Sew Swag

A Peacemaking Project by Dillon E.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Sew Swag Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that transforms damaged and donated apparel into fashionable outfits for the homeless population in the greater Los Angeles area. Through our motto “Upcycle. Uplift.” Sew Swag has the goal of fostering self-confidence in those in-need, ensuring that those who receive second-hand clothing never feel second-rate. 1. In Los Angeles alone, there is nearly 6,000 youth that are homeless (approximately 40% identify as LGBTQ). Sew Swag strives to provide those in-need with the clothing, dignity, and confidence necessary to begin transitioning off the streets. 2. The United States generates over 25 million pounds of textile waste every year. Sew Swag aims to reduce this footprint by upcycling discarded clothing and promoting sustainability. 3. Many apparel companies shred, incinerate, or throw away unsold and damaged merchandise. Sew Swag works with corporations in advancing social responsibility to more directly impact communities.

Comments:

Fish S.
20 February 2018 11:04

Hi Dillon - thanks for sharing more about your work (and that video, too! amazing!). Really excited by all that you're doing.

The next step is for you to share your Compassionate Insight with us -- what's the injustice you're solving, what's the root cause, and what's your solution -- by Feb 28th. You can do that on your dashboard.

Beyond that -- how can we help?

Adrian B.
29 March 2018 20:27

Hi Dillon,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:
https://www.peacefirst.org/understand-through-compassion
https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!

Best,
Adrian

Adrian B.
5 April 2018 15:00

Hi Dillon,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Best,
Adrian

AZIZ E.
4 June 2018 9:20

thank u so much

Adrian B.
4 June 2018 16:25

Hi Aziz! Did you mean to post this here?