Giving back to the world around me is super high on my list of must-dos, from local personal efforts to global charities, every single one has the ability to level up our lives and the lives of others. It’s my belief that we are only as strong as our weakest points, after all, a rising tide lifts all boats.
As soapmakers, we all make a great product that is much needed in every part of the world, it makes it oh-so-easy to do something we all love and make a difference all in the same go. Here are some ways to make difference in your community:
Rebatch your soap scraps
I embed all of my end cuts and scraps and make new soap for organizations who are in need of soap for the people they serve. My favorite local organization is Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City. Modern Soapmaking donated over 1,000 bars of soap in 2014 to this fabulous organization.
Look for shelters, missions, and organizations that directly serve populations in dire need. Check Charity Navigator if you want to ensure the organization you are supporting is making a real difference.
We used to send our soap scraps to Clean the World, but they have let us know that they no longer accept handmade soap.
In case you were wondering, all of the soaps created for tutorials on Modern Soapmaking also get donated!
Share the love of soapmaking
Soapmaking is a valuable skill that showcases a wide variety of important facets of personal development.
At the most basic level, soapmaking is chemistry, art, and math all wrapped up in one pretty package. This makes it a wonderful teaching tool for others through soapmaking demonstrations.
Youth organizations can always use another upstanding person to showcase academic skills used in practical applications. From demonstrations for scouting organization to the local high school Chemistry class, they can all benefit from seeing you in action.
On top of all that goodness, soapmaking is also a wonderful empowerment tool that proves you can make something brilliant and valuable with your own two hands. Teaching a basic soapmaking class to a group of people who need a little extra push or could put the skill to work in their own lives is rewarding in its own right.
I’ve taught and/or demonstrated soapmaking to dozens of groups, from domestic violence survivors to middle school classrooms.
Reach out to give
You don’t have to create another Modern Soapmaking to reach out and be a guiding light in the life of another person. You don’t even have to be a soapmaker to be a fabulous mentor! Every single one of us has something inside that we can freely give to others to make the world a better place.
In 2014, I gave away my soap company, Gratitude Soapery, through a program here on Modern Soapmaking called Give Gratitude. My goal was to give back to the community that has supported Modern Soapmaking and work one-on-one with a soap company to bring them to the next level. Ever since then, I’ve worked with the owners of Gratitude Soapery to step it up and launch into the world.
Don’t have the time or skillset to work with others? I get it, I do – I have to be careful about how much time I spread around, so every quarter I support other entrepreneurs around the world through KIVA loans. Loans can be as little as $25, and you get to choose who you loan to. I always look for shea butter producers and soap makers to keep moving our wonderful industry forward.