Phase Out's first five projects

  
We’re six months into Phase Out, and already with your help we have been able to donate over $60,000 to our friends at charity: water. This will bring clean, safe drinking water to about 3,000 people in need.
  
A few weeks ago, we were told by charity: water that of the $60,000 donated, $36,555 has been allocated toward funding Phase Out’s first five projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). These projects are planned for a mix of villages, schools and clinics with a strong emphasis on hygiene, sanitation training and community buy-in to ensure sustainability and prevention of water-borne diseases, providing a safer and healthier environment. The funds will help create spring protections, rainwater catchments and large-scale gravity-fed water systems that will have dozens of distribution points to serve a large population in the DRC.

To all of those who have contributed to Phase Out, thank you.

We're really excited about the future and looking forward to sharing this story with you.  Look for more updates from us about these projects as we learn about their development. 

Until next time...

Use your feet to stand for something

A few weeks ago, we imagined what it might be like to go without access to clean drinking water. Today, April 10th, we're imagining what it's like to go without shoes. TOMS started One Day Without Shoes as an annual event to spread awareness about the millions of children who go without shoes every day. Without any sort of protection on their feet, these kids are exposed to injury and disease, and some are not even allowed to go to school without shoes. We think it’s a cause worth supporting, so we're going barefoot to raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life.

 

 

Use your feet to stand for something. For more information on One Day Without Shoes, visit OneDayWithoutShoes.com.

World Water Day

For almost 20 years now, March 22nd has been known as World Water Day, a special day where you can step back and just think about water and the role it plays in your life.

Just try and go a day without using a tap—I guarantee you'll notice very quickly how much you use water and what it might be like to try to go without it. But that's what it's like for millions and millions of people all over the world. Clean, safe drinking water is a basic need that almost a billion people live without.

A few months ago we teamed up with charity: water to do our part to help solve the water crisis through our Phase Out program. We've told you how Phase Out works, how much you've helped us donate so far, and how many people we'll be able to help because of it. Now we want to show you just how much charity: water can do with a little help.

This year, charity: water is launching a campaign to pledge birthdays for World Water Day, and we decided we want in. Here's how it works: when your next birthday comes around, don't ask for presents. Just ask that people take whatever they would normally spend on a birthday gift for you, and donate that amount to charity: water. It's a simple idea, but it's so powerful at the same time.

We’ve already started getting birthday pledges from our guys in support—50 so far! We kicked off our birthday pledge campaign with our CEO, Jarrett Pumphrey, who had his birthday at the beginning of this month.

If you want to feel great on your birthday, if you want to spend your birthday making a big difference in the world, consider pledging it to charity: water. Trust me—you'll be in great company!

Phase Out update: Little green men

Phase Out is just one month old, and already you've helped us give $10,700, which will help about 535 people gain access to clean and safe drinking water.

To help our whole company keep up with our progress, we decided to dedicate one of the walls outside our manufacturing area to the Phase Out project. Here's what it looks like after just one month of contributing leftover phases to charity: water.

That's 535 little green men already! And that's our success director, Sarah Bircher. Normally she talks to doctors and gets feedback on how we're doing as a company and what we can do better. She's still doing that full time, but she loved this idea so much, she volunteered to take a little time every week to update our wall.

We're all excited to see just how big this project can get. Keep checking back here and on our Phase Out page to track our progress. Oh, and if you just can't wait for a case to finish, or even if you're not a doctor and just want to see this movement grow, you can always go to our mycharity: water page and donate to this wonderful cause.

Happy Veteran's Day

To all who serve, and to all who have served, we thank you.

On this Veteran's Day, We'd like to recognize a few of our own ClearCorrectors who answered the call:

Daniel Cantu
Daniel Cantu, U.S. Marine Corps

Marvin Chan
Marvin Chan, U.S. Air Force

Reuben Dudley
Reuben Dudley, U.S. Army

Brian Feldman

Brian Feldman, U.S. Coast Guard.

 

Dr. Pumphrey
Dr. Willis Pumphrey, U.S. Army

 

We appreciate your selflessness, and again we thank you for your service.

Happy Veteran's Day.

Movember at ClearCorrect

These days, a clean-shaven guy coming in to apply for a job here at ClearCorrect might feel a bit out of place. Lately, it’s looking a little like all our male staff are working round the clock, with no time to shave. Some of our guys are looking like they’re growing playoff beards.

But there’s an explanation for this aside from how work and personal grooming habits collide: it’s Movember.

To raise awareness for men’s health issues, each of our guys started this month clean-shaven and vowed not to shave again until November 30th, when they’ll unveil some of the greatest facial hair ever witnessed. In just a couple weeks we’ll post some photos so that you can be the judge: which ClearCorrector will have the fullest, most manly, most creative moustache of all? Stay tuned, and you can help us decide!

To learn more on what Movember's all about, visit Movember.com.