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!


The End of Summer 2013

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!

FDSF In the News! Summer 2013

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

Will Ride for Shoes!

Follow our Executive Director as she prepares to ride 100 miles to raise funds for the First Day Shoe Fund:

Ride for Shoes



Spring Newsletter 2013

Our spring newsletter is here!

Spring 2013 News

Looking Back on 2012 and Ahead to 2013!

Happy New Year!

2012 saw a lot of changes, as well as growth, for the First Day Shoe Fund. We’re looking forward to more of the latter in 2013 as we complete our expansion into the Comstock community including both elementary schools in the distribution for fall 2013.

2012 saw the retirement of Founder Valerie Denghel, without whom none of this would be possible. She worked tirelessly for 6 years to build a strong foundation for FDSF and to begin the work we hope to continue for a long time to come.

Throughout the summer and fall, Valerie worked with me, showing me the ropes (and the shoes), introducing me to our incredibly valuable partners (KPS, Community in Schools) and helping me establish new ones (Comstock Community Center). I had the opportunity to meet and begin work with our incredible board, committees, and volunteers. It’s been an exciting 6 months!

After a short break in December, we’re working on some great things for 2013 with plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and a few new ones as well. There just may be one coming up this month, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Remember volunteering is fun; it’s more fun with friends!

Looking forward to an amazing 2013 and helping even more students in the Kalamazoo area start school on equal footing!


FDSF in the News!

First Day Shoe Fund Expands to Comstock!
FDSF closed out 2012 with a trial run of our expansion to Comstock. Click the above title for a link to MLive’s coverage of Giving Tuesday and our trial run for 2013.

October Newsletter

October 2012 Newsletter