Philanthropy Friday: The Vote for Someone’s Dream Challenge

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

I’m doing things a bit differently for Philanthropy Friday today. I’m putting you up to a challenge. For as long as I’ve been writing this series, I’ve focused on simple ways in which people incorporate giving into their lives.

Philanthropy doesn’t have to mean donating money. That’s been my point. You can perform simple acts of kindness every day, and those simple acts can make a huge impact. And you know what? That makes you feel good. Really, really good. (Heck, it’s good for your health!)

So here’s my question: Have you ever had a once in a lifetime opportunity come by that could change your life forever?

I haven’t. I’m guessing most people haven’t.

What if you had an opportunity, and all you needed was a few votes of confidence? You’d want people to rally around you, right?

Well, I have a friend who has a once in a lifetime opportunity. Actually, I’ve blogged about his work as a maker and gushed about the bag he made me. Right now, that post is the second most popular on this blog. So, I’m guessing others appreciate the art in his handmade bags.

Jared Desimio was selected as a finalist from 2000 entries for the American Made Award by Martha Stewart Living. This is a big deal, my friends.

What does this contest mean to Jared and his family? Here’s what his wife, Hannah, wrote on Facebook:

This contest is more personal and emotional than people probably realize. Jared has been an artist for a long time, but has struggled to have enough money and time to do what he loves. I’ve always told him to make the best of what he has and that a time will come when he will have the time, space, and materials he needs to achieve his biggest dreams. I’m tired of having to tell him this, I want the time to be now.

Jared makes things because he has to. It’s really that simple. It’s as essential as food or water. He’s a tremendous artist and craftsman and will continue to do what he loves no matter what. I’d just really love more people to see his work and enjoy it.

He wants to build a Maine-based business founded on the values of craftsmanship, quality, and standing behind your product. He wants to make items that last years, not for a season. He’s building a business that are like his products: high in quality and integrity. This is a business founded on values and now searching for a way to make a profit, while most business start with trying to make a profit and then fill in the values later.

He represents everything that I want in my community. I think he represents a cause we can all rally around. If you feel motivated by Jared’s story and his love of what he does, can you help spread the word? It means so much and we are truly grateful.

How could you not vote for Jared

He’s a talented, humble maker who is looking for your vote. And he needs it today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Can we count on you to vote? Here are a few more reasons:

Jared’s got quite the Facebook meme going on right now.

You’d be voting for someone’s dream to come true. How often do you get to do that?

Plus, I like to think that by doing something good for someone else actually brings more good your way.

So go vote. Vote now. Vote every day until Monday.

Let’s get Jared in New York with Martha Stewart!

If you’re still not convinced, visit a few of these links:
About Jared
Jared on Twitter
Jared’s Facebook Page
Jared’s Etsy Shop
Pinterest
Join Our Party on Facebook!
Jared on Good Day Maine
Jared in the Bangor Daily News
Jared in The Forecaster
Just vote for Jared

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  1. Thank you so much for writing this! Jared and I greatly appreciate it. It is pretty neat to be able to do something simple and get such a big result. He is competing against much more well established businesses and that is overwhelming. But there is so much grassroots support for Jared and his product that he just might win! We don’t have staff to help us win this, but with good people everywhere pitching in, the sky is the limit. We are so appreciative and humbled by the support.
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  2. I voted for him! GO Jared! Will vote again tomorrow and Sunday… :)
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  3. Go Jared! I voted!
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  4. I also love that Martha is doing this! Who better to come up with this contest than the mother of all things creative? Lots of luck to jared…the bags are so cool!
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  5. I will be honest. As compelling as your plea is I wouldn’t vote for someone if I didn’t think they deserved it. I love Jareds bags! Getting one is now on my list. I voted and tweeted.

    Coming by from SITS (Saturday Sharefest!).

  6. Just voted again! So glad I saved the link! :)
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  7. Jared DeSimio says:

    Thank you all for the support. it is truly humbling.

  8. Your post gave me chills…and I voted. There are times that I felt I could have gone in a different direction if I had a little more support. Maybe that’s why I’m finally taking the steps I’m taking now. I will gladly spread the word to vote for Jared!
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