Do Good Feature : Cassidy Perry of The Arise Box
Cassidy Perry is the founder of The Arise Box, a themed, quarterly subscription box that is curated for those wanting to make a social impact. Each month features practical, everyday products that are ethical, sustainable and/or have a give-back component. The tagline for the box is ‘Buy One, Build One’, as each box not only contains an amazing assortment of purpose-filled goods for the person buying it, it also generates funds for Cassidy to create care packages for survivors of human trafficking. (And worth mentioning, each month’s subscription box comes with artwork by child survivor in Ghana that’s been made into a postcard. The intent is that the artwork will inspire the receiver to send it back with words of encouragement to be included in a care package that she sends out. This is one of my favorite parts of the box!!) Cassidy is passionate about providing tangible assistance to children and adults who have been trafficked, as well as introducing impact-driven goods to the consumer market. On our phone call earlier this week, she shared with me that it was in college about six years ago that she learned about human trafficking and started dreaming big. Her hope is to one day build a safe home for survivors of trafficking, but in the meantime, realized she loves creating care packages and providing, “inspiring, practical, and simple luxuries that survivors can call their own.” In just 19 months since Cassidy’s Arise Box launched, 130 care packages have been sent, $125 worth of art-therapy supplies have been given to children survivors in Ghana, and the products featured in the boxes have supported clean water, employment for transitioning homeless, essential nutrition, books, education on sustainable farming, and more in the realm of sustainability to people throughout the world.
When asked where she hopes to see The Arise Box and her personal mission to provide safety and care for survivors of trafficking in 5-10 years, Cassidy says she would love to soon start creating events for children survivors of trafficking. One event specifically would be taking a group of kids to Disneyland to let them play, be kids and as she describes it, “give them moments of just fun.” Cassidy also hopes to inspire those who receive the box to try sustainable brand alternatives to everyday products we are likely already using.
The Summer Arise Box is themed Wander, and features a make-up/travel zip pouch, natural bug repellent, sun salve, journal, trail mix, and postcard with the artwork of Remember (pictured below), a child who survived labor slavery in Ghana. The products in this quarter’s box support five different cause-based projects like Two Wings, No Kid Hungry and The Tote Project.
Wander is still available and can be purchased here.