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

Executive Director’s Blog

Executive Director Jennifer Brown, will keep you posted on what we’re doing, who we’re doing it with and where it’s happening!