Kristin Pufahl is proof that one person can make a big difference. Thanks to Kristin, not only has Growing Home received a grant, but many helping hands as well.
Kristin works for LUSH Cosmetics, which encourages employees to nominate non-profits from their area to be considered for the LUSH Charity Pot program. Through the program, non-profits from around the world receive funding raised from proceeds from a Lush product line. Kristin heard about Growing Home from friends who were familiar with our programs, and she has also bought Growing Home produce at the Green City Farmer’s Market. Kristin nominated Growing Home because, as she says, “Growing Home is the perfect candidate for the Charity Pot program. It is a grassroots organization that is making a huge positive impact in the surrounding communities… There are so many facets to the organization that create the potential for major impact and success. We have seen the great and amazing work of the organization so far and know it will continue to grow and impact so many in a great way. So many positive things come out of Growing Home; it is truly inspiring.”
LUSH’s Employee Volunteer Program encourages employees to volunteer with Charity Pot partners and other local organizations. Kristin and four other hearty Lush employees from Chicago LUSH stores showed up on a wintery Chicago day to volunteer at the Wood Street Urban Farm. They helped prepare the classroom building for the upcoming training season by painting walls, sweeping floors, and cleaning computers and furniture. Two more volunteers, Alexis Gilgrist and Rachel Pointec, came to the Growing Home offices to help with the invitation mailout for the Annual Benefit. We loved their energy and enthusiasm. Growing Home looks forward to partnering with the LUSH team all year long!