Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Mark Bryant of the Clermont County YMCA who spoke on the Global YMCA. The YMCA was founded in 1844 in London. Today, they are in 119 countries and serve 58 million people. They focus on local leadership and local needs and are far more than a “swim and gym.”

The Global YMCA Structure looks like this:
  • World Alliance of YMCAs
  • YMCA Area Alliances
  • National YMCA Movements
  • Local Y Associations and Branches

The Global YMCA currently has 270 Y-to-Y international partnerships to help 63 underserved countries. Mark shared that, in some countries, a YMCA is not a gym but rather a university because some countries do not have quality universities. Some YMCAs provide education and literacy programs. In Jerusalem the YMCA offers counseling to people who are hurting. The YMCA is the #1 provider of daycare in the United States. Global YMCA invest over $3million annually to help people all over the world.

There are many ways to get involved in with the Global YMCA. There are committees, global exchange programs, world service campaigns, fundraising efforts and volunteering at local YMCAs.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Martha Enriquez of Pine Lane Soaps of Batavia, Ohio. Martha’s products come from an 88 acre family farm in Jackson Township that belonged to her grandparents. This farm has been in the family for 5 generations and numerous local students have been given tours and connected with the farm through 4H. They have won awards for business and community involvement. Pine Lane’s slogan is, “Everybody uses soap or at least they should.”

Pine Lane Soaps makes a cold process soap which is an old fashioned lye soap that must cure for at least 4 weeks. Generally, there are about 3000 bars curing at any one time.

Other products include:
  • Whipped shea butter
  • Goat milk lotion
  • Home fragrance oils
  • Lip balm
  • Much more!

Why goat milk soap?
  • High fat content makes it very moisturizing.
  • Similar pH to our skin is very gentle.
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid helps to soften and rejuvenate skin.
  • Naturally occurring glycerin remains in soap.

Pine Lane products are in about 35 retailers in the Greater Cincinnati area including: Jungle Jim’s, Miller’s Bakery, Carneys Feed Mill, The Contemporary Arts Center, Whole Foods, and the Cincinnati Nature Center. They also setup at the Montgomery farmers market.

Martha shared some great facts about Pine Lane Soaps:
  • They have been raising goats for 40 years
  • They are a small family business, owned and operated by women
  • They have been making soap for 8 years
  • The proceeds support much of the farm
  • They produce 12,000 bars per year
  • They contribute to many local charitable groups

You can reach Martha and Pine Lane Soaps at 513-260-4352 or visit the website at www.pinelanesoaps.com