This weekend the volunteers at Trusted Clothes (which is ALL of us!) got together for a fun BBQ.
We had lots of laughs, good food and a few drinks. The kids were swimming and the adults were even trying out some new water sports. We were still enjoying the ends of our campfire long after the children had fallen asleep and the sun had gone down. Sound like fun? It was, but it was so much more. It was also a time to get to know each other’s family and to chat with each other about things other than work.
More importantly, it was a chance to decompress. At Trusted Clothes we are trying to address huge issues in the fashion industry. Things like slavery, child labour and unsafe working condition. We talk about sustainability problems, everything from the pesticides used on cotton to the harmful dyes being discharged in untreated wastewater. We even talk about how our clothes can affect our health. Sometimes it is heavy stuff. Don’t get me wrong we have lots of laughs in the office, but we are all there for the same reason. To shine a light on these issues and let people know that there are ethical, sustainable and healthy options available to them.
I like to say at Trusted Clothes we don’t make or sell anything. It sounds good, but it belies a deeper problem. Can a non-profit without a revenue stream actually survive? And we don’t want to just survive, we want to grow and thrive and really make a difference in the world. In order to do so, we are relying 100% on our volunteers, and not just any volunteers, we rely on highly skilled people to do everything from our web development to graphics to recruitment.
It also allows volunteers to network, collaborate and socialize with each other. Some of the top reasons people give when asked why they choose to donate their time during a very unofficial study we did a few months ago!
We are planning another one next month – right after everyone’s bug bites start to heal. Hopefully we will have an ever bigger turnout as the organization continues to grow and even more laughs to share.