Fashion as a Force for Good: Our Mission for Disaster Relief
Since 2014 our mission has been simple: To raise money for amazing non-profits by selling donated, gently worn designer clothes. Union & Fifth revved our mission into high gear to respond with relief aid to the victims of recent hurricanes and wild fires. Thankfully, we are uniquely positioned to do so and feel fortunate to have the resources needed to help those in times of crisis.
We have a special kinship with the good people of Houston, Texas; they have been incredibly supportive of our mission by cleaning out closets and donating their beautiful clothing as well as becoming loyal customers since our company was founded. Thus, we had a tremendous heartache for the folks who lost everything and were displaced from their homes and their livelihoods in and around Houston. Union & Fifth responded to this crisis by partnering with the non-profit Real Beauty, Real Women. This organization provided support directly to Harvey survivors and those working to rebuild the lives devastated. So far, we have collected a value of over $20k in clothing for our Harvey efforts. Learn more about our relationship with Houston here.
Union & Fifth also collaborates with the amazing Houston-based non-profit Magpies & Peacocks by donating clothing and accessories that their artisans upcycle to accomplish their mission of keeping fashion out of landfills. They sprung into relief action after Hurricane Harvey by clearing out their dry warehouse following the flooding. This created a much-needed space and for a temporary pet shelter and location for reuniting lost pets with their owners.
The Northern California trio of wildfires that occurred just a mere 50 miles from our headquarters and negatively impacted folks we personally know, while bringing smoke-filled air into our skies, motivated employees of Union and Fifth to respond in a few significant ways. Our co-founder, Christena, put a call-to-action on Facebook and within a few days local friends and members of our community dropped off much-needed supplies such as toiletries and clothing. Union & Fifth employees put aside daily operations to focus on sorting and prepping these aid donations, including hundreds of articles pulled from the inventory in our warehouse and from our very own closets. In total, we donated 2000 items to fire victims. Christena’s father, a Vietnam vet, drove dozens of aid boxes in his truck to assist with accomplishing our mission.
When disaster strikes and people lose everything, we strive to expand beyond our original mission statement to simply raise money for incredible non-profits. We aim to provide relief aid in ways that have direct and immediate impact thereby bringing to life Union & Fifth’s concept of fashion as a force for good.