By popular vote, Uncommon Threads received $1,500 from Lowell’s Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. Additionally, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation recognized Uncommon Threads with its own Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant. And just to load the bases, Andover Business Community Association (ABCA) selected Uncommon Threads as its 2017 Honoree for Andover Day.
The organization’s mission is to use clothes and image as the tools for boosting women’s self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth. Clients are low-income women that are social worker referred, including domestic violence survivors, female veterans, cancer patients and disabled women. Uncommon Threads provides women a private wardrobe styling session as a first empowering step.
The credit union’s Give-A-Click campaign, which runs about every three months, allows its customers to cast votes for one of three local nonprofits to receive a donation. Thousands of votes are cast to select a winner, and it was significant that Uncommon Threads in less than a year has developed such a following.
To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and its Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program enables employees from Harvard Pilgrim, Health Plans Inc., and NTT Data to award an annual grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice. “ We think what Uncommon Threads stands for is quite remarkable and we like how you’re empowering women, “ says Ann LaFleur, the employee sponsor. “It is magical what you are doing!”
In addition to these grants, Uncommon Threads is being honored at the popular Andover Day September 9th– a street fair with live music, food, crafts and more. “The [Andover Day] committee this year talked a great deal about a local charity/group that would be a great fit for our event and Uncommon Threads won hands down,” said Phyllis Riordan of the ABCA. “It’s a wonderful honor,” says Andover native and Uncommon Threads Founder Susan Kanoff, “and we are very excited to participate this year.”