Common Thread is a cooperative of Canadian organizations that have sewing programs and enterprises. The cooperative provides brokering and production coordination for [their] members and other producers.
“Our social goal is to provide a flexible work environment for people who have barriers to employment…” – Melanie Conn
[Their] members operate social enterprises: businesses that have a primary social purpose, such as creating employment for a specific group such as newcomers to Canada or Aboriginal communities. Like most social enterprises, they were started and continue to be hosted by non–profit organizations… Common Thread works with promotional companies to design products for their corporate and non-profit customers. [Common Thread] also works directly with customers who purchase products in bulk from [them. Once a contract is in place [they] coordinate production among [their] network of sewers. [source]
See article: STITCHING AN OLYMPIC LEGACY
Their products include: tote bags, drawstring backpacks, lunch bags, notebook covers, messenger bags, and aprons.
Watch this marvelous PSA that explains the organization:
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