While it may not be mistaken for Santa’s Workshop, UTEC’s Woodworking social enterprise program right now is just as busy as any real (or imagined) workshop. And the reason for all this activity is simple: cutting boards. Beautiful, high quality cutting boards made by our youth are now being sold through a number of different venues, and the demand continues to grow during this holiday season.
While everyone agrees that these handmade boards – carefully constructed by our youth from 100% salvaged east coast hardwoods – are beautiful and make for a great holiday gift, no one expected the demand to be as high as it is.
All of this busy activity, however, would not be happening without a couple key corporate partners who believe in our youth and embrace UTEC’s mission. The ongoing support of these partners plays a critical role in UTEC’s effort to help its youth carve out a better future:
- Whole Foods Market is now carrying our cutting boards in 12 of its stores in its North Atlantic Region.
- Keiver-Willard Lumber Corp. provides us with all the east coast hardwood scraps needed for the boards, at no cost.
- Preserve Products offers online sales of our cutting boards, with all proceeds returning directly to UTEC.
- CTP (Conover Tuttle Pace) provides pro bono creative services highlighting UTEC’s mission, including this one-minute video (click here) featuring our Woodworking program, which will also be shown at Whole Foods Market.
In addition to these critical partners, our cutting boards are also being sold at several nearby retail locations:
- At the Concord Cheese Shop
- At Red & White Market in Lowell’s Mill No. 5.
- At COOL (Cultural Organization of Lowell) on Merrimack St.
- And at Café UTEC
So, if you’re looking for a great holiday gift that truly helps carve out a better future for our young people – please #chooseUTEC.
Source: Lowell Sun