Better Together in Our Communities
At Noonday Collection, you will find a number of women in the Ambassador community working to elevate the message of “Better Together” to new levels in their own neighborhoods. While creating a global marketplace for our Artisan Partners, they also focus on helping local organizations, or individuals, raise both financial support and visibility for various causes. Noonday’s Ambassadors partner with their Hostesses to make an impact both globally and locally. They work to elevate our Artisan Partners out of poverty, while also helping change the lives of people in their own neighborhoods.
Photo: Samantha Bender
Noonday Collection’s Ambassador Opportunity empowers women to make a substantial impact in their own lives. It allows them to pay off debt, provide for children with special needs, send kids to camp, and contribute to the overall financial well-being of their families. The opportunity also allows some Ambassadors to donate a portion of their commission, enabling them to give in ways unimaginable before joining Noonday.
Ambassador Christine Rector, from Bellevue, Nebraska, is one of these women and has seen her Hostesses and customers embrace the idea of multiplying their impact. She writes, “It has been an inspiration to my Hostesses and customers, but even more to myself. I know that connecting as women really works; we can make a difference!”
Ambassador Rebecca Geddings, from Lexington, South Carolina, recently shared about her Adoption Trunk Show for Jennifer and Anthony Giugliano, who were working to bring home their adopted son from Africa. Rebecca writes,
“They longed so deeply to have him home that Jennifer put her wedding band and engagement ring up for sale. I was deeply moved hearing her heart on the phone… and was so happy I could offer to donate a portion of my commission from their show to increase the impact and help bring them a little closer to bringing their little guy home.”
The Giugliano Family during their adoption journey. Photo: Anna Weaver, Minted Photography
After hearing other Ambassadors talk about their experiences with donating commissions, Lauren Sanders, a wife and mother of five who recently relocated from Georgia to Arlington, Massachusetts, decided to give it a try this past spring. Acknowledging that Noonday is a great source of income for her family, she’s unable to give away her entire commission regularly. However, Lauren would definitely consider doing it again because of the opportunity to become invested in her community. “Donating our commission,” she said, “even if it’s just one show, is a big leap of faith, but an exciting one! It also echoes what Noonday truly represents. We are a community that helps one another.”
Deirdre [right] with fellow Ambassador Lauren Sanders. Photo: Laura Smith
As far as my own Noonday journey, I became an Ambassador as a ministry, wanting to donate my entire commission to organizations doing great work in my community. Over this past year, my Hostesses and I have given money to non-profits like YoungLife and Navigators, helped raise support for two missionaries working with Syrian refugees in Greece, off-set medical expenses for a young woman undergoing a lung transplant, supported an outreach ministry in our homeless community, provided scholarships for kids at a special needs camp and helped to grant a child’s wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We’ve worked to create a community that is engaged and motivated to impact the world at every level. But, we’ve also formed a sisterhood here in our own community by shouldering our challenges together to empower and encourage one another.
Our Ambassador community is filled with women looking for opportunities to help encourage and serve their communities while creating a marketplace for our Artisan Partners. Each of us acts as a thread intricately woven together like a tapestry. The integrity of its creation depends on the support each thread provides the other, the beauty of its design reflected in the uniqueness we each bring. I am incredibly thankful that our Ambassadors, Hostesses and customers are working together to create an enduring tapestry focused on changing lives at home and around the world. We are most certainly “Better Together.”
Meet Deirdre Catlett
Deirdre Catlett is a wife and homeschooling mom. When not balancing the responsibilities of educating her children and being a Noonday Collection Ambassador, she is pursuing her Masters at Dallas Theological Seminary and mentoring young women. She is a firm believer that every voice matters and works tirelessly to make sure each one of those voices is heard. She and her husband live in Portland, Maine with their four kids.