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At Elase, we believe that building community is an important part of what we do within the walls of our spa and beyond. As such, we focus on supporting charities that align with our mission of #empoweringyou. We invite you to get involved by donating to or volunteering with any of our partner organizations below.
I Am Zambia’s motto is “We are brave. We are bold. We are cycle breakers”. IAZ focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty for vulnerable girls through education and vocational experience. They provide education in three specific areas: entrepreneurship, computer skills, and English. They also offer vocational skills through small business internship opportunities. In Zambia, over 30% of young women do not progress beyond elementary school because of illness, teen pregnancy, or lack of funding. IAZ fights these barriers by teaching girls their self-worth, giving them the knowledge needed to graduate secondary school, and providing them with critical financial support.
Our founder, Carrie Brinton, currently serves as a board member for IAZ and visits the Zambia girls’ school multiple times each year. Carrie provides business expertise to help the organization operate smoothly and works personally with the girls, teaching in the classrooms and training them in the internship programs.
“Working with these young women has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I get to know them and love them just like my own kids here in Utah. I am beyond humbled watching them develop their voice to speak up for themselves and begin to believe that they really can break the cycle of poverty in their families. IAZ provides something for these girls that otherwise would never be available to them. I am so grateful to be a part of this organization.”
Utah Refugee Connection’s mission statement is to “Create meaningful connections between refugees, the community, and public and private organizations which support refugees in developing self-sufficient and fulfilling lives.” This wonderful foundation connects refugees to community resources providing social events & connections for refugee families. They are able to support 66,000 refugees relocated to Utah. Elase has been given the opportunity to be involved by putting together Mother’s Day gift bags, cleaning kits and continues to contribute financial support on an annual basis.
In 1995, the Jon & Karen Huntsman family started the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. The goal of the HCF is to raise funds to support the Huntsman Cancer Institute, which provides cutting-edge research and care for cancer patients nationwide.
Elase has chosen to support the Huntsman Cancer Foundation because of the care it has provided for several of our own team members. Over the years, we have supported these beautiful women as they battled various types and stages of cancer. Beyond our Elase family, we recognize that breast cancer is one of the leading challenges that women face. We feel that the Huntsman Cancer Institute empowers women with the knowledge and resources to fight back against this deadly disease. Each year, Elase hosts our “Pink Week” event, which raises thousands of dollars for HCF. We are proud to be going on our 10th year of donating.