Collection Dates: September 11-25
Our church is collecting new and gently-worn shoes for adults and children. The shoe drive allows the Golden Meadows Elementary PTA to raise funds for their school where 92% of the students are considered to be economically disadvantaged. Funds2Orgs, a social enterprise, will purchase the shoes, pass them to entrepreneurs in developing countries and they will sell them at affordable prices to local people in those countries.
This Mission Project Touches People in 3 Ways:
1. It provides funding for Golden Meadows, a school needing financial help.
2. It enables entrepreneurs in developing countries to make a living wage.
3. It makes shoes available at affordable prices in those developing countries.
There are two receptacles for the shoes. One is in the Atrium outside the Worship Center and the other is near the front door of the MAC.
Please rubber band shoes together. No boxes needed.
Additional Information on Funds2Orgs
Funds2Orgs is a social enterprise that partners with nonprofits, schools, churches, civic groups, businesses, and others to help them plan and implement shoe drive fundraising campaigns. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries to provide them with inventory to sell to make a living wage for themselves and their families. Because of systemic poverty, few work opportunities provide sustainable incomes, so many must create opportunities for selling merchandise and products in their communities, including shoes. Why aren’t shoes given away in developing nations to help people living in poverty? As a social enterprise, Funds2Orgs seeks to be socially responsible. If Funds2Orgs gave the shoes away to people in developing nations, it would destroy commerce, which does not benefit the people the shoes are meant to help. Also, some developing countries have laws that prevent products from being given away precisely for this reason. Therefore, Funds2Orgs sells the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers for a minimal investment by micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations, supporting commerce; they then resell the footwear and make a profit.