The older I get, the more I feel passionate about looking outside myself and my usual circle for ways to give back to my community. One of the places that I’ve found to do that is my local Soroptimist club. Soroptimist means “Best for Women,” and our mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in our community (and worldwide). We meet a few times a month, and even though I’ve been a member for a couple of years now, I truly look forward to those meetings. It’s a chance to share space with a group of incredible women, each a powerhouse in her own way. Truly energizing and inspiring.
We do this one huge fundraiser dinner every September, and the proceeds from the event go directly to giving scholarships to women who are head of house and working on completing their education. The scholarship recipients come to one of our meetings and share their stories, and it’s so humbling. And inspiring. It’s something that I’m so grateful to be a part of. One of the things we do to raise money at this big fundraiser is a silent auction, which brings me to my real point!
Each year I ask one of my favorite brands if they might be interested in supporting our cause, and this year I asked our friends at Maptote. I discovered Maptote a few years back and have been hooked ever since! The brand was started by a husband and wife team (a stylist and a cartographer — so cool!) as a passion project and has totally blossomed into a renowned and beloved company. They create super cool, U.S.A.-made bags, totes, tees, and more, each with a map or illustration of a location. I fell in love with their California line and the team was kind enough to send a whole bunch of California goodies for us to auction off at our fundraiser!
I wanted to share not only because I love the product, but because I feel so passionate about brands who are so readily willing to give back. Our club relies on the kindness of businesses like Maptote, who are willing to donate items so that we can raise money for some truly deserving women. It’s so refreshing to work with companies who look outside of themselves and see the bigger picture!
So if you’re looking for a brand with heart, this one is it! Definitely bookmark Maptote for when you’re doing your holiday shopping — their pieces are so fun and unique, and perfect for giving. They have so many different U.S. states, cities, and even some international designs. (Check out their site to see if your favorite city is on a tote or a tee!) I’ve linked all of the items that they sent below in case you want a closer look on their site. Thank you, Maptote! xoxo