Lifting the Spirit Through Literacy

“Third grade marks the transition from learning to read to reading to learn.” – Andrea Stevenson

Gallatin Valley YMCA: Bozeman, MT

DEMDACO’s mission is to strive to Lift the Spirit in consumers, in each other, and in our communities. It’s why we view business primarily as a human endeavor–not simply a financial one.

The Gallatin Valley YMCA in Bozeman, MT has been one of DEMDACO’s community partners for several years. Andrea Stevenson is the CEO. Her husband Kern works in Product Development at DEMDACO.

For the past four years at the Gallatin Valley YMCA their Y-Achievers program has helped local children increase their literacy skills. Every summer they’ve been able to measure and see the results of their work. Andrea said, “Every year, we’ve seen incredible progress in literacy between our pre-tests and post-tests. The average gain in the summer is one to three months of progress in six weeks.”

Learning to read, and read well, is one of the key skills needed to succeed in life. DEMDACO is grateful to be a part of the great work the Gallatin Valley YMCA is doing in their community to lift the spirits of children.

CLICK HERE to learn more about their literacy program and the many other ways they’re helping make their community a better place.

Lift the Spirit Days

At DEMDACO, our Mission is to strive to lift the spirit in consumers, in each other, and in our communities. One of the ways we do this is with our Lift the Spirit Days.

Each year, every DEMDACO colleague has 5 paid days to help lift the spirit in their community. Some of these days are more organized with one of our partner organizations, but many of our colleagues have their own ways they like to use their Lift the Spirit Days.

Here is Paul Morrison, our Customer Service Manager, sharing some of the ways he’s used his Lift the Spirit Days.

2018 Lift the Spirit Awards

Cobblestone Cottage – Santa Clarita, CA

At DEMDACO, we strive to Lift the Spirit in consumers, in each other and in our communities.  This is our mission.  We are always looking for others who share a similar mission and view of business.

Walk on Water – Longwood, FL

Each year, our OneCoast sales partners nominate retailers that are lifting the spirit in their communities for a Lift the Spirit Award.  The awards go to retailers that best demonstrate our mission: Lift the Spirit. This past December the winners were announced at the National Sales and Training Meeting. DEMDACO makes a donation to each winner’s charity of choice.

We are grateful for all of our retail partners, but want to congratulate and say a special word of thanks to our 2018 Lift the Spirit Award winners!

Three Bears General Store – Pigeon Forge, TN

Thank you for the work you’re doing in our communities.  You help make the world a better place!

Cobblestone Cottage in Santa Clarita, CA   Owners: Kathy Allie and Jamee Brandt
Mahaska Drug in Oskaloosa, IA   Owner: Jane Nicholson
Apple Barrel Country Store in Schoharie, NY  Owner: Sue Loden
Three Bears General Store in Pigeon Forge, TN  Owners: Bill & Fran DeLozier
Walk On Water in Longwood, FL   Owner: Roxanne Mann

Apple Barrel Country Store – Schoharie, NY




Rightfully Sewn: Keep Moving the Needle

Rightfully Sewn is one of DEMDACO’s community partners here in Kansas City. They provide seamstress training for at-risk women in need of job skills. They’re doing great work to change lives and influence an industry.  We’re grateful to be able to partner with them in this work.

Rightfully Sewn’s mission is to provide seamstress training for at-risk women so they can thrive in a specialized workforce that will re-establish Kansas City as an epicenter of garment manufacturing, while at the same time, propel Kansas City fashion designers to market so they can supply the burgeoning demand for high-quality, American-produced garments.

Find out more about Rightfully Sewn and ways you can get involved by CLICKING HERE

Lifting the Spirits of Homeless Veterans

The Veterans Community Project is one of our community partners doing great work here in Kansas City.  VCP provides multiple services for homeless veterans to help give them a restart in life. VCP is best known for its tiny house village that provides homeless veterans with transitional housing.

Their Mission is:  The Veterans Community Project is dedicated to supporting every man and woman who took the oath for our country. We are determined to make a difference in the lives of homeless Veterans, a task accomplished by the community for the community.

We are building a specialized community of tiny-homes and onsite services to provide housing stability and address the underlying cause of the Veteran’s homelessness.

DEMDACO is grateful for the opportunity to partner with organizations like the Veterans Community Project who share a common goal in working to make the world a little bit better.  You can learn more about the Veterans Community Project by clicking HERE.