MISE For A Cause

Throughout our journey to establish the new standard of kitchen footwear, we’ve received endless support from our culinary friends. And it’s our turn to pay it forward through cause campaigns that address and support the diverse needs of the culinary industry and our community. 

It’s with much excitement that we welcome Equitable Giving Circle as our current MISE For A Cause charity partner. Equitable Giving Circle (EGC) was founded on the idea of creating a closed loop that could alleviate hunger, and support the larger BIPOC community. EGC is a Black-Femme founded and led organization aiming to make large economic deposits into the Black economy, while encouraging healing within the community. 

The inspiration to collaborate alongside Equitable Giving Circle was led by our Community Partner, Lisa Nguyen of HeyDay Doughnuts. “I have worked and connected with Equitable Giving Circle for a couple years, and I am in awe of all the ways they have provided for BIPOC women and families in this city,” says Lisa Nguyen, on her work with EGC. “From food, meals, clothes, care packages and plants, they provide in ways that meet individuals where they are at in very tangible ways. The way they show people love is so amazing and out of the box.”

Equitable Giving Circle’s successes since March 2020 include, but are not limited to:

Money + Stats:
• EGC has put over $3 million into the local Black + Brown Economy in Portland and beyond 
• EGC has raised over $4 million total in their efforts 
• EGC has created 6 jobs for BIPOC folks 
CSA (food) program: 
• Feeding 350 BIPOC families weekly with food from BIPOC farmers, with home delivery service included (this is their third year of feeding 350+ families weekly)
• Passed out over 3,000 PPE units
• EGC has supported 17 BIPOC farms
• They host a Weekly Pantry for additional food access (serving an additional 55+ families weekly)

Housing:
• EGC has put $200K into the community and they are currently looking for more funding to grow this milestone 

Community Wellness, Events & Learnings: 
• EGC has passed out over 25k plants to BIPOC folks, has hosted multiple community events, and has passed out 1,000 care packages to date 
• EGC hosts monthly virtual convos about race and equity
• EGC hosts a monthly community building/networking event

This is where EGC needs our support and yours: 
• Fundraising for organizational funding: produce, salaries, ongoing expenses, etc.

EGC is in constant need of support from the community, and you can view the full list of ways to support their cause here. MISE is donating 1% of every sale from January 1–June 30, 2023 to support EGC’s many efforts.