First Day Shoe Fund is able to continue giving back to our community because of the generosity of individuals like you and local organizations. The vast majority of shoes we give out to children each year are purchased using monetary donations from supporters like you. Whether you can give your time to volunteer, lend your expertise to help guide a committee (or even the board), or simply make a financial donation, we are incredibly grateful for each and every giving gesture. Together, we can ensure that all children start school on equal footing.


All donations are tax-deductible, and we have 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Because of this, we can stretch those dollars much farther! There are three ways to donate:

Donate Online

Click the link below to make a donation online using your credit/debit card or PayPal account:

Donate via Paypal

Check Or Money Order

Send a check or money order, made payable to First Day Shoe Fund, to:

First Day Shoe Fund
PO Box 2751
Kalamazoo, MI 49003

Donate Stock Online

Stock Donator provides a secure, fast and simple way to gift stock to First Day Shoe Fund. Stock Donator takes care of all the paperwork and will let you know when the online donation has been received and disbursed.

Donate Stock To First Day Shoe Fund


First Day Shoe Fund needs volunteers throughout the year. Click here to sign up to receive updates about volunteer opportunities or contact us and let us know where you’d love to lend a hand!

Distribution Events
Volunteers do everything from checking in/out students, to fitting them for and helping them select shoes.

Warehouse volunteers help us complete inventory and assist in the fall distribution event by preparing shoes for pickup by Kalamazoo Communities in Schools Coordinators.

Committee Support
First Day Shoe Fund operates thanks to several committees, including: Fund Development, Finance, Marketing/PR, and Program Development.

Board Member
We have an active and engaged working board, and are currently seeking interested board members.


Does your company or community organization want to sponsor a local classroom, school, or event in support of First Day Shoe Fund? Learn about simple ways to make a big impact through our new sponsorship program here.

To learn about becoming a sponsor, please complete this contact form and we will be in touch with you. Thank you for your consideration!

Other Ways To Give Back

Corporate Giving
Channel your inner (friendly) competitor and host a fundraiser at work. We see a lot of “Casual For A Cause” donations, but the possibilities are endless!

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to First Day Shoe Fund. It’s a win-win! Bookmark it and support us every time you shop!

Attend Our Events
Attending events, like the popular Brews & Shoes, is a great way to support the organization and efforts of our board and volunteers who help coordinate them. Plus, you’re supporting local businesses! Find upcoming events here.

Donate New Shoes
So you walked by the clearance shoe rack while shopping, immediately thought of First Day Shoe Fund, and filled up your cart with shoes for an incredible deal? Air five, bargain hunter! We’d be happy to coordinate a pick up or drop off; contact us for arrangements.