I wanted to spark public awareness of the strong connection between those in need and those who want to help. So I decided to launch a philanthropic business called A New Day (AND) Designs that would support non-profit organizations who share in a mission to celebrate and support resilience of the human spirit.
Here at AND, we design and produce various kinds of jewelry and other products which are sold online. All of our products contain the AND logo, a union of the ‘&’ symbol (representing connection of strength of community and support for one another) and the rising sun (symbolizing the promise of a new day). It represents Resilience, Strength, and Grace. When wearing and sharing this symbol, it is like a talisman, a reminder of our inner strength and the promise of tomorrow.
With every purchase of an AND product, we donate all profits to our designated non-profit beneficiaries, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Metropolitan Baltimore. NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore connects people to a supportive community of peers who help one another cope with the challenges of living with a mental health condition. Each year, NAMI Metro Baltimore provides essential education, support, and public awareness services at no cost to more than 4,500 people in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. NAMI Metro Baltimore’s programs include support groups, education classes, workshops, presentations, and mentoring programs – all of which help make a positive change in the lives of people living with mental illness and their loved ones.
Not only does AND support NAMI Metro Baltimore’s work financially, but it also helps end stigma by sharing their stories. AND’s website contains a page dedicated to sharing stories of recovery and resiliency. Megan Roach, a NAMI In Our Own Voice presenter, shared her story on the AND story page:
“I have found my passion…I love sharing my story of living well with my illnesses and I know that other people are helped too. Many have come up to me after a presentation and told me that they were helped, or feel that they can understand and help a loved one more, due to my story! It’s the best feeling in the world.”
To learn more about A New Day Designs and its products, please visit www.anewdaydesigns.com.
Randee Greenwald is the founder and CEO of A New Day (AND) Designs.
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