Wear Now DOer's Blog

September 2018

Title: Tanks for the Memories

A hearty THANK YOU goes out to all that have chosen to follow and encourage the evolution of my business over these last few months. I truly appreciate your support, special orders, fun and funky emojis @wearnowdo on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

September, was a busy month because I was hard at work developing new items that I think you will love. In keeping with our California casual apparel, Wear Now Do is happy to offer a newly designed distressed denim tote. It's handy when you are on the go and just need a little bag to thrown your gear in.  

Our home goods line also expanded.  We are now offering two new autumn inspired scents for our 100% soy wax candles- Alemany Apple which is a salute to San Francisco’s only remaining urban farm and Toasted Pecan- which frankly reminds me of one of my favorite deserts. Both are offered in a 4 oz size.

We also now offer a three piece candle care set complete with candle wick trimmer, candle snuffer, and wick dipper. Chic, and affordable candle care has ever been so easy.

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Melissa

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August 2018

Title: Meet Your Local Urban Farm- Alemany Farm

Wow! Is the first word that comes to my mind after spending some quality time recently with the Friend of Alemany Farm volunteer group last Saturday. Alemany Farm is located at 700 Alemany Blvd. in San Francisco, CA.

I had heard about this farm, but not had the opportunity, until just recently, to take part in one of their well organized volunteer work days. I was attracted to the farm because their mission as an organization is uplifting and driven by direct action.

Quite literally they are growing food security in urban areas and educating their community about how they can be empowered to be economically in control of their own food production. All of the produce is donated to local food banks and is free to the community to enjoy and harvest and enjoy! 

For the better part of the day we removed late season zucchini plants, tilled the earth, and prepared the plant bed for the next crop- swiss chard.

Learn about Alemany Farm here

Get involved by clicking here

Volunteering on the farm Old plants removed Welcome to Alemany Farm Sign 

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Melissa

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June 2018

Title: Sort of Getting the Hang of it

In my previous post I mentioned that Wardrobe for Opportunity likes to have its volunteers complete at least two shifts of sorting before they begin styling clients. This month I was able to participate in one of those shifts along with 3 other volunteers at their offices in Oakland.

I met one women who was a long time volunteer and two other energetic DOers. I worked along side her as much as possible so that I could glean all the best tips for the task at hand. That day we were going through racks of donated clothing that had already been sorted by an earlier shift of volunteers. We assessed their sizes, marked them on tags, then used a fancy retail tagging gun to label each item. I’d never used a fancy tag gun before, but was up for the challenge. I can report that I remained unscathed or punctured by the sharp lancet used to affix to the apparel.

It was good fun for a great organization. I’m looking forward to my second sorting shift coming up soon.

Measuring and sorting clothing for clients   Tools of the trade   Perfectly tagged and ready to go

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Melissa

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May 2018

Title: Fashion Forward into Workforce Development

So excited to share that I found a great organization to do personal volunteering with called Wardrobe for Opportunity. They are based in downtown Oakland and have deeply been committed to serving their clients since 1995. Wardrobe for Opportunity’s mission is to empower low-income individuals from across the Bay Area with acquiring interview skills, professional clothing and the career support they need to become economically self-sufficient.

I recently attended a volunteer orientation to learn more about their programs and how I might be able to get more directly involved in 2018. It’s important that their volunteers have a good understanding of operations and their clients needs so they ask you complete two shifts of clothes sorting before you can begin directly styling clients.

Yup that’s right, I’m going to up my fashion game while helping others to look their best as they re-enter the workforce. One of the best things that I have realized over these last few months is that when you get out there and volunteer in the community, you never know whom you might meet to inspire you to think, be, and act differently.

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 Melissa

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April 2018

Title: Can you spot Heron’s Head Park on your iPhone?

As a bonafide city dweller it’s a delight to explore nearby wilderness areas and green spaces – especially in the San Francisco Bay Area.  But frankly there are also many hidden gems nestled deep in the heart of cities that should not be neglected. I found Heron’s Head Park a few months back while exploring India Basin. If you’ve not been there yet, then go grab a map or your iPhone. I’m going to let you in on a little secret for how to spot it. Basically, just turn any city map upside down, and you’ll notice the natural contour of a heron’s head along San Francisco’s southeastern shoreline just south of Islais Creek. Tucked away neatly, yet in plain sight, to the adventurous urban explorer. If you’ve never been to an urban marsh this is an accessible way to see what it’s like.

The SF Department of Parks and Recreation together with the Eco Center at Heron’s Head Park recently organized a service day to get rid of Algerian Sea Lavender. This pesky invasive plant has rooted in some of the most sensitive areas of the park. It’s suspected that it was carried here by the unsuspecting hull of boats and container ships as they lumbered past the shoreline on route to one of California’s many ports.  We dutifully removed a total of 171 pounds of the plant this Saturday morning.

Urban woodland areas, salt marshes, native grasslands, and green spaces are more than just fun to explore on this Earth Day.  They vitally support livable communities and are core to Wear Now Do’s mission to improve and create safe, urban green spaces.

Removing invasive plants at Heron's Head Park            Algerian Sea Lavender                                          

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Melissa

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March 2018

Title: Success at Bayview Women's Business Pitch Contest! 

During the evenings for the the last 6 weeks I’ve participated in the Renaissance Center’s sponsored course called Bayview Women’s Start Smart. Renaissance is a non profit organization that does a fantastic job of hosting educational, professional development, and business training to their clients throughout the Bay Area.

My cohort was dynamic. Several women were in the start-up phase and others had well established operations. Only through this course could you be exposed to the challenges that come with starting something new in the realm of virtual education, food catering, photography, and the entertainment industry all at once!

In the end, we got to pitch our businesses for a small investment at their version of Shark Tank, called RenTank. Happy to share that l was one of several women who took the top prize! 

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Melissa

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March 2018

Title: Volunteering for Native, Urban Grasslands in San Francisco

I recently joined Nature in the City which is a non profit organization that connects volunteers to revitalization projects in the neighborhoods throughout San Francisco. Members participate in hands on workshops, habitat restoration efforts, and educational events. One such restoration project underway is at Palou Phelps Park located in the Hunters Point Bayview neighborhood. 

On the first Saturday of every month community members, together with the city’s parks and recreation department, gather to care for this urban gem. The park has a little children’s playground at the northern and spans a sloped hill. Its most accessible from the intersection of Palou and Phelps Ave. or from the dead end at Quesada Ave. 

When I arrived, I introduced myself and was warmly greeted by a few of the local residents. That morning was cool and damp but high in enthusiasm. Volunteers trickled into the meeting spot at the bottom of the hill and before you know it, we were nearly a bakers dozen strong. 

It had rained the day before, so the day’s activity struck me as uniquely suited. We’d remove weeds and wild radishes so they did not spread throughout the park. The representatives from the parks and recreation department showed us which plants to target, give us pick axes, and collection bags for the roots. As we ascended the hill our guides pointed out native plants such as Miners Lettuce, Wild Buckwheat, which is vital to local pollinators like bees, Yarrow, and Footsteps-of-Spring. 

I ended the day a little wiser, a bit dirtier, and happier knowing that one of the few native grasslands in San Francisco was in great hands. Urban grasslands and woodlands like these are a treasure, and was proud to contribute to the local community building efforts. 

To learn more about the Palou Phelps Park Project visit their site. 

  

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Melissa

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February 2018

Title: A World to Discover

I noticed that I was living an internal focused life centered around day to day musings recently. There are of course lots of great reasons for why this would be the case. Moving, starting a new job, making new awesome friends, and exploring a whole unchartered geography in a short space of time can result in an inward lens.

So I’ve redoubling my efforts to become more engaged with my local community by personally committing to volunteering more frequently and supporting direct acts of civic engagement.

San Francisco Women's March 

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Melissa

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February 2018

Title: Thanks are in Order

It’s impossible to embark on Wear Now Do’s mission without a lot of help and support. This brief post is dedicated to those that have invested their time and provided constant encouragement as I’ve turned Wear Now Do into a reality.

P.S. Special thanks to Arron- Wear Now DOer #1

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Melissa

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January 2018

Title: We've Launched!

My business and labor of love for the last 8 months, Wear Now Do, has officially opened. I invite you to take a look at the site and let me know what you think. 

More About Wear Now Do:

Wear Now Do is a social enterprise that uses business driven principals to be a force for good in local communities. We seek out and financially support not for profit organizations that work to advance the most vulnerable in our society. A portion of each product sale is donated accordingly.

Melissa