Co-founders Jamie and Tim helped build Tasty Catering, One of Forbes Top 50 Small Business, by changing the culture of Tasty. They turned a company into a community with an inclusive environment that encouraged everyone to be their best. This culture shift led “Tasty to create a workplace that has earned the company numerous awards, including being named one of the psychologically healthier workplaces in America.” They were both recently acknowledged by Forbes in article “How Tasty Catering is Serving Up A New Generation of Entrepreneurs.”
The two entrepreneurs decided to start That’s Caring to change the culture of gifting. At the time, most companies used products and packaging that were harmful to the environment and the people. That’s Caring took on the social and environmental repercussions of business by sourcing their unique gift items from local charitable organizations and fair trade, sustainable manufacturers, offering very high quality gift options with little to no non-biodegradable waste to consumers and businesses across the country.
After a couple of years, companies all across America joined the green revolution because you, the conscious consumer, wanted a change in culture. However, Jamie and Tim realized they could take That’s Caring a step further by introducing a one for one model similar to TOM’s shoes. They decided to aid those in their own backyard with Gifts That Give Back. The founders realized the reality of food insecurity after finding out their local Grove Jr. High School, where Jamie attended, had what seemed to be an extreme number of students living in food insecurity. They found out 1 in 5 American children live in food insecurity, though the most shocking fact was that the numbers continued to grow year after year with no national coverage.
The culture of gifting is giving. A gift represents more than the product, it represents a relationship. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t write our names on the gifts we send. Giving encourages, congratulates, inspires, apologizes, thanks, welcomes and represents all our emotions. What you give says a lot about what you think. That’s why the Co-founders created a gift that will make people think That’s Caring.
We are now working with 9 food banks & 2 schools using their weekend bag/backpack program to bring proper nutrition to kids in need. The weekend bag program picks up where the National School Lunch Program leaves off by providing six weekend meals for children. We want to thank everyone who has helped us donate over 43,000 meals! As we continue to grow, we will continue to grow our network of food banks to impact more communities by giving and gifting.
To help us continue our growth, please email any suggestions, questions or thoughts to Jake@ThatsCaring.com
April 9, 2016, is the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Foodie 5K at Cantigny Park, and we couldn’t be happier or more proud to be participating in this event for a good cause.
The Northern Illinois Food Bank is a true leader in the northern Illinois community, helping to solve hunger through nutritious meals for those in need and brilliant partnerships with like-minded organizations. Last year alone, the Food Bank donated over 42 million meals to hungry people right here in our own country. The Foodie 5K aims to earn money toward future donations of food for hungry families in need. For every $1 donated, the food bank is able to provide $8 worth the groceries—an amazing amount! That means that a $25 donation gifts $200 in groceries, and it’s not hard to see how that could make a huge difference in a hungry family’s life.
Naturally, when we at That’s Caring hear about a company or organization that’s helping to end hunger, we love to support the cause because it’s our cause, too!
It’s no secret that the That’s Caring mission is to help hungry children in food-insecure households obtain the nutritious, nourishing foods they need to be happy, active and healthy individuals. During weekends, those food-insecure kids do not have access to subsidized school meals, meaning many of them go hungry throughout the Friday to Sunday time span.
How does our cause work? Purchasing gift boxes from our line of high end gifts (Apparel, Bakery Gifts, Confections and Wine & Cheese Gifts) donates supplies for weekend bags of food—including nonperishable items like granola bars, cereal, oatmeal, canned fruits and vegetables, ravioli, macaroni and cheese, juice boxes and pudding—for hungry children right here in the United States.
The Foodie 5K will take place in Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL, at 9:00am. If you’d like to help us support this great cause, visit our Foodie 5K Fundraising page (We are running, of course!) and feel free to make a donation to help hungry families and hungry kids in our area. You also have the option to join in the fun by starting a team of your own or joining ours!
Remember, every little bit helps—even just $1.
ELK GROVE VILLAGE – As co-founder and chief communications officer for her company nuphoriq, as well as the founder and CEO of her second company, That’s Caring, Jamie Pritscher can honestly say she never saw her success coming. “Growing up, I changed my mind a lot, however, one aspiration I always had was to be an entrepreneur," Pritscher said. "I practically grew up surrounded by them, uncles, grandfathers, my own father, all of them entrepreneurs. So I knew it would be hard work, obviously I saw firsthand, but I figured hey, if they can do it, I could do it, so I did it."
Read the full story about That's Caring co-founder, Jamie Pritscher, who has been named as one of Suburban Life's Best Under 40.
After the feast of turkey, stuffing, cranberries and pie, shopping is probably the most well-known and exciting item about the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. From after-dinner sales on Thursday to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, big businesses worldwide get an influx of business from shoppers hoping to catch a Christmas bargain. Small businesses, though, don’t see the same sales numbers. That is why it is important to support local, smaller businesses on Small Business Saturday, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
Why am we are shopping Small Business Saturday? Let me count the reasons:
- Small businesses create jobs. While big chain stores might provide a large variety of goods on their floors at all times, supporting small businesses with specialties truly helps give more people a paycheck and a livelihood.
- Shopping local supports local communities, local neighbors and local businesses. Being able to support the artisans, growers, producers, crafters and entrepreneurs in your local area is truly priceless in terms of helping them grow their businesses and product lines.
- Local businesses give back. When you shop local businesses in your community, they have the opportunity to give back through giveaways, sales and contributions to nonprofits and charities.
- Many small businesses are made up of families of entrepreneurs. A lot of small businesses are handed down from generation to generation, meaning that those who still work in a family business usually have an emotional and personal tie to their work. Helping them keep their family’s business going strong will make them extremely happy, and make you feel good, too.
How can you show your support Small Business Saturday? There are plenty of ways to get involved and help small businesses in your local community. In case you are at a loss for how to begin your Small Business Saturday shopping, here are a few easy ideas
- Find participating small businesses in your area. That website, shopsmall.com, should help you get a handle on which companies are open and ready for business on Small Business Saturday.
- Utilize the map feature on shopsmall.com. The 2014 Amex Small Business Saturday map is up and ready for use. Find small businesses in your area, and help a friend or family member find the small businesses in their hometowns.
- Bring “Shopping Small” into your own gift swaps at family celebrations. For example, each year my cousins and their spouses draw names for a gift swap. This year we’ve decided to only shop small businesses, so each gift given needs to come from a small business. I can’t wait to see what everyone gets!
Don’t forget – Small Business Saturday is November 29, 2014!
Press Release: Optomi IT Staffing Company Partners with That's Caring to Help Conquer Hunger Crisis in the US
CHICAGO, IL., May 16, 2014 -- Optomi announces its partnership with the That's Caring organization to help feed food insecure children here in the United States. The IT staffing firm projects it will be able to supply at least 400 children with weekend bags of food in 2014 by initiating a specially designed program with the confection company. Optomi's reach with this charitable effort is nationwide, spanning from Southern Californiato Dallas and the Atlanta market to Chicagoland. Approximately 20% of US households with children experience food insecurity each year and that number is even higher for households with children under the age of 6. These hunger statistics translate to 16 million children living in food-insecure households according to feedingamerica.org.
The program being launched by Optomi allows for a food insecure child to be given a weekend bag of food with every confection gift Optomi purchases for its corporate campaigns. The gifts have been tailor made for Optomi with custom labels and even contains their own Optomi signature cookie recipe. That's Caring CEO Jamie Pritschercommented, "We are very excited to be partnering and co-branding our product with Optomi. Our two companies' beliefs (to give back and help the communities in which we work and live) are perfectly aligned. Together we will be able to not only increase awareness about the hunger crisis, but also to double our impact."
Optomi has a big heart for those in need, especially those whose circumstances are beyond their control. So the staffing firm sought out a partner that mirrored its own commitment to giving. "We're giving back in a tangible way because it is important to Optomi that we impact our communities. It's one of the core beliefs within the company," remarked Todd Black, Optomi COO.
In addition to its charitable work with children, Optomi dedicates one workday a year for its employees to donate their time doing charitable service in the communities they work in. Each quarter, Optomi recognizes both an outstanding employee and consultant for their efforts and achievements with a contribution to the charity of their choosing. More information about Optomi's philanthropy is available at optomi.com/giving. #OptotGive
ABOUT OPTOMI, LLC
"DRIVING TOMORROW'S TECHNOLOGY WITH TODAY'S OPTIMUM TALENT."
Led by co-founders Michael Winwood (formerly the President & COO of Technisource) andTodd Black (formerly the Senior Vice President of Technisource), Optomi is headquartered in Atlanta with branches in the Chicago, Dallas and Southern California markets. Optomi is inspired by: optimum…being the best...the ultimate. With its unique approach, Optomi has developed fresh philosophies as cutting-edge as the technology it represents. With a revolutionary consultant-focused approach, Optomi is completely dedicated to genuinely serving its consultants, clients and employees. By utilizing innovative technologies and developing industry leading recruitment processes, it deploys the best project managers,business analysts and technologists in the ever evolving spaces of mobile technology, network design, cloud and application development. Optomi was awarded one of the 2014 Best Companies to Work for by Staffing Industry Analysts.
ABOUT THAT'S CARING
ThatsCaring.com, a suburban-Chicago based socially-responsible gift giving company has been providing gifts to corporations and consumers nationwide since 2008. ThatsCaring.com has more than 40 gift options of various collections and good for any occasion. Gift givers choose from bakery, confections, and wine & cheese gifts ranging in price from $19.99 to $115.99. Corporate customers include Greenleaf Book Group, Jones Lang LaSalle, Sherman Hospital, TepCon Construction, Tasty Catering, and US Cellular.
That's Caring, featured on the cover of the 2010 December Package Design Magazine, was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Inc.and Alibaba.com "Newprenuer of the Year" competition, 2010 Finalist in Ecovers "30 under 30 for Sustainability" and CEO Jamie Pritscher is a three time "Daily Green Heart of Green" nominee (2009, 2010, 2011).
"30 under 30 for Sustainability" and CEO Jamie Pritscher is a three time "Daily Green Heart of Green" nominee (2009, 2010, 2011).
It’s not too late to donate your monetary support to the 2014 Foodie 5K sponsored by the Northern Illinois Food Bank! The community fun run/walk and post-run festival is just a little over a week away (April 12th), and we could not be more excited to donate our time and efforts to this awesome cause.
How would your monetary contributions help those in need? The Northern Illinois Food Bank works to help solve hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need. This is done through partnerships with other like-minded organizations, and meal donations from 2013 numbered over 42 million.
For every $1 donated, the Northern Illinois Food Bank provides $8 worth the groceries. Your donations are multiplied eight-fold, making even the smallest donation beyond relevant.
While participation for this Cantigny Park event has already sold out, you’re still able to contribute by donating to the cause or to a participating team—like us! Visit our Foodie 5K Fundraising page and feel free to make a donation to help hungry families and hungry kids in our area.
We’ve got a That’s Caring team running this year’s 5K, and we can’t wait to fill you in on all of the fun. Wish us luck!
For more information about That’s Caring and its one-for-one model providing non-perishable food items to hungry children in the Chicagoland area, visit www.thatscaring.com.
Here are a few organizations you can contact for more information about volunteering in your area. You’d be surprised what volunteer opportunities a simple Google search can turn up!
Food banks are everywhere, and they’re always looking for volunteers to make donations, sort donations, and distribute those donations to the hungry people who come in. If any of those tasks sound interesting, check your phone book or search for “food banks in [insert your city name here]” to get appropriate contact information.
Food drives happen for pretty much any organization these days. You know the drill: a company decides it wants to help give back, and then employees and their families and friends donate non-perishable goods to be dropped off at a specified food bank, shelter, or other organization. Keep your eyes peeled for fliers at your local supermarkets, community centers, religious places of worship and schools, or do an internet search for “food drives in [insert your city name here]” for more local food drives.
Soup kitchens have come a long way, and the number of locations have multiplied in cities across the nation and worldwide. If you have any interest in helping the less fortunate get a hot meal, contact a local soup kitchen and get involved. You have your choice from a number of tasks, including preparing food to be served, serving food on the hot food line, cleaning dishes in the kitchen, bussing dirty dishes from finished meals, filling water glasses and many other options. Best of all, you’re helping families get the sustenance they need.
Contacting a giving organization, such as a church, local food-related charity like Loaves & Fishes, or other groups that help sponsor families in need can be a great help to hungry people of all ages. Keep kids and their families fed by giving monetarily or helping to sponsor a family through non-perishable food item donations. Google search “adopting families in [insert your city name here]” for more information about organizations that help hungry families and need your help.
Shelters for women and children, or organizations like the YMCA, help single parents, at-risk families, and many individuals and kids with nowhere else to go. Donations to these organizations help people in their in-between phases as they do their best to get back on their feet and provide for their families. Contact local shelters for information on how you can help make these at-risk families more comfortable.
Participate in fun runs and fundraisers for charities, especially those that help support hungry children, hungry families, food banks and other food-related and assistance-based charities. These fun runs happen everywhere, and they are always looking for able-bodied participants to raise money and awareness!
Hosting a bag packing event is a fun one that can help people of all ages get involved in an amazing cause. Decide on a date and location, make up fliers containing all relevant information, distribute them to local businesses and community centers, market for the event through social media and word-of-mouth through family and friends, and then collect and distribute donations through a local charity. For more information about hosting your own packing event, view our blog post.
We had the amazing opportunity to help volunteer with Feed My Starving Children this past weekend. It’s always a great experience being able to help people in our community, and truly wonderful to network with people and organizations that share our passion for the fight against hunger.
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian organization that strives to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world. Their mission statement says that they are “Feeding God’s Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit,” though they encourage people of all belief systems to help accomplish the overall mission: keeping kids from going hungry.
FMSC follows a few guiding principles that help them to fundraise, package and distribute food to those who need it most. They ensure that their food ingredients are of the highest nutritional value, package food through the generous contributions of volunteers, and partner with other humanitarian organizations to ensure safe transit and distribution of goods. These wonderful people are committed to long-term feeding programs that help ensure children get the food they need throughout their personal physical development, something that we at That’s Caring know is important.
As for our own volunteer efforts this weekend, we brought along a few of That’s Caring employees and supporters to the FMSC location in Schaumburg, IL, and had the amazing good fortune to help pack enough meals to feed 57 children for a year. Those meals will go to hungry children and individuals in Nicaragua, and we couldn’t be happier to have been a part of providing that sustenance to those people in need.
For more information about FMSC or how you can get involved, check out their website. For more information about That’s Caring and how our high-end gift boxes donate to the fight against hunger, visit our website and check out The Cause.
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