Thank you for wanting to learn more about our Enrichment Program!
Giving back to the community has always been an integral part of our mission at Jewelry By Designs. This year we want to take it to another level. That’s why we are pledging to pay it forward and donate 10% of every full-price purchase made in our store or on our website to an organization of your choice on your behalf.
What is the Enrichment Program?
When you make a full-priced purchase with us we will donate 10% of the profits to an organization of your choosing on your behalf. We want to support the organizations and causes that you are passionate about. It can be your local little league team or Scout troop, an animal rescue, environmental protection, a museum, or anything else you’d like to support. We want to make the world a better place, one piece of jewelry at a time.
How does it work?
All you have to do to participate in the Enrichment program is purchase an item at Jewelry By Designs and tell us where you would like the donation made to. That’s it. We won’t be increasing our prices and there is no additional cost to you. We’re taking 10% of the full purchase price from the items you purchase and donating them to an organization you love on your behalf.
We love our customers, we love our community, and we love calling Virginia home. Our hope is that through the Enrichment Program we can spread that love to as many places as possible.
We don’t want you to think that we’re marking any of our items up to accomplish this. Much like other retailers, we get asked to discount a lot. We don’t mark up our items to mark them down for you, so why would we do it now? We’re keeping all our pricing the same, but instead of taking 10% off the top to make you feel like you’re getting a deal, we’re taking 10% and writing a check to the Humane Society so a puppy can find their fur-ever home, or the YMCA so that a young child can go to camp this summer. These are the ways we can make a difference.
So if you’re already in the market for that engagement ring or birthday present, why not give us a shot? You can make your significant other the happiest person on the planet and at the same time, give a little one a fighting chance at life through a donation to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Let’s change the world together and create jewelry with a purpose.
Passionate about something, but aren’t sure where to donate? Ask us! We’ve helped raise over half a million dollars for charities all over Virginia and are proud of the connections we’ve made and the ability to introduce them to you.
Each of the organizations below holds a special place in the hearts of our employees.
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a rare neuro-genetic disorder. It occurs in one in 15,000 live births. Angelman syndrome is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism due to lack of awareness. Characteristics or symptoms of Angelman syndrome include developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and walking and balance disorders. Individuals with Angelman syndrome will require life-long care. Because of its genetic relationship to autism and other disorders, many researchers believe that curing Angelman syndrome will lead to cures for similar disorders. Angelman syndrome research is on the cusp of potential treatments to reverse the debilitating symptoms of Angelman syndrome. The Angelman Syndrome Foundation is dedicated to funding the highest caliber of research on Angelman syndrome. It is our hope that these funded researchers, and their collaborators and peers, will bring forth new discoveries that ultimately lead to safe and effective therapies that improve the quality of life for all with Angelman syndrome.
The northern Virginia Child Abuse Center works each and every day to care for children and families in crisis. BCAC opened its doors to children and families in crisis in 1987 in response to growing awareness that sexually abused children were not only suffering the lasting effects of abuse, but they were also being revictimized by the lengthy and often repetitive investigative process intended to help them. BCAC has since developed a coordinated response that has resulted in timely, child-sensitive investigations of child sexual abuse in northern Virginia City. Year after year, BCAC helps approximately 1,000 children and their families by providing free services to ensure a healthy recovery. BCAC not only provides services for victims of child abuse, but has expanded to help children who have been sexually assaulted, victims of human trafficking, victims of internet exploitation, medical exams for children entering foster care, and witnesses to homicide.
The vision of House of Ruth is that one day, every woman in Virginia will be safe in her own home. House of Ruth Virginia was founded in May of 1977 by a coalition of women’s organizations, religious groups, service providers, and elected officials to provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children. In November of 1977 we opened northern Virginia’s first crisis shelter for these victims in a row house on North Calvert Street. The shelter was staffed by one paid staffed person and a voluntary Board of Directors.
In November 1998 a new 84-bed shelter and 6 apartment transitional housing, featuring expanded services and programs, opened. The new shelter has a holistic health and wellness program, including an on-site health clinic staffed by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Today, House of Ruth Virginia is recognized as one of the nation’s most comprehensive domestic violence centers and has a staff of more than ninety. Our voluntary leadership consists of a thirty-member Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee.
Each year the adoption center of Virginia SPCA adopts out more than 3,500 needy and unwanted pets. Animals in the care of VASPCA stay until they are adopted, there is no time limit. The staff and volunteers provide excellent care to the dogs and cats in need. Each pet receives medical care including neuter surgery, vaccinations, treatments, as well as TLC. The VASPA also provides Spay and Neuter Clinics performing approximately 7,000 surgeries each year, making the VASPCA the state leader in providing this crucial, lifesaving service. Surgeries are provided to animals in their adoption program, other shelters and rescue groups, low-income pet owners, and feral cats all with the aim to reduce pet overpopulation in our community. Other lifesaving programs include their foster program that cares for more than 1,700 young and injured pets annually. The VASPCA Wellness Clinic provides care for over 4,000 pets in the community every year.
The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia (NFBVA), an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind, is an organization that believes in the full capacity of blind people and has the power, influence, diversity, and determination to help transform our dreams into reality. Members work together for a brighter tomorrow by raising expectations so that blind persons can have the life they want. The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia is a 501c(3) nonprofit made up of blind people of all ages, their families and friends. Our strong local chapters and divisions and well-trained leaders help newly blind people adjust to vision loss and promote the full participation and integration of blind people in our communities. We bring our collective experiences together to effect change at the state and national level.
Each year, nearly 200,000 people in America receive the life-altering diagnosis of breast cancer. In Virginia, more than 4,000 families cope with that reality annually. Founded in 2002, The Red Devils is a 501 (c) (3) organization based in northern Virginia whose mission is to fund services that improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families. Since 2002, The Red Devils has invested nearly $3 million to fund treatment support for more than 5,500 breast cancer families so that loved ones are able to enter or remain in treatment. We have partnerships with 41 hospitals or other facilities throughout Virginia, and five hospitals in Washington, DC. Their medical staff and social workers refer patients to our business partners who provide a variety of treatment support services at no charge to the patients living or being treated in Virginia. The Red Devils funds support in three program areas that align with the most common barriers to treat breast cancer patients encounter. Patients and their families can turn to us assist with:
Treatment Transportation including taxi vouchers, gasoline cards, bridge tolls, metro passes, parking, and sedan and van services.
Family support including meals and groceries, house cleaning, utilities, rent and mortgage, childcare and respite care.
Medical services and treatment-related therapies including chemotherapy and radiation treatments, medical co-payments and insurance premiums, exams, acupuncture and massage therapy, medical equipment and prostheses.
St. Vincent de Paul of northern Virginia’s mission is to ensure those impacted by poverty have the skills, resources, and opportunity to achieve their full potential. St. Vincent de Paul of northern Virginia emerged during the time of the Civil War. The first parish conference was founded in 1865 at the Basilica of the Assumption in downtown northern Virginia, just 32 years after the first St. Vincent de Paul Society conference in Paris, France in 1833.
Guided by the examples of their patron, St. Vincent de Paul, and the founder of the Society, Frederic Ozanam, early members of St. Vincent de Paul sought to live their faith by caring for others and became pioneers in the development of social programs to help the poor. Members attended to the very basic needs of the poor in their area by bringing them food, clothing, and coal to heat their homes.
For most of its history, St. Vincent de Paul consisted of three principal functions: parish conferences, the summer camp, and the collection bureau/thrift store operations. In 1986, St. Vincent de Paul was invited to take over operation of Beans & Bread, a local soup kitchen founded in 1977 by Benet Hanlon. In the decades since, St. Vincent de Paul significantly expanded its community services, adding programs focused on homeless services, employment training, early childhood education, and healthy food access. Its annual operating budget grew from approximately $400,000 in 1988 to over $20 million in 2015.
In 2005, St. Vincent de Paul was awarded the Virginia Nonprofits Seal of Excellence, validating our efforts to meet the highest standards for management, fundraising, and fiscal practices; and we have maintained this accreditation ever since.
St. Vincent de Paul is proud of its long and distinguished history of serving those less fortunate in northern Virginia. We embrace our roots – moving from Parish-based work to becoming one of the largest human services nonprofit in Virginia. We look forward to building the foundation for another 150 years of community service.
A cancer diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 39 is eight times more common than a diagnosis during the first 15 years of life. In the U.S., every 8 minutes a young adult is diagnosed with cancer. Despite advances in early detection, treatment, and prevention, there’s been no improvement within the last 30 years in survival rates for this particular age group — and in fact, the gap between the survival rates of young adults and those of cancer patients in other age groups is widening. The Ulman foundation envisions a world where no young adult faces cancer alone. With programs that help with social isolation, fertility preservation, financial needs, and survivorship The Ulman Foundation has helped over 8,031 young adults and their loved ones.