Our Spare Change began with a simple idea...
What if the coins in our pockets could be used to create jewelry that would change communities around the world?
Our Spare Change had been an established company now for a year and we quickly needed help in the creation of all our jewelry. Here comes the second reason we love coins much.
A penny lying on the ground is not worth more than 1 cent. Many people don't think twice about stepping over it to get to where they are going. Most of the time it isn't worth the trouble of picking up.
We see value in this same coin though. This penny could be picked up and invested with time and love, be handcrafted into jewelry that showcases its worth. This coin could be used to bring joy and life and beauty to others around the world.
We believe that people are the same way. Some have hard stories that leave them in places where others don't see their value and worth. We believe that there is no circumstance or situation that takes away the worth of a human being, sometimes they just need to be picked up where they are at and invested in with love.
This is why we knew our first workers were ones that could not find work easily in our society.
Cheryl joined our team in the of 2016 after coming out of jail. She is to date one of the most incredible and hardworking we have ever met and the perfect member of our team.
Today, we work with many others similar to Cheryl who have had a hard time finding work because of their circumstances and stories and they inspire and encourage us by their courage and hard work. They have become our strongest team members and dearest friends.
We are still growing and have a ton left to learn but we do know this... Simple coins can do a whole lot more than we could have ever dreamed of. They can tell the untold stories of people around the globe. They can provide opportunities for you and I to hear about world changing organizations and give tangible avenues to advocate and partner with them. They can provide work to those who may not have an opportunity without them. And they can create beautiful jewelry.
Jewelry that looks good and does good.
Here is what we will leave you with.
You matter. Your story matters. What you wear and where you buy from truly matters. You can create change in this world and are doing it now. You are the reason we exist and we can’t thank you enough for joining us on this journey.
Danielle + Hillary