Sales of Dolce Mia’s Spread the Love products benefit Becoming Independent (BI), the largest nonprofit human services organization of its kind in San Francisco’s North Bay region. BI promotes community inclusion and participation for people with developmental disabilities. More than 1,300 men, women and children seek their own paths to personal fulfillment and independence with the help of programs and opportunities made available at Becoming Independent.
Since 2009, Becoming Independent workers have been coming to the Dolce Mia factory in Sebastopol to work in the production of Dolce Mia’s bath and beauty line. BI workers fill bottles, apply stickers, and perform other assembly and packaging tasks. BI workers also provide a welcome perspective and upbeat attitude and have become an important part of the Dolce Mia’s company culture.
“We are committed to the BI vision that people with disabilities can attain an improved quality of life through meaningful work, friends and community support,” says Jenny Mountjoy, Dolce Mia’s creative director and vice president. “We personally and professionally benefit greatly from our partnership with BI and its workers. We want an opportunity to give back to Becoming Independent and to our community.”
Dolce Mia donates 10% of profits from Spread the Love products to Becoming Independent’s Family Resource and Advocacy Center. The Center provides information and assistance to families and their children with all types of disabilities through education, support, and a variety of direct services.
“I’m so happy that the relationship with our BI employees has been so positive and that Dolce Mia is inspired to support BI in this way,” says Lisa Folsom-Ernst, BI’s resource development director.
Spread the Love is available in several bath and body travel size products and also as a gift box set.
Please visit BI’s web site www.becomingindependent.org to learn more about its programs to promote community inclusion for people with disabilities.