and water bottle and hop on your bike to the market, you can look for that Fair Trade label and know you have taken one more step to respect our planet.  By stepping up and making changes in our everyday habits and changes in the way we purchase, we can make a difference.

Earth Day 2017 is officially recognized on Saturday, April 22nd celebrating our planet and the people who inhabit it.

 

Help WHEAT end poverty and hunger.
~SHOP, DONATE, VOLUNTEER~

*Earth Day Sale does not include WHEAT Boutique, purses, accessories, shoes, already discounted items or gift cards.