Pottery with a Purpose

Pottery with a Purpose is a line of ceramic stoneware mugs that benefits non-profit organizations. I make a custom mug for each organization with a quote or phrase that I think reflects some aspect of the organization that speaks to me, and I hope to you as well.

I created Pottery with a Purpose as a way to bring awareness on issues that matter to Jeremy and I and to say thanks to our community for the amazing support I’ve received as I grow my tiny little pottery-making business. These days I don’t have a lot of extra time to volunteer like I use to, but using my pottery to build awareness and raise funds is a way I can contribute and give back.

20% (or $5) of each $25 Pottery with a Purpose purchase goes directly to the non-profit organization at the end of each month.

HOW TO ORDER

Send me an email at cassy@504squarefeet.com with the organization name and the number of mugs you’d like to order. Orders can take from 3 to 5 weeks to fill depending on my work load. Please let me know in your email if you have a deadline for a special event. When you put in your order I will send you an online invoice you can pay with a credit or debit card, or we can make arrangements for you to mail a check to me.

Each mug is $25. You can pick up the mugs locally if you are in the Billings, MT area or shipping is available for $7.50 for the first mug and $3.50 for each additional mug in the same box.

Pottery with a Purpose benefit organizations this year include the Billings Public Schools BackPack Meals program, CASA of Yellowstone County, the National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease and the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.

Billings Public Schools Backpack Meals Program

The Billings Public Schools BackPack Meals Program began to help ensure that low-income children in Billings have food on weekends and school holidays. Founded in 2009, this program sends meal packets home on weekends and school holidays to at-risk elementary school children who otherwise may go without food. By working closely with other organizations in the city of Billings, BPMP has become part of a coordinated effort to end hunger and poverty in Billings. The program has also helped to raise awareness and a community-wide focus on childhood hunger. The success of this project will help to keep children in schools and help them to succeed in life!

CASA of Yellowstone County

CASA of Yellowstone County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a group of community volunteers who speak up for abused and neglected children in Yellowstone County. The CASA concept is based on the commitment that every child has the right to a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers are appointed by the courts to gather accurate and complete information about the child’s circumstances, serve as the child’s advocate in all facets of the child protection system, and make objective recommendations in the best interest of the child. Volunteers receive training and work with just one or two cases at a time. They make a commitment to spend 5-15 hours a month for at least 18 months. CASA volunteers make a difference, one child at a time.

WomenHeart: The National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease was founded in 1999 by three women who had heart attacks while in their 40s and faced many obstacles, including misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment, and social isolation. To them, the issue seemed invisible within the women’s health care community.  And so, they created their own support network, which is the first – and still only – national patient-centered organization that focuses exclusively on women’s heart disease.

WomenHeart believes that education, support and training enable women to take charge of their heart health and advocate for other women. They are dedicated to ensuring that women have equal access to accurate cardiac diagnostic testing and proper treatment and do so by actively seeking meaningful and productive partnerships with other organizations.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation (OIF)

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic bone disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily. It is also known as “brittle bone disease.” The term literally means “bone that is imperfectly made from the beginning of life.” The mission of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation is to help fund research, provide a vast array of education and support opportunities and to build public awareness.

OI is a complicated, variable and rare disorder. Its major feature is a fragile skeleton, but many other body systems are also affected. OI is caused by a mutation (change) in a gene that affects bone formation, bone strength and the structure of other tissues. It is a life-long disorder. OI occurs equally among males and females and in all racial groups. It is estimated that approximately 25,000 to 50,000 people in the U.S. have OI. With good medical management and supportive care, the majority of people who have OI will lead healthy, productive lives and can expect an average life span.

Interested in Becoming a Pottery with a Purpose Recipient?

In the first quarter of 2017 I will begin considering new organizations for the 2017/2018 Pottery with a Purpose line. If you think your non-profit organization would be a good match with 504 Square Feet, send me an email at cassy@504squarefeet.com with a link to your website and facebook pages.