Giving back to our communities is ingrained in Rafi Nova’s mission. And in this year of extraordinary heartbreak, it has never been more crucial to look for joy. When you can’t find it, you have no choice but to create your own.
That is why donating has been a key priority for our business. Our efforts began in Spring of 2020 when we decided to donate one mask to healthcare workers for every single order placed. We donated thousands of masks to hospitals, teachers, fire departments, and other essential workers. But we didn’t stop there. In August, right in time for the back to school season, we decided to take our plans even further. We began donating a portion of our profits to worthy causes each month. As this year is coming to a close, we want to take a moment to reflect back on some of these partnerships and celebrate the amazing work that they do. One of Rafi Nova’s goals for 2021 is to expand our partnership opportunities and increase our donations!
Flyte: Foundation for Learning and Youth Travel Education
One of Rafi Nova’s earliest partnerships was with Take Flyte, a foundation for education through travel. Take Flyte was founded in 2015 by Matthew Kepnes, the New York Times Bestselling Author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. After realizing the irreplaceable value gained through travel, Kepnes decided to found an organization that helps students realize their dreams and build confidence through adventure. There are undoubtedly benefits to traveling young. Rafi Nova believes that travel builds experience, compassion, and open mindedness. These traits are among those that we wish to foster in our own children to see in future generations. We could not be more thrilled by the work this organization has done, and we hope to see students once again packing their bags when the time comes to travel again.
First Descents : Outdoor Adventure for Young Adults Living with Cancer and MS
If laughter is the best medicine, then adventure must be the best healing. At least, this is the belief that founded First Descents. First Descents provides opportunities for outdoor adventure, team building, and skills development to young adults whose lives have been impacted by cancer and other serious illnesses. Empowering survivorship through kayaking, paddling and climbing, there is no other program where participants have access to such strong community and impressive medical care all while traversing the great outdoors. We are remarkably impressed by the grit and determination of both staff, founders, and participants, and hope to see more great adventures coming to First Descents in 2021.
There is no joy like a story. And all children deserve to be joyful. That is why Storytime Crafts was founded with the goal of creating diverse and inclusive book-rich environments. By providing books to children in the New England area, and going above and beyond by collecting other much needed items, like bikes, baby food, and masks, Storytime Crafts is instilling knowledge and confidence to build up a generation of successful leaders. Rafi Nova is so thrilled to be able to give back to local children, since we know they are one of our community’s greatest strengths.
mothers2mothers is a diverse international team unified by one goal: ending the spread of AIDS and creating bright futures for women and children across Sub-Saharan Africa. By providing employment to women living with HIV to serve as caretakers, mothers2mothers is improving the health of communities all while providing meaningful work opportunities and correcting stigmatization and gender inequalities. All of Rafi Nova’s textiles are made by female artisans from Hmong villages in Vietnam. We believe in the power of fair wages and the difference it makes in the lives of mothers and daughters. We are proud to support any cause which champions the independence and education of mothers and women everywhere.