Marketplace Feature: Melody Murray, Founder of JOYN

What compelled you and your husband to travel to Uganda your first summer as newlyweds? We were crazy – crazy in love and crazy dreamers. We had big dreams from the day we met. David and I grew up in amazing families with opportunities to travel, receive a good education, expand our world view at young ages. We both had a desire to give others who were less fortunate the opportunities that we had been gifted our entire lives. This is one of the main things that drew us to each other initially and still drives us closer to each…

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Discover TOMS

TOMS was born from a desire to discover. What started as an adventure in Argentina has become a journey that has taken us to over sixty countries worldwide. Earlier this year, TOMS traveled to Guatemala, where we now give shoes, vision and water. Looking at the photos from our trip, you’ll see TOMS employees like Joanna – who designs our retail store interiors – exploring fascinating locations, like the natural limestone bridge at Semuc Champey. You’ll see kids playing in Giving Shoes that they received through programs run by our Giving Partner Children International. And you’ll see Guatemala, a beautiful…

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Safe Water in Malawi

The natural dissipation of continuous, pure water disrupts more than just an everyday routine. In Malawi, when one village’s main river began to dry up, mothers and children were forced to spend hours every day searching for water and the entire community experienced a decline in safety, good hygiene and well-being. TOMS Roasting Co. partners with Water For People to provide sanitary water and education in the countries from where we source our beans. After working with Water For People, several villages in Malawi have the support they need for sustained access to safe water, and the tools and knowledge…

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Introducing TOMS Giving Partner Children International

This season, we’re taking you on a journey with us through Guatemala. Last spring, a TOMS team of employees headed into the field to explore, adventure and most of all, learn about the incredible work our Giving Partners in shoes, sight and water are doing every day to help improve communities and the lives of people who live in them. Today, we’d like for you to meet Children International, a Shoe Giving Partner in Guatemala. Children International began working in Guatemala in 1979. They currently serve the needs of nearly 340,000 impoverished children and youth worldwide, including more than 30,000 in…

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A SUMMER AT TOMS: PART TWO

These last several weeks here at TOMS HQ have been quite the experience. Between group projects, meetings with managers, working lunches with TOMS executives, and weekly excursions to places all over the SoCal area, the schedule’s been pretty tight. No morning coffee runs or mind-numbing paper filing for us, we’re too busy working with our departments on specialized projects that each has an impact on the company. One of those fore-mentioned day trips was to the heart of the TOMS U.S. delivery system: the distribution center. Last week we all piled into the TOMS van, adorned with pictures of smiling…

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Pin to Win! Enter the #TOMS Give Back to School Pinterest Contest

How to Enter: 1)    Follow @TOMS on Pinterest 2)    Create a new board entitled “#TOMS GIVE BACK TO SCHOOL CONTEST” 3)    Categorize your board under “Women’s fashion” or “Men’s fashion” 4)    Pin your dream “Back to School” closet, selecting items only from www.toms.com. (Please note that you may include Marketplace items on your board.) 5)    Create your favorite “First Week Looks” for Back to School, and hashtag each item and your board with “#TOMS Give Back To School Contest” 6)    Provide the information requested below to submit your entry by August 3. (including but not limited to your full…

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TOMS Optical: Meet Dr. Veronica Ruelas

This past Spring we launched the TOMS Optical collection, featuring 21 new frames for prescription lenses to improve your vision and someone else’s. New York Eyewear Retailer, Artsee helped us celebrate our launch with an event at their funky eyewear boutique (which doubles as an art gallery) in the heart of NYC. Showcasing our take on timeless silhouettes that give back, the event was huge success for TOMS Eyewear. Take a look at some of our favorite photos: Recently, we spoke with Dr. Veronica Ruelas, (pictured above) the lead optometrist at the eye care practice located within Artsee, ThirdEyeChic Optometry. A…

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Fostering Empowerment in Sustainable Eye Care

Since the launch of TOMS Eyewear in 2011, we’ve been committed to investing in long-term solutions to eye care. That’s why our Sight Giving program invests in clinics and hospitals, as well as the people who work in them. With the help of Seva Foundation, our lead Sight Giving Partner, we support locally based organizations that train local residents to provide high quality, professional eye care. So it’s not just an investment in the clinics and hospitals; it’s an investment in the people who work in them. Each TOMS Eyewear purchase is carefully structured to contribute to restoring sight to a…

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Adventure Awaits

TOMS was founded on the spirit of adventure and discovery. In 2006, Founder Blake Mycoskie traveled to Argentina to learn about the culture and the people. He met a group of kids that forever changed his life, and many of ours. This season, we chose to celebrate the spirit of discovery and adventure in Guatemala. With it’s rugged topography and rich culture, Guatemala is not only a place of wonder and natural beauty, but also a place where we give in all three capacities: shoes, sight, and water. Taking us on our journey are three TOMS employees: Chad from our…

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