Sympli Women That Inspire: An Employee Spotlight
It was by sheer coincidence that Kirsten joined us at Sympli, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her here! When we discovered that Kirsten also volunteers with the Looking Glass Foundation, an organization that Sympli has supported since the beginning, we felt the connection had to be fate.
Despite all the bad press out there, Sympli believes in the potential for fashion to be a positive, empowering force. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to design clothing to fit and flatter women of all shapes and sizes. This is a message that goes far deeper than the clothes we design. We are happy to be a company that reflects this love and respect in all that it does. We are an accepting and giving family, and we work every day hoping to make a difference in the lives of the people we touch. That’s why we are partners with the Looking Glass Foundation; a local, non-profit organization that provides support to young people struggling with eating disorders.
Today we are sharing Kirsten’s story, one that we are privileged to be a part of.
Tell us a little about yourself.
How did you discover the Looking Glass Foundation?
What do you do for the Looking Glass Foundation and why is it so important for you to be a volunteer?
In Hand in Hand, “participants are paired with a trained Looking Glass volunteer who is a good match for them based on their interests and background and the kind of support they need. Once connected, each participant/volunteer match commits to engage in confidential, caring support through regular (usually weekly) conversations either in person, by phone, or online… The focus of Hand in Hand is to support individuals wherever they are in their unique recovery journey and to help them discover what they are capable of achieving, as they are ready.”
This program really appealed to me. I believe Hand in Hand would have been a benefit to me when I was feeling socially isolated, and in need of face-to-face time with another person. I found it difficult to open up to paid therapists and family members during my experience with an eating disorder, so the idea of acting as a casual, friend offering support stuck with me like glue.