I joined Monarch Jewelry back in August, 2011 after doing a service project night at Crisis Aid and making soda tab bracelets with my women’s bible study group. I made over 250 soda tab bracelets back in 2011 with over 40 hours of volunteer time in a 5 month time frame to earn a $1000 community grant from my employer, IBM for Crisis Aid.
Getting involved with Monarch has been a blessing for me as a volunteer because it is a creative outlet where I can live out my devotion to God and serve in a way that provides resources for the fight against sex-trafficking. The community of volunteers gathers weekly to produce jewelry for this purpose, and to offer support and prayer for one another. My favorite pieces are those we create from repurposed items because these unique pieces are like the rescued girls who experience difficult lives and may feel cast away but once rescued, they find new purpose and can shine beautifully in their newfound freedom. My hope would be that through the work Monarch Jewelry and Crisis Aid does, more girls get to experience freedom and find opportunity to use their God given talents for a greater purpose.