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Aura Cacia Donates $250,000 to Women’s Causes

NORWAY, IOWA (March 8, 2018) — Aura Cacia is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the aromatherapy and body care brand’s Positive Change Project, an annual program to support organizations that are helping women of courage and determination to better their lives. In 2018, Aura Cacia will provide $250,000 to six organizations that are helping women move their lives forward.

Since 2016, the Aura Cacia Positive Change Project has provided more than half million dollars in grants to organizations across the U.S. Funds have supported women with more than 18,000 nights of safe housing, delivered more than 400 employment counseling sessions and facilitated regular trauma-informed counseling sessions for over 60 women.   

“For women who have too often had to put their personal well-being, fulfillment and ambitions on hold simply to survive day-to-day, the impact of these programs is immeasurable,” said Aura Cacia Public Relations and Positive Change Project Grants Manager Anne Rierson. “Aura Cacia is committed to surrounding all women with opportunities to grow, discover and build meaningful connections with others.”

Supporting organizations that partner with women and girls actively working to positively transform their lives is central to the goal of the Positive Change Project and to the mission of Aura Cacia. To be successful, proposed projects must focus on equipping women and girls with the resources to further their commitment to achieve their full potential.  The program’s 2018 recipients excel in these qualities and are listed below:

  • Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids, IA helping homeless women regain stability and build resiliency through transitional housing, education and supportive services.
  • DEFY Ventures in York, Nebraska is helping provide entrepreneurship, character development and employment training for currently and formerly incarcerated women through its unique, “CEO of Your New Life Program,” which educates and encourages participants to take control of their lives.
  • Girls Educational & Mentoring Services in New York City helping girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking pursue a more empowered future.
  • Lotus House Women’s Shelter in Miami seeking to improve the lives of homeless women, youth and children by providing a working classroom kitchen and culinary education program to train women how to budget for-and prepare nutritious food. The program also provides job readiness training that positions participants for jobs in the food service and retail industries.
  • Thistle Farms in Nashville helping hundreds of women annually who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction by providing residency, outreach, advocacy services, education and training.
  • Women’s Bean Project in Denver hiring women from histories of chronic unemployment and poverty to provide on-job and life skills training in its own food manufacturing facility. Graduates have earned a stable income and gained the skills necessary for employment and a stable life.

Positive Change Project grants program will be accepting applications for the 2019 calendar year beginning in July 2018.  

Learn more about these recipients and the Positive Change Project at https://www.auracacia.com/community/positive-change-project/.

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Aura Cacia®

Inspired by the power of positive change, Aura Cacia sells products made from simple and pure botanical ingredients that unlock nature’s ability to improve our well-being. The brand sources ingredients carefully and sustainably from the best locations around the world, then tests every shipment of essential oil to verify its purity and quality.  Aura Cacia is a brand of Frontier Co-op. Learn more at www.auracacia.com.

Frontier Co-op™
Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Co-op offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier, Simply Organic® and Aura Cacia® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier's goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. For more information, visit Frontier Co-op's website at www.frontiercoop.com.   

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