SHOES FOR SOCIAL GOOD
We are asking for the Public’s Support via donations of lightly worn and new shoes.
New York Sash is supporting this Rotary campaign by hosting a donation box in our showroom! Stop by and donate your old shoes!
The shoes that we collect will go to Funds2org in Florida where the shoes will be cleaned and sorted. Then, the shoes will be distributed to start-up micro-enterprises in countries like Haiti and Ghana. The first shipment to each new business will be free and the business owners will be given instructions and support on how to make their businesses successful.
The micro-enterprises in developing countries are instrumental in efforts to help raise people out of poverty. The shoes bridge a gap of thousands of miles and cultural differences and help people from our community connect and make a difference in the lives of many people across the globe.
Donations accepted include all types of shoes, boots, slippers, sandals, sneakers, and soccer cleats. It does not include specialty sport equipment like ski boots or ice skates.
WHY SHOES: The Story of Micro-Enterprise
According to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015, Textiles, including shoes and clothing, represented 16.03M tons and 65.7% of content in landfills. In the U.S., each individual produces 4.48 pounds of daily waste, which includes shoes that are thrown away.
The gently worn, used and new shoes that are collected by the thousands of partners of the Funds2Orgs Group shoe drive fundraising brands are consolidated and shipped to many micro-enterprise partners around the world, where they are sold to small business owners for a low price.
The Funds2Orgs Group seeks to provide an opportunity for people to help themselves out of poverty. We do not just give away the shoes, as this would decimate the local market for shoes and clothing and destroy local jobs. Additionally, some developing countries, particularly in Africa, do not permit apparel to be given away.
It is for these reasons that the Funds2Orgs Group promotes commerce and business for small business owners. Shoes are sold by these small business owners in communities in need of proper footwear, at an inexpensive price. Additionally, micro entrepreneurs create a path out of poverty for themselves in countries where there are limited, if any, job opportunities that pay a living wage.