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KALAMAZOO, MI – First Day Shoe Fund, a local nonprofit that believes all children should start school on equal footing, is excited to announce that Andrea Macklin will be the new Executive Director of the growing, 13 year-old organization.
Andrea has been active in Kalamazoo’s nonprofit community for nearly a decade. She has experience in networking, management and marketing and has twice been hired to create or revamp a large volunteer program. She is passionate about equity and community and is a recent participant in the OnePlace Nonprofit Leader Academy.
“The Board and I are pleased to welcome Andrea to First Day Shoe Fund,” said Board President, Jud Hoff. “Her experience working with volunteers and her deep connections in our community will be tremendous assets for our organization. As we expand our mission, ensuring all children start school on equal footing, we are counting on Andrea’s leadership to help us reach our goal of county-wide coverage.”
“The First Day Shoe Fund meets such a basic need—one that impacts so many areas of a child’s life”, said Executive Director, Andrea Macklin. “I’m honored and excited to join the organization as we grow into the next phase and continue to ensure that all Kalamazoo kids can start on equal footing.”
Andrea spends her time outside of work as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, reading, gardening and fixing up her 100 year old house in the Edison neighborhood with her husband, Connor, an interventionist at Paramount Charter Academy and freelance photographer.
We’re Hiring an Executive Director! Although we are sad to see John Curran leave First Day Shoe Fund, we are really excited to see all he will do in his new role as Chief of Staff for Senator elect, Sean McCann! If you are interested in joining First Day Shoe Fund in our mission to provide new, athletic shoes to kids in Kalamazoo County, check out our job posting at OnePlace.
Please join First Day Shoe Fund for Dine to Donate!
Latitude 42 will donate 20% of all food sales at their Portage Road location between 5:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, December 4th. They also donate $1 for every slice of cheesecake sold in the month of December. Come get some great food and support First Day Shoe Fund while you eat. Thank you to our hosts at Latitude 42!
Latitude 42 is located at 7842 Portage Rd., and is family-friendly. Latitude 42 has also committed to donate $1 for each slice of cheesecake sold in the month of December. Who can turn down guilt-free cheesecake? You can RSVP and invite your friends to our Facebook event by clicking here.
First Day Shoe Fund provides new athletic shoes to school-age children in Kalamazoo County who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. We believe that all children should start school on equal footing. In 2018 we have distributed 4,756 pairs of shoes locally! You can learn more about our program at www.firstdayshoefund.org.
Fall Shoe Distribution is happening now. During this busy time we stop to thank those who make First Day Shoe Fund possible and reflect on a successfully completed summer season. Inside our Fall Newsletter you will find:
- Summer Distribution round-up – a summary of what we accomplished together and a thank you to our volunteers and partners!
- Community sponsors of school buildings and classrooms this Fall
- A Note From The Executive Director
- Many Thanks to people and organizations who have helped First Day Shoe Fund in recent months
- First Day Shoe Fund’s new Youth Board
- And more!
Check it out here: Fall 2018 FDSF Newsletter
Western Michigan Football‘s Fan Fest is the first chance for fans to see this year’s team in person, and the team is inviting fans to bring a pair of new athletic shoes to donate to First Day Shoe Fund. Fan Fest will be on Saturday, August 11th from 5:30 – 7:30 at Waldo Stadium.
Volunteers from First Day Shoe Fund’s Youth Board of local high school students will collect shoes at the Gate 1 entrance. First Day Shoe Fund accepts new, athletic shoes of all sizes. Half sizes are particularly helpful. No canvas, please.
We hope you will join us on Saturday, August 11th for a fun time for the whole family and bring a pair of shoes for a local kid. Thank you Coach Lester and WMU Football! Read more about the Fan Fest on WMU’s website.
Each year, First Day Shoe Fund is one of the three primary beneficiaries of Harry Fest . This annual fundraiser is held in honor of Harry Stout , a remarkable young man who passed away at the age of 12 in 2005 but left a huge impact on many people in our community.