Why did you found BossPunk?
BOSSPUNK was founded because I was once a victim to bullying and attempted suicide a the age of 14. My love for comfortable apparel is what inspired the brand as well. Ninety percent of the time you will see me wearing very comfortable clothing such as tees, hoodies, hats etc. I knew that I wanted to create a brand that had substance, meaning, and a way to give back. Bullying and related suicide deaths to bullying has more than doubled over the past 5-10 years in the U.S. alone.
How does the BossPunk brand help to fight bullying and build awareness for it?
BOSSPUNK helps to fight bullying and build awareness though our relevant and meaningful design concepts that speak out against bullying. Our concepts evoke raw emotions that compels people to be mindful of bullying, look out for it, and to help.
How do you promote your anti-bullying message in the community?
Through our website, social media platforms, community business partnerships, being a vendor at community venues for business organizations, nonprofits, schools and colleges in our communities.
How can people get involved with and support your work in our community?
By purchasing our apparel, wearing and sharing our ‘We Speak Purple” message on your personal or business social media platforms, advocating in our communities and donating to our cause. The more support BOSSPUNK gets out, the more work we can do in our communities to help speak out against bullying.
How is BossPunk working with BBBSLV and their Littles to fight bullying and help kids that are experiencing it?
BOSSPUNK works in partnership with BBBSLV to create activities within their organization and the community to help educate their Littles and Bigs on how to speak out against bullying and not be a bystander because you may save a life, a friend, or even a dream.
Like to shop online? Did you know you can support BBBSLV when you shop on Amazon? It's easy to do! Every time you shop through our Amazon Smile portal, Amazon donates a percentage of what you spend to us. Here's how to do it:
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time.
To change your charitable organization:
1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
3. Select a new charitable organization to support.
For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Remember, only purchases at smile.amazon.com (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app) support charity.
We want to help you make the holiday season as special as if can be for your Little. Here are a few ideas for activities you can do together, which can become annual traditions he or she won’t forget.
1. Holiday Lights Tour
Check out some holiday lights together. Visit the classic Allentown Lights in the Parkway or take your own tour by following The Morning Call’s/Bill White’s Christmas Lights tour which tells you where the best decorated homes in the Lehigh Valley are. See highlights from last year’s tour here.
2. Make a Photo Book
Take a look back at the past year with your Little by making a photo book of all the pictures you took together during your activities. Go the classic route and print out your photos to place and decorate in a scrapbook or visit sites like www.shutterfly.com or www.snapfish.com to put together online. (Make sure to check Groupon this time of year to find any deals available.)
3. Decorate your Ugly Sweaters for the Big and Little Holiday Party
Get together with your Little and plan out your Ugly Sweaters for the Big and Little Holiday Party on December 9. See how creative you can get, keeping in mind that prizes will be handed out for the following categories: Best Match, Most Festive, Ugliest, Most Creative, and Most Colorful.
4. Spread Holiday Cheer
Activities like making cards for military service members or folks in a nursing home, or baking cookies to give to a neighbor, help spread holiday cheer, but also teach your Little how to think of others and encourage them to take the perspective of another. Cards can be donated to Operation Gratitude or stop by a local nursing home with your Little to drop cards off to their front desk.
5. Start to think about 2018
It’s never too early to start to think about the year ahead and what goals you can help your Little accomplish in 2018. Talk with your Little about what they really liked in 2017, and what the two of you could tackle together in the year ahead. You can have a conversation or use an organizer to help you write some things down. Check out this goal sheet or this resolution planner.
We interviewed Greg Stoudt, President & CEO of Beck Packaging about his company's involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley for the past decade, including our annual Bowl for Kids' Sake tournament.
1. When did Beck Packaging first become involved with BBBSLV.
It started in 2007.
2. Why did the company choose to support the organization?
We chose to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley because we found a common passion in all our employees. We enjoy supporting our local organizations and BBBSLV was a big one that we desired to contribute our time to.
3. In what ways does Beck and its staff support BBBSLV and its many programs?
Beck Packaging has participated in many events with the BBBSLV, including the annual Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser that our sales team participated in.
4. What is the company’s philosophy on supporting the community, and what does it get out of it?
Community involvement is a long-standing objective at Beck Packaging. The company and its employee-owners have invested countless volunteer hours raising money for local organizations. Not only do we spend time volunteering, we take pride in sponsoring local events throughout our community and surrounding areas. Investment in the community is just one of many ways Beck Packaging and its employee-owners demonstrate our commitment to be a good corporate citizen.
5. What do you think the most important thing is that Beck staff have learned (or experienced) from their support of BBBLSV?
We have learned the value of connecting with our community. Not only do we take pride in raising money and awareness for local organizations, we take pride in the relationships we build with the people involved with these local charities and groups. We aren’t only known as Beck Packaging we are known for our involvement with the wonderful organizations around us and that is something very special to us. Founder Irwin Beck was very passionate about helping the community and we continue to make him proud by supporting local chapters and connecting with the community and beyond.
Our Bigs and Littles participated in the Dale Carnegie Global Day of Giving this past Saturday. The JCC of the Lehigh Valley in Allentown provided space for the meeting and Dale Carnegie provided the free training.
Together, Bigs and Littles discussed leadership, our comfort zones, and how we can break out of those comfort zones. We also practiced being good communicators and good listeners.
Finally, we closed the day by reminding ourselves, “It’s great to be me!”
Thank you Dale Carnegie for this great day of learning!
Our "Meet the BBBSLV Staff" video series with Bob Noble continues this week as he explains why more Big Brothers are needed to meet the demand for Little Brothers who are still in need of a Big of their own.
Christmas might be over two months away, but we're helping Santa get started early with gifts for our Littles.
You can help too by purchasing item on our Holiday Gift Drive 2017 Wish List on Amazon.
Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for the John Walson Jr. Golf for Kids' Sake Tournament. We hope you had a great time. Thank you for your support!
Special thanks to Service Electric Cable TV, Inc. for being the event's Presenting Sponsor again this year.
We'll be posting pictures to FB and on our web site in the next day or two, so check back soon. Photos by AllPointsImages.com
We are excited to introduce you to Big Brother Michael and Little Brother David in our next video series. In the first video Michael talks about wanting to getting involved in his community after graduating from Moravian College in Bethlehem and deciding to become a Big Brother with BBBSLV which led to getting matched with David, who is a student at Raub Middle School in the Allentown School District.
Photos of the teams that played in this year's fundraising tournament for BBBSLV. Photos by AllPointsImages.com