Origami Owl and Childhelp Saving Lives Together



Over 100,000 students received “Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe®” from initial donation

PHOENIX (August 19, 2014)Origami Owl®, a national jewelry company known for its customizable jewelry and signature Living Lockets® has committed additional financial support in its partnership with Childhelp®, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children. The two Phoenix-based companies’ previously announced a partnership in April for financial support to Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe, a comprehensive child abuse and bullying prevention education program for schools around the country.

Founder of Origami Owl, Bella Weems, has committed 100 percent of the profits from her debut single, “Find Your Voice,” to Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe from the release date August 12 to December 31, 2014. Weems performs and co-wrote the song, which will be available on iTunes. The song was written to inspire children under the care of Childhelp to speak up and find their voice. “Find Your Voice” premiered during the recent Origami Owl convention in Phoenix to the surprise and delight of the two Childhelp founders who had no idea Bella had written a song in honor of the children.

Bella Weems states “After visiting with the children in Childhelp’s care I made it my personal goal to write a song for them.  I wanted the song to be uplifting since they have already been through so much heartache.  Titling the song “Find Your Voice” seemed perfect since the Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe program is doing just that, helping these wonderful kids find their voice so they can speak up for themselves.”

Following the initial partnership in April, 108,328 students across the country, so far this year, have received access to Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe as a direct result of Origami Owl’s financial support. Origami Owl’s donations also funded the expansion of the Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe curriculum from first grade through sixth grade to include pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, allowing the program to expand into 11 additional states. An evolution of Good Touch Bad Touch™, Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe is a universal prevention program targeting child abuse, neglect and societal risks.

Origami Owl’s customizable Living Lockets® and charms are sold across the country by a sales force of more than 70,000 Independent Designers who host in-home parties called Jewelry Bars®. Last spring, Origami Owl released two charms, The Bully Proof Shield and the Hand With Heart, to benefit Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe with over 33,000 sold to date. To further its commitment, Origami Owl has added another exclusive charm, The Childhelp Dove, to be released August 18, profits of which will benefit Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe.  Consumers can purchase all three charms, to include in their Origami Owl lockets, by contacting a local Origami Owl Independent Designer at origamiowl.com.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Bella and Origami Owl, not to mention the hard-working Designers who are selling these charms across the country,” stated Fedderson. “Through the support of individuals and companies like Origami Owl, we hope to see widespread adoption of the Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe program so we can lower and eradicate the number of children abused each day. Five children is Five Too Many™.”

Origami Owl’s mission to be a force for good; to love, inspire and motivate people of all ages to reach their dreams and empower them to make a difference in the lives of others, is in direct alignment with Childhelp’s mission.

Businesses and members of the community wanting to get involved can call (480) 922-8212 or visit the website at childhelp.org. Schools interested in learning more about Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe can visit www.speakupbesafe.org. Those needing counseling or to report a potential abusive situation can call 1-800-4-A-CHILD 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

About Childhelp:

Since 1959, Childhelp® has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp's programs and services include residential treatment services, children's advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes Americans to join the fight against child abuse. For more information, log on to childhelp.org or facebook.com/childhelp.

About Origami Owl:

Origami Owl® Custom Jewelry began in 2010 when 14-year-old Founder Bella Weems had a simple dream of getting a car by the time she turned sixteen.  She created a line of meaningful, customizable jewelry, including its signature Living Lockets® which can be personalized with an individual’s own life journey.  Fast forward three years and Origami Owl, a national social selling company and Inc. Hire Power Award recipient is fulfilling its mission to be a force for good; to love, inspire and motivate people of all ages to reach their dreams and empower them to make a difference in the lives of others. Based in Chandler, Arizona Origami Owl boasts hundreds of employees headquartered in Chandler and more than 50,000 independent sales consultants, referred to as Designers, nationwide. These entrepreneurs sell the unique line at in-home parties called Jewelry Bars®. For more information, visit www.OrigamiOwl.com


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Childhelp                                                                          Origami Owl
Jennifer Spangler                                                               Liz (Goff) Santillanes
Zion & Zion                                                                       Harrison & Shriftman
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