FRIDAY FAVES: THE GIVING KEY
I was up in LA a few weekends ago and made sure to squeeze in a visit to The Giving Key HQ. It’s been a goal of mine to get something from The Giving Keys and I’ve been waiting to go in person. I finally made it and I can’t wait to tell you all about this amazing organization!
The Giving Keys is a social enterprise that employees homeless people in LA who make jewelry featuring various keys with inspirational words. They jewelry is made by individuals transitioning out of homelessness. In case you don’t know, Los Angeles has one of the largest homeless populations in the country. I didn’t even realize how close the Giving Keys HQ was to skid row until arriving. At the Giving Keys, not only do individuals get a living wage, but they are offered benefits, and a supportive community that allows them the necessary time time for housing and case management appointments. To date The Giving Keys has generated over 164,000 hours worth of work!
The Giving Keys also encourages their buyers to Pay It Forward with their jewelry! That means If wear an inspirational piece of jewelry that has helped you, then pass on that jewelry to someone else who can also benefit from it. Some of the inspirational words are “Believe” “Love” or “Hope”. The Giving Keys jewelry come in so many different sizes, colors, and styles, so there is literally something for everyone. I’ve been really into simplistic and dainty jewelry lately so I went with a mini key necklace that can be worn either as a longer necklace or a choker. I absolutely love it and have already gotten a few compliments at work. I love being able to share this cool company with people and encourage them to buy a piece for themselves!
I am so happy I got the chance to go, but cannot hold back and will definitely be purchasing jewelry directly from their website. If you want to feel inspired, pay it forward, and do your part to help end homelessness then head to their website to treat yourself!