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Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers is taking an alternative approach to their charitable jewelry donations with their new E.A.C.H. program.

After years of donating jewelry to organizations without seeing much actual impact being made, Schwanke-Kasten has turned its attention to the community. With the mindset that change can only occur through active participation within the community, Schwanke-Kasten has highlighted four areas that it believes can produce real change.

E.A.C.H. stands for education, arts, community and health. For each letter of the acronym, Schwanke-Kasten will work with a corresponding organization. See below for a description of each beneficiary.

Education: St. Francis Children’s Center is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization that serves 800 children throughout the Milwaukee area. Comprised of educators, social workers, therapists and administrators, St. Francis Children’s Center aims to ensure that all children — including those with special needs — have the tools needed to reach their goals.

Art: Free Space is an organization formed through the Milwaukee DIY music scene as an education experiment. Free space hosts monthly, all-ages free shows, allowing young musicians to showcase their talent.

Community: PEARLS for Teen Girls is a leadership development program serving girls middle school through high school, teaching the values of personal responsibility, empathy awareness, respect, leadership and support.

Health: The Charles E. Kubly Foundation is a public charity committed to improving the lives of those affected by depression through the use of mental health projects.

Aside from monetary contributions, Schwanke-Kasten will also create and offer a paid internship with the possibility of branching off into a scholarship for the Gemological Institute of America. Schwanke-Kasten will also offer students tips on small business marketing and management, sales, gemology, goldsmithing and jewelry and watch repair.

Schwanke-Kasten will be rotating the receiving organizations next year. More information on signing up your organization to be considered for the 2019 E.A.C.H. program can be found here.

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