This blog entry was written by 2011 Antioch Summer Intern, Amelia Rabelhofer. Amelia graduated in the spring of 2010 from University of Tulsa with a BA in Arts Management & Business. Over the summer she hopes to raise awareness in Central Oregon about Kilns College and Bookstore.
Walking into The Kilns for the first time 5 weeks ago, I was filled with excitement. Of course it was the first day of the Antioch Internship program, but that was shadowed by my enthusiasm to finally experience The Kilns. I had heard great words from others as I told them I would be spending my summer in this building and made it a priority to read up on it. No words, written or spoken, can fully explain the delight and energy of this place.
The Kilns is no ordinary bookstore. Yes, there is a delicious coffee bar. A myriad of books line the shelves. T-shirts and jewelry displayed on tables. But there is much more behind it. Every product in the store has meaning. A purpose.
With a focus on human rights, The Kilns sells items that teach about justice and give back money to humanitarian organizations that are doing good around the world. This type of bookstore and boutique allows the buyer to be a part of something greater than the simple act of buying a new t-shirt or pair of TOMS.
Jedidiah Clothing is one of the t-shirt lines currently sold at The Kilns. They are a humanitarian-based apparel brand aspiring to cultivate change with a mission to use sales as a vehicle to provide care, support and financial resources to those in need. Every quarter they pick a nonprofit in need and focus designs and sales around it.
Right now, Jedidiah is spotlighting Invisible Children, an organization full of story-tellers that use the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest running war in Africa. Invisible Children implemented cutting edge education and economic programs in Uganda. Jedidiah makes it their mission to support organizations like Invisible Children through their creativity and passion.
It’s inspiring to think Jedidiah Clothing started as a single idea. One person, one idea can help change the world. And we get to be a part of that change. It’s not always our first inclination to give up time and energy to support organizations, but by shopping with a purpose we can give some of our resources to support justice around the world.
Stop by The Kilns this week and check out other great products in stock, including: Philanthropi Cambia Blend Coffee, Rise Up Clothing, TOMS Shoes and various books on human rights, history and religion.