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Reblogged: Get to Know Us

As some of you may know from our TweetingFacebooking, or overhearing us at The Beauty Shoppe (hi Rabih!), in a couple of weeks, Ian, our founder and CEO is running in an ultra-marathon across the Sahara Desert to raise money for Team Tassy.

The fine restaurateurs at Franktuary are hosting us for a happy hour tonight so that we can raise money towards Ian’s fundraising goal of $50,000 and send him off to the desert with a party.

Can’t eat Haitian hotdogs and drink rum punch with us tonight? You can still donate to the cause here:

Our Director of Community Development, Kelsey, moonlights at Franktuary as a server, and they did a nice interview with her about our work, what it’s like to work for someone like Ian, and the best food she’s had in Haiti. Check it out below.


Get to Know Us: Kelsey Halling

Many of our servers at Franktuary have other jobs; Kelsey Halling’s likely wins most unique.  When she’s not at the restaurant, this classy lady works with trash.  Haitian trash, to be specific.

Kelsey is one of five team members of Pittsburgh based company Thread, and we’ll let her tell you why it’s a great organization.  But first, you should know that Thread’s CEO is running SIX back-to-back marathons in the Sahara to raise money for Team Tassy, and we’re helping rally around the cause.  Team Tassy’s mission?

“To unleash the inherent power in every person to eliminate global poverty.”

The benefit happy hour is at Franktuary on Thursday, January 23, from 5 to 7 pm and will feature Haitian food and drink.

Thread in a nutshell, please.

Thread transforms trash from the poorest countries into dignified jobs and useful stuff people love.

That’s beautiful!  That’s exciting!  And…how?

Thread has been moving hundreds of thousands of pounds of recycled plastic out of Haiti to be turned into products. The waste is collected through a program called Ramase Lajan, which was founded by Executives Without Borders, and translates to “picking up money”. That’s a lot of plastic not in a landfill, or in Haitian streets and canals. Instead, it’s sustaining jobs.  This year, Thread has processed more than 600,000 lbs of recycled plastic, which will eventually be converted into fabric and turned into finished goods and jobs for Team Tassy families. Thread has the big hairy audacious goal of transforming 1 billion pounds of trash by 2032.

How did you get hooked up with this fine organization?

Our Director of Marketing, Frank Macinsky, and I went to High School together. Frank worked for Ian, Thread’s Founder and CEO, at a Pittsburgh advertising firm before Thread. When Ian had the idea to start this company, he told Frank about it. Frank mentioned it to me, and I told him I really wanted to be involved. He set up a coffee meeting for me to meet Ian, and at the end of the meeting Ian said, “Let’s get you down to Haiti.” I went and got my shots that afternoon.

Read the rest of the interview here…

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