LOCZI Holiday (non-profit) Giving Guide

It's that time of the year again—as if you hadn't noticed—the time to give. More than just monetary donations, our offerings and commitments to individuals in need surpass the holiday season. This notion goes hand-in-hand with the cycle of abundance that LOCZIdesign has inherited in our internal philosophy.

"As designers we realize that we are creating the world in which we want to live."

We strive to create spaces that balance and inspire, yet at the same time jovially dive into the realm of designing a better world. As a hub of creativity we see and are inspired by the complex connections between everything and everyone. Our intentional approach to design is founded in listening and contributing to each other and the world. But this kind of work cannot be done alone. We need you.

For the past several years a large portion of our firm has been dedicated to enriching the community around us. This year, we would like to share a handful of these members with you. Perhaps you are looking for a place to donate in honor of a loved one? Or maybe as an alternative to the traditional holiday gift? Below are some organizations we've not only donated to, but believe in and celebrate at our annual designedCOLLECTIVE. Take a look at what they're are up to and how you can globally and locally serge into the abundant year of 2013 with us!

MORE THAN ME, Katie Meyler’s brainchild, also focuses on the youth— primarily girls—and takes them off of the street in Liberia, West Africa and into school. The organization, that also just won the Chase Giving Awards, provide tuition, school supplies and uniforms for their students—creating a strong foundation of empowerment for growth.

According to More Than Me, when a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man. When we invest in girls — we all win. Our communities are stronger. Our families are healthier and our collective future is brighter.

CITY OF JOY provides women a place to heal emotionally as they rebuild their lives, turn their pain to power, and return back into their communities to lead. Conceived, created and developed by the women on the groundin Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo will support women survivors of sexual violence to heal and provide them with opportunities to develop their leadership through innovative programming.

Through its groundbreaking design model, the City of Joy will provide up to 180 women a year with an opportunity to benefit from: group therapy; storytelling; dance; theater; self-defense; comprehensive sexuality education (covering HIV/AIDS, family planning); ecology and horticulture; and economic empowerment. Learn how you can help, here.

MIRALOMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is committed to meeting the academic, social, physical and emotional needs of students in San Francisco so that they will be successful, self-motivated learners and productive citizens. Students acquire knowledge and skills through a rich and varied classroom curriculum. Supporting Miraloma provides gardening programs, arts consultants & supplies, poetry classes, field trips, community events, literary specialists, tutoring, and many more opportunities for the youth to thrive. Your support doesn't have to end with Miraloma, there are various resources in the Bay Area that could use your support in ways. Such as below:

PROJECT COLOR CORPS believes in the power of color as a change agent to infuse a sense of well-being and energy into urban neighborhoods nationwide! In 2011, Laura Guido-Clark fulfilled her dream and founded Project Color Corps, a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to creating change by painting inner city neighborhoods with color and pattern that impart positive messages of optimism and hope.

As a longtime education advocate who’s equally passionate about both color and assisting in the community, LOCZIdesign founder Paige Loczi is teaming up with Laura to make the world a little brighter, one school at a time. To see first-hand the color transformation of one school in East Oakland, click here. Too, this holiday season Project Color Corps will be holding their campaign SPREAD RED by collecting hundreds of articles of red clothing for those in need. For this year’s SPREAD RED event, they are raising money to paint the future—click here to help.

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SPARK MENTORING PROGRAM has always aspired to strengthen the community in two ways: by helping youth become motivated learners and connected community members, and by encouraging adults to nurture the next generation through mentoring and volunteerism.

Paige and the LOCZIdesign team have been working with SPARK since 2010. As mentors to teens, we spend time weekly teaching our students about how to conceptualize, create, budget and install projects. Last year, the kids devised a project for their Principal. They brought the project to fruition (in the image above), enrolling us, and their community into helping them make their dreams a reality. In transforming their school’s office, they experienced first hand their value and ability to effect their surroundings.

There are an endless amount of organizations and ways to contribute both economically and through your personal energy—volunteering. Do take a look at our community page to see how you can be involved with an organization that rings truest to your heart strings. Happy Holidays!