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Freedom Joins Social Enterprises to Test New Validated Social Impact Seal!

Freedom has been selected to join and test the new validated Social Impact Seal! So, what does that mean?

SocialVentures, the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio, and Measurement Resources Company have joined forced to develop and launch a unique, innovative pilot program on behalf of the rapidly growing social enterprise sector, to validate the social impact they communicate to community stakeholders, consumers, and investors.

B Labs and its Certified B Corp program have gained significant traction over the years as a way to communicate businesses’ transparency as it relates to their commitment to ethical business practices, as well as their commitment to using environmental sustainability. Similarly, Conscious Capitalism is also trending among corporations examining their 360-degree impact, and exploring how business decisions, relationships and policies manifest in both intended and unintended consequences throughout their supply chains, their workforce, and the communities they serve.

But until now, there has not been a single organization to oversee and offer an affordable equivalent to social enterprises seeking to have their social impact validated by an independent third party. This has become increasingly problematic for social enterprises, as well as for consumers and impact investors, who want to know that their purchases and investments are supporting the social impact efforts that social enterprises are claiming they achieve.

Freedom a la Cart + 12 other social enterprise pilot program participants have successfully completed the process to demonstrate that our social impact is legitimate. And now, our organization will begin to market test a new seal that communicates this third-party validation. As shown in the image above, this new seal will appear throughout our marketing materials.

Check out the other 12 social enterprises participating in the social impact validation pilot program:

Just Go For It

Teenage girl raises nearly $5,000 for Freedom a la Cart


Never underestimate the power of a woman on a mission! Even a young woman of 16-years old.  Grace Welty, a 16-year-old junior at Westerville Central High School, wanted to do something to support Freedom a la Cart’s mission to empower survivors of human trafficking after discovering the severity of the sex trafficking issue in Central Ohio.


“I know that [sex trafficking] is a really big issue,” Grace said. “I feel that people know about it, but don’t really take the time to take action.”


Grace approached Freedom a la Cart with her desire to raise money for the organization through the game of golf. Her plan was to encourage friends, family and neighbors to pledge a dollar amount for each par she earned throughout the 2018 golf season.  Grace ended the season with 98 pars. Most people pledged $1 per par, and others decided to give a flat donation on top of their par donation. Together, Grace collected $4,864.50 for Freedom a la Cart.(Even more than printed on the over-sized check!)


Grace said her dedication to the cause made it easy to raise the money.  “It motivated me more to ask people. Everyone I asked said, yes,” Grace said.


Although she hoped to raise a lot of money, Grace says she never expected to raise more than $1,000, so she was pleasantly surprised by the result.

Grace’s advice for anyone who wants to raise money for Freedom a la Cart is to “just go for it!”


“I didn’t think that I would raise this much money, but even if I didn’t, it’s still making an impact,” she said. “You can get the word out, and I think it’s really good to just go for it because you never know what can happen.”


Meet Carissa

Hello Freedom Followers! Meet Carissa – Freedom a la Cart’s new Sales and Marketing Manager.

I’m Carissa and am very grateful and proud to be a new member of the Freedom A La Cart Team! In my new role, I’ll be managing catering sales and handling social media and marketing. Since starting at Freedom, I wake up with excitement and energy to start my day (which is a new feeling for me since I am not a morning person). My favorite part so far about working for Freedom is being part of a team again. I have enjoyed my first month exponentially while getting to know everyone who makes up this small but mighty group!  I figured the best way to introduce myself to all the Freedom followers is to play a quick Q&A game, so here we go!

Where did you grow up? I have had the privilege of hanging out in the Cbus since I was born (29 years to be exact.)

Who is your favorite person in the world?  My Mom.  I have a very small family but she has been the most influential person in my life and she is absolutely incredible.

What is your favorite thing to make for dinner?  Friend Egg Sandwiches.  I love breakfast for dinner, and it is one of the only things I can make (main reason). Thankfully I have a roommate who is an amazing cook; and I’ve already learned some very useful tips since helping out in the Freedom kitchen!

What is your favorite TV Show to binge watch? The Office, I love every character!

What is one thing you wish you could do?  Whistle. I honestly just can’t figure it out. After 29 years, I have come to terms it probably isn’t going to happen.

What is your favorite item on the Freedom a la Cart menu? Hmmmm… well I have a major sweet tooth, so I would say any of the sweets we have!  I love the Peanut Butter Cookies and the Coconut Macaroons.  As for savory items, I would choose the Life Salad. It is so good and flavorful!


” I am really excited about the opportunity to work for Freedom. It’s already been so rewarding and so much fun! I look forward to being a part of the exciting growth and development of Freedom a la Cart and can’t wait to personally meet all of you amazing people that support our business and mission!”

support ohio senate bill 4

Freedom Supports Ohio Senate Bill 4

The Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition has been following legislation for Ohio Senate Bill 4 and Ohio House Bill 56 and are asking us to support Senate Bill 4.

Ohio Senate Bill 4 focuses on helping sex trafficking survivors expunge criminal records from when they were trafficked. While Ohio House Bill 56 has the same intent as SB 4 and similar language, it is much more restrictive than the version of SB 4 that passed the Ohio Senate, which means only a very restricted class of sex trafficking survivors will be able to expunge their criminal records if HB 56 passes.

This leaves a number of sex trafficking survivors out in the cold – quite literally, as they will continue to struggle to secure housing and employment with their outstanding criminal records.

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Tawnya celebrating 3 years at Freedom

Meet Tawnya

The amazing Tawnya Dunaway is celebrating her 3-year Freedomversary this week, so we thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on her time at Freedom [Freedom a la Cart].

How did you find Freedom?
After I was released from prison, I was living in a homeless shelter and found a place at Freedom a la Cart. Freedom gave me a stepping stone to get back on my feet. Having the support of everyone, helped we realize I wasn’t alone. It’s a job, but it’s also a support system. Resources are available. It’s really helped me be able to gain traction where I wasn’t able to before. I always fell back off because I would be in different jobs where people were using or partying or going out and drinking and everything. I don’t have to worry about that here. It’s not even an option. It’s not an issue.

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