The Agape North Story
Designed for you. Created for others.
Since its inception in 2010, the Agape North mission has remained focused on the phrase above, particularly the last two words – for others. The son of a pastor, founder Joe Williams was raised with a passion for service. He began his career in medical sales, and though he experienced steady success, he always felt that he should be doing more to partner with his own community. He struggled with the best way to give and tried various service opportunities, but nothing filled the void.
Then while volunteering with the youth at his church, something sparked. The youth were preparing for their summer mission trips, which included a T-shirt, as many youth-based activities do. “This got me thinking,” says Williams, “what if people could give back by buying something they would be buying anyway?”
Within a year, Agape North, a private-label clothing company was up and running – out of Williams’ garage. The thought was simple: buy something necessary, like clothing, and in-turn provide something necessary, like uniforms, to students in need. As he passed out the polos at Agape North’s first giving day, Williams realized that we were providing so much more than a shirt. The physical item holds a lot of weight, to be sure, but for many of these kids, receiving something new from someone they had never met meant knowing that people cared for them. It was then that Williams decided that the process shouldn’t just be about giving – it should be about building relationships.
As it stands today, Agape North is a custom clothing company with a giving model built in. “Many of our clients want to give back and partner with our community, but they just don’t know how,” states Williams. “Agape North makes it easy for them to give and make an impact. We invite them to be a part of the giving process, meet the students, and plug in to the community.” Involving our clients in the giving process has proven key and in some cases has led to deeper partnerships between our clients and the schools they support through Agape North.
To date, Agape North has grown into a team of 10 staff, 250 clients, 90 partner schools, and over 70,000 donated shirts.