‘Brews & Shoes’ Event to Benefit First Day Shoe Fund

KALAMAZOO—First Day Shoe Fund is excited to announce the return of its “Brews & Shoes” event on Wednesday, May 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arcadia Brewing Company, 701 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness for First Day Shoe Fund’s mission, generate additional supporters and volunteers, and collect monetary and shoe donations in support of future work in the community.


Admission to the event is a minimum donation of $10 or a new pair of athletic shoes per person. Preferred shoe sizes are youth size 11 through adult size 10.


Event attendees will receive one drink ticket and light appetizers.


Each year, First Day Shoe Fund works to distribute a new pair of athletic shoes to children in Kalamazoo, Comstock, and WoodsEdge schools who qualify for free or reduced lunch.


“Our vision at First Day Shoe Fund is to ensure that all students start school off on equal footing,” said executive director Heather Haigh. “We had a great turnout for last fall’s Brews & Shoes with overwhelming donations and attendance, which certainly helped our mission. We are looking forward to another successful event this year as well.”


Board president Ann Gunia said, “The Brews & Shoes event is a fun opportunity to spread the word about First Day Shoe Fund and our work in the community while enjoying an evening at Arcadia.”


Since 2006, First Day Shoe Fund has distributed more than 13,000 pairs of new athletic shoes to qualifying students in Kalamazoo County.


Registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, First Day Shoe Fund is funded by generous donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals. All donations are tax-deductible.


Those interested in volunteering, hosting a new shoe drive, or supporting the program with a tax deductible donation are asked to visit www.firstdayshoefund.org, follow the organization’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/firstdayshoefund, follow the organization on Twitter @FirstDayShoe, or email first­dayshoefund@gmail.com.


Donations to First Day Shoe Fund may be made via PayPal at www.firstdayshoefund.org or by mailing a check or money order payable to: First Day Shoe Fund, P.O. Box 2751, Kalamazoo, MI 49001.

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Brews & Shoes – 2015 Invitation

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2015 Brews & Shoes Invitation

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
5 – 7 p.m.
Arcadia Brewing in Kalamazoo, MI

First Day Shoe Fund thanks past officers, welcomes new officers

Welcome president Ann Gunia, vice president Angie Rohrer, secretary Yolonda Lavender, and treasurer Lucy Matthews.

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Wanted: Volunteer Coordinator

In collaboration with the Executive Director, the Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, training, organizing and managing volunteers for the First Day Shoe Fund (FDSF).  The Volunteer Coordinator is a non-paid position.  This position is seasonal and part-time, the most eventful times occur between May – October each year.  The Volunteer Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director of FDSF.


Speaks and networks with others regarding volunteer opportunities with FDSF Reviews applications for volunteer positions Interviews/screens volunteer applicants Maintains an active and organized Excel database of volunteers, including volunteer contact information Arranges or provides for volunteer training, if needed Matches volunteers with appropriate job Schedules volunteers for jobs (days/times/duties) in coordination with the Executive Director Keeps accurate tracking records of individual volunteers and their time spent working Works with the Executive Director and Program Committee to maintain volunteer job descriptions and volunteer manual Gives “TLC” and appropriate feedback to volunteers about their job performance Interfaces and helps coordinate activities with local community groups and shoe distribution partners


Experience working with volunteers, and personal experience as a volunteer, is desirable Public speaking skills, good communication, and community involvement a plus Good computer skills, knowledge of Excel and spreadsheet programs Ability to work effectively with staff and public from diverse backgrounds Excellent organizational skills necessary


Heather Haigh, Executive Director FDSF (773)793-8633 cell (269) 271-5527 work


Individual’s home and on-site at schools for summer shoe distributions

New Executive Director

heatherREVWe are very excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Heather Haigh, to the First Day Shoe Fund! Heather has over 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector. Most recently, Heather served as President …of the Board of Trustees at Kalamazoo Country Day School and currently serves as Past President and Chair of the Strategic Planning and Head of School Evaluation/ Support Committees. Heather has worked at Gryphon Place as a Suicide Prevention Specialist in the Kalamazoo County middle and high schools. She has extensive volunteer commitments with Meals on Wheels Senior Services and the YWCA.

She and her husband, Todd Haigh, have two daughters that keep them very busy. When not working or volunteering, you can find them on the soccer field, at the basketball stadium, softball diamond or swimming pool cheering and supporting the girls’ teams!


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