Just in time for the holidays, we talk with Lindsey Markelz, the C.E.O. of CharityGiftMarket.com.
Prior to starting CharityGiftMarket, Lindsey served as the founding director UrbanPromise International and spent time working with the Peace Corps in the Republic of Kiribati.
As part of her work with UrbanPromise International and Peace Corps she’s helped prepare young leaders to begin their own community-based non-profits and now she works to help non-profits raise funds through CharityGiftMarket.com.
Lindsey on G+
Lindsey on LinkedIn
Already seeing Christmas/Advent decorations and sales at your local stores? Wanting to make a difference this year and ensure your purchases are slave free?
Be sure and check out NightLight’s and NotForSale’s online stores for products made by (and supporting) former slaves.
Both groups have some great jewelry and products for men, women and children.
Some info on NightLight:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.Ã¢â‚¬Â Isaiah 9:2
NightLight is an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues surrounding trafficking and prostitution by catalyzing individual and community transformation. NightLightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vision is to offer intervention to sexually exploited women and children, to enable them to discover their dignity, and to provide a program of holistic transformation, empowering them to live and work in their community.
NightLightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mission is to build relationships and provide hope, intervention, rescue and assistance to women and children exploited in the sex industry by offering alternative employment, vocational opportunities, life-skills training and physical, emotional and spiritual development to women seeking freedom. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.
In Bangkok, Nightlight operates as a business (NightLight Design, Co. Ltd) and a non-profit (NightLight Foundation). In the United States, NightLight operates as a 501c3 with branches in Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Visit the NightLight store.
Visit the Not For Sale Campaign store.
UPDATE: Julie Clawson has a number of additional resources shared on her blog…