Salad Bowl USA is, in part, a political project. We believe that ethnic and national differences of hyphenated Americans are to be celebrated; we are not just one out of many, we are stronger together.
The majority of our customers are people who became Americans in the course of their lives. The census designates these naturalized Americans as foreign-born. Salad Bowl USA, therefore, aims to make America a better place for those who, like our founder and Immigrant in Chief, were born in another country and made the U.S. their new home.
To that end, Salad Bowl USA supports projects that help newcomers to the United States. We donate 10 percent of our profits to organizations whose mission revolves around assistance to immigrants and refugees.
The first beneficiary of our charitable giving program is Refugee Center Online. Ten percent of profits from sales made at our website in March 2017 will go toward supporting the Center’s mission: to “use technology to help refugees and displaced individuals build new lives in the United States.”
Like Salad Bowl USA, the Refugee Center Online is based in Portland, Oregon, operates online, and “values diversity, education, and collaboration.” Similarly, the Center “respects and celebrates refugees’ wealth of knowledge and life experience.”
We identify with the Center’s vision of “a world of peace and justice in which refugee resettlement is unnecessary” and their work ensuring that “refugees are empowered to lead fulfilling and dignified lives, thereby strengthening our communities and our common future.”
The Refugee Center Online is a “comprehensive online center that houses all of the resources and information” for refugees and immigrants to overcome structural barriers to effective integration into the American society, so they can “build successful lives for themselves and their families here in America.” The Center believes that successful integration “strengthens our economy, makes our communities more resilient, and enhances our democracy.” Unique in the U.S., the Center works with resettlement agencies and other organizations around the country, supporting and complementing their work.
As part of the collaboration with Refugee Center Online, we are giving away three t-shirts. The winners will receive a t-shirt with the flag map design of their country.
To enter, simply leave a comment on this article answering the question: “Where are you or your ancestors from?” The answer should be the country whose flag you want on your t-shirt if you win.
Entries to this Salad Bowl USA-sponsored giveaway are open through Friday, March 31, 11:59 pm PST.
The giveaway is open to anyone currently in the United States (we only ship to U.S. addresses), except employees and relatives of employees of Salad Bowl USA and Refugee Center Online. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. All entries will be verified, assigned a number, and entered into a drawing, with the three winners selected using a random number generator. All email addresses will also be added to our list for news, updates, and announcements (you may unsubscribe at any time). Winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen.
You can increase your odds of winning with a bonus entry. Like Salad Bowl USA and Refugee Center Online on Facebook, and leave a comment below with your full first and last name as it appears on your Facebook profile. You can earn the bonus entry even if you already like either page.