An internship with TOMS Shoes. A bag of discarded bullet casings. A $200 startup investment. A vision for helping children in need. The HALF UNITED story could begin at any number of starting points. But ask brother-sister founders—Christian and Carmin Black—where it really starts, and it always goes back to their parents and an upbringing that nurtured a passion for people, design, charity, and entrepreneurship.
With a mother who owned restaurants and designed merchandising concepts for major fashion brands and a father who ministered in churches around the globe, the seemingly opposite worlds of fashion and philanthropy converged in their home, serving as a constant inspiration to the siblings. So in Wilmington, NC, in 2009, when Carmin left a promising job in journalism and Christian wrapped up high school, they began working together to create a brand that combined these two loves. Fashion and Giving—two halves that united can make a difference. The vision of HALF UNITED was born.
BUT WHY THE NAME HALF UNITED?
Our supporters are doing their HALF by UNITING together to make a lasting change in the lives of children around the globe. United we stand but divided we fall!
WHERE YOU FIGHT HUNGER
From funding after school meal programs, to packing meals for the hungry, to planting and maintaining community gardens, to responding to natural disasters in the USA, at HALF UNITED we are consistently working to feed children right here at home.
HALF UNITED is a funding partner of The Food Bank, a volunteer partner at Mother Hubbards Cupboard, and recently completed a partnership with Port City Java that provided $13,191 to feed children locally! That's enough to provide more than 50,000 meals for children in need!
In Haiti, we work not only with children, but with their families as well, empowering parents by providing them with the jobs they need to provide for their children. We work with Haiti Made, an organziation that employs Haitians full time. We believe that people in need don't need hand outs, rather they need life empowering jobs to provide for themselves and their familes, long-term.
We have partnered with Elevating Ministries to aid in funding a feeding program that feeds more than 5,000 Haitian students a day! Your HU purchases have funded the construction of numerous bread ovens and fresh grain that is used to feed children in need!
HOW IT WORKS
WHERE IT'S MADE
HALF UNITED metal goods are proudly manufactured in the USA at A&R casting in Los Angeles, California. Once manufactered, our team of hand makers assembles and puts finishing touches on our products at our headquarters in Wilmington, NC.
Chain used to create HALF UNITED jewelry is manufactured and assembled at Garlan Chain Co. in Attleboro, MA.
HALF UNITED apparel is screen printed in our hometown of Wilmington, NC by our friends at Seaside Silk Screening.
In an effort to provide jobs and empower families in Haiti, we employ Haitian artisans to make all of our beaded hunger fighting styles.