I dropped the ball on writing about this sooner but I wanted to get this out there anyway to raise awareness about this organization.
Steve and Kerry are doing a shoe drive at Fitness Your Weigh for Soles4Souls but the drop off cut off is early Saturday. I know I am going to try and get there Saturday with some shoes- no pressure!
Anyway, it’s such a worthy cause that I wanted to share anyway so you’ll know for the future or you can give on-line.
How Soles4Souls Achieves Its Anti-poverty Mission
Founded in 2006, Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.
Soles4Souls distributes shoes and clothing in two ways. Most new items collected primarily from corporations and retailers are given directly to people in need, both in the U.S. and overseas. The organization has relationships with several of the world’s leading apparel brands, which provides Soles4Souls with new but non-marketable overstocks, returns, discontinued models and other shoes or clothing items.
At the same time, Soles4Souls receives millions of articles of used shoes and clothing that have been collected by individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners. After sorting items in its national warehouse system, Soles4Souls typically sells the used shoes and clothing, as well as some new items allocated by manufacturers, to carefully selected micro-enterprise organizations. These both private and non-profit companies are contracted to provide shipping, financing, inventory, training and other support to ultra-small businesses in countries like Haiti where there are virtually no jobs to generate personal income.
Through the collection and sale of used (and new) clothing and shoes, Soles4Souls helps create self-sustaining jobs that generate desperately needed revenues throughout those communities. The sale of footwear and apparel to support micro-jobs also provides the majority of funding to sustain Soles4Souls operations and further expand its donations of new shoes and clothing.
Areas in Need
Soles4Souls was given birth out of responding to natural disasters both domestically and internationally. Our commitment to disaster relief continues to be a primary focus of our organization. Your ongoing donations allow us to keep a “ready inventory” that can respond quickly to any disaster relief. While the U.S. was fortunate to not have a catastrophic disaster the magnitude of Katrina in 2007, our country still had an abundance of crisis across our nation. From the wildfires in Southern California, floods in the Mid-West, and the tornados in the Southeast, Soles4Souls were able to respond quickly and efficiently with needed footwear. Your ongoing support makes it possible for us to position ourselves to continue to meet the needs of others during their darkest hours.
Micro-Enterprise & Micro-jobs
Soles4Souls receives millions of articles of used shoes and clothing that have been collected by individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners. After sorting items in its national warehouse system, Soles4Souls sells the used and allowed new shoes and clothing to carefully selected micro-enterprise organizations. These private and non-profit companies are contracted by Soles4Souls to provide shipping, financing, inventory, training and other support to ultra-small businesses in countries like Haiti where there are virtually no jobs to generate personal income.
Through the collection and sale of clothing and shoes, Soles4Souls helps create self-sustaining jobs that generate desperately needed revenues throughout those communities. The sale of footwear and apparel to support micro-jobs also provides the majority of funding to sustain Soles4Souls operations and further expand its donations of new shoes and clothing.
One of the focuses in our global efforts centers on orphanages throughout Central and South America, including Haiti, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Guatemala, and Tanzania, in Africa. These abandoned and orphaned children cherish a pair of shoes more than something to eat or even a new toy. In many countries, a pair of shoes is part of the required school uniform in order to attend school and receive a necessary education, the basis for escaping the grasp of poverty. It is estimated that 1 billion children live in poverty without access to basic necessities like shoes and running water. Help us change that number with your support.
Other Partners We Support
Imagine being without life’s basic necessities – food, clothing, and shelter. It happens in our own backyard. Many shelters across the U.S. do an excellent job providing temporary shelter and hot meals. However, one of their greatest challenges is providing quality footwear to those that walk the streets 365 days a year. Help Soles4Souls continue to provide the homeless quality footwear from the Florida Keys to Portland, Oregon.
Women Domestic Abuse Shelters
Soles4Souls continues to expand its network of supporting Women Domestic Abuse Shelters across the U.S. These women (and their children) usually begin to rebuild their lives from nothing. Low heel shoes in black, brown, and navy are wonderful as it provides these women conservative footwear needed during their job search.
Appalachia Mountains Region
From Lynch, Kentucky to Bluefield, West Virginia the need for basic items is staggering. The request for new and gently worn footwear is always in high demand. This is one region where we consistently see children that do not have one adequate pair of shoes for school. Shoes are designated for this region approximately once per quarter.
Inner City Hospitals
Kansas City, Missouri, Birmingham, Alabama, and Nashville, Tennessee: Many trauma patients’ personal items are damaged beyond use due to their injuries. Many hospitals can provide clothing but one area of constant need is footwear for discharged patients. Soles4Souls are working with a number of hospitals in order to meet this basic need as individuals begin the recovery process.
If you want more information go to www.soles4souls.org