PINS FOR GOOD

These pins came about when I was tossing around the idea of creating my own line of merch. Being very passionate about giving back to the community, I decided it would be a great way to raise funds for local nonprofits. I saw so many enamel pins adorning bags and jackets, so I did some research into the cost to develop this product. Enamel pins were the perfect fit for a simple and cost-effective item that could make a statement while giving back enough profit to be worth producing.

Born of my passion for the blooming tech industry, the ‘Byte Me’ pins were my first design. We have so many bright and fierce women working tech careers in Omaha, but it’s still a male dominated field. I started asking around to see what kind of local resources are offered to young women interested in STEM fields. One nonprofit in particular really stuck out as a place for underprivileged young girls to gain invaluable STEM education. With the wonderful support I received for this fundraiser, I was able to donate 50% of all profit to Girls Inc. of Omaha.

My second design came from the immigration ban on countries that needed our help the most, and the growing anger towards our Hispanic communities in the U.S. Half of my family is of Syrian decent and I worked with immigration services focusing on Mexican Americans just a few years prior. My love for the melting pot that is the United States fueled the desire to make a statement and give back. The ‘United States of Immigrants’ enamel pins are a reminder that our diversity is the foundation of this country. I am currently researching which local immigration-based nonprofit would best benefit from this pin.