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How Hugger Mugger Gives Back

Hugger Mugger was established in 1986 to help people in their practice of yoga. 30 years later, we still maintain the philosophy that it is important to assist the people in our community. Throughout the years, we have donated our time and products to a number of different charities. A percentage of all online sales is donated to a different organization each quarter. Thank you for the difference you will make when you choose a new Hugger Mugger product.


This Quarter's Charity: Girls Inc.

Women’s empowerment may seem like a new phenomenon, but in reality, at least in America, the seeds of this movement were planted as far back as 1864. Girls Inc., originally known as Girls Clubs of America, formed to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War. Girls Clubs of America aimed to create a safe gathering place for girls to learn and to share in sisterhood.

At Hugger Mugger Yoga Products we are excited to partner with Girls Inc. for the next three months. Through March 31st, we will donate a percentage of our net profits to this vital organization. Their Chief Development Officer Lynn Hepburn shared the organization’s mission, program and scope with us. Read on and be inspired!

WHAT GIRLS INC. DOES

Today Girls Inc. serves more than 156,000 girls at 81 affiliates across the U.S. and in Canada. They deliver programming in three areas:

  • Healthy Living: Support for healthy choices, including managing reproductive health, developing healthy relationships and forming sound body image.
  • Academic Enrichment and Support: Support for academic performance; high school graduation and post-secondary education; and goal setting in the areas of personal life, education and career.
  • Life Skills: Helps girls learn to use their own voices and advocate for others, become resilient and increase grit. Life Skills support also helps girls develop an ability to regulate emotion.

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

The organization partners with schools to provide before-, during- and after-school programming. Girls can attend a Girls Inc.-facilitated health class during the day. Or they can come to a Girls Inc.-designated safe, girls-only space after school to expand their access to STEM education, improve literary skills, develop healthy relationships, get on track to graduate, and prepare for college and future careers.

In addition to partnering with schools, local Girls Inc. organizations often work with other community and like-minded partners to provide girls with as many opportunities as possible to support growth and learning. Corporate and cause-related partnerships also provide mentorship programs.

The Girls Inc. experience consists of three facets:

  • People: Strong and lasting relationships with Girls Inc. facilitators are at the core of the organization’s work. Mentors are trained youth-development professionals who develop lasting mentoring relationships with the girls they serve.
  • Environment: The environment is a safe, all-girl, pro-girl space at school or in a Girls Inc. center where there is a sisterhood of support.
  • Programming: Programming includes research-based, hands-on, minds-on activities designed to help girls become healthy, educated and independent.

Lynn Hepburn has been involved with the organization for 13 years. During her time serving the organization, she’s met with girls from all across the U.S. and Canada.

“Every time I meet a Girls Inc. girl and see her excitement for her own future and how Girls Inc. has helped her untap her potential, I am reminded of my own experience growing up,” she says. “I benefited from caring mentors who saw potential in me and helped me envision a future for myself that I hadn’t thought possible. Spending time with the girls we serve is an important reminder of how life changing our work is and makes me so proud to be affiliated with Girls Inc.”

For more information on Girls Inc. and how you can get involved, visit girlsinc.org.


Past Recipients

Utah Food Bank, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, TreeUtah, Direct Relief, Youthlinc, A Quality Life Community, Shriners Hospital for Children, The Family Place / Child & Family Support Center of Cache County, Fourth Street Clinic, Humane Society of Utah, InBody Outreach, Bad Dog Arts, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, Children's Justice Center, Wasatch Community Gardens, Cancer Wellness House, No More Homeless Pets, The Road Home, Yogis in Service, and more.


For more information please contact donations@huggermugger.com.