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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 in advance for the difference you will make when you choose a new Hugger Mugger product. For more information please contact donations@huggermugger.com.

This Quarter's Charity: Youthlinc

Through the end of September, a portion of your purchases will go to Youthlinc to support their service throughout the world. Hugger Mugger is proud to partner with this great organization.

Youthlinc was formed after Utah secondary schoolteacher, Judy Zone, took a trip to Kenya with her daughter in 1999. Judy’s daughter had always been service-minded and volunteered in her community during high school. Upon arrival, they observed the plight of Kenya’s poor, but noted that unlike in the U.S., the homeless and hungry had no volunteers feeding them under the viaducts. This inspired Judy to look for a way to help students make a connection between local and international service.

Over the next year, she conceived of Youthlinc, an organization that gives students the opportunity to experience the happiness that comes from serving others and perspective that comes from experiencing cultures other than their own. In Youthlinc’s first year, 20 students traveled to Kenya to participate in service projects. According to Office Manager Heather McMaster, there are now roughly 260 volunteers. In 2014, Youthlinc sponsored 17 international trips to six different sites around the world. Students from 10th grade to grad school participate.

Youthlinc’s program combines both local and international service. Participants in their Service Year program perform 80 hours of local community service before embarking on the international trips. “Our mission is to create lifetime humanitarians,” says Heather. “In order to do so, we needed to teach people that there are needs in our own back yards. It’s a very pivotal part in our program. Not everyone has a couple thousand dollars to go and do service in Kenya, but anyone can do service right here at home.”

There’s a wide variety of local populations students can focus on. Heather says that they let students gravitate to the populations that most interest them—the elderly, hospice patients, refugee communities and at-risk youth. Students are required to perform at least 40 hours of service in one place, and the service must involve direct interaction with other people.

Past Recipients

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