Our spring newsletter is here!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Help raise awareness of First Day Shoe Fund by sharing the electronic Brews & Shoes invitation.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
5 – 7 p.m.
Arcadia Brewing in Kalamazoo, MI
Welcome president Ann Gunia, vice president Angie Rohrer, secretary Yolonda Lavender, and treasurer Lucy Matthews.
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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.
EXAMPLES OF JOB DUTIES:
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
We 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!
This week’s fall like temps have reminded us that summer is coming to an end. While we do find time to squeeze in a trip or two away from “the grid,” summer is still our busiest time and we’ve wrapped up another summer distribution.
While the summer distribution is our big event, we have had time for a few other things like:
I found time to sneak in some training and a 100 mile bike ride to raise over $2000 for the First Day Shoe Fund! You can read about that here.
We were the beneficiaries of some Kalamazoo style generosity with Donate. Shop. Savor. Dine. With Sticks and Stones, which teamed up downtown retailer Sticks & Stones, The Wine Loft, and Bottom’s Up for a fundraising event. Many downtown retailers joined in by donating items for raffle to encourage attendees to donate shoes for the event. With their help we were able to raise funds and received nearly 60 pairs of shoes!
With the help of at least two more shoe drives this summer, at Nulty Insurance (now complete) and Parkview Hills (in August), and support from the Kzoo Spartans (a group of MSU Alums) we’re looking forward to the fall!
Finally, this summer we distributed nearly 900 pairs of shoes to Kalamazoo Public School students and are looking forward to our fall distribution in both Kalamazoo and Comstock.
Again, we cannot do everything we do without the considerable help of our nearly 100 volunteers, an amazing board, and our incredibly generous donors and supporters. Thank you all!
The Kalamazoo Gazette‘s Mickey Ciokajlo attended and volunteered at our most recent Summer Shoe Distribution.
First Day Shoe Fund provides tangible boost, real smiles for school children who need them