Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit company dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations, and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. As a CARES Team, you can partner with Soles4Souls by hosting a barefoot event (or weekend or brunch or evening) for your community and collecting new or gently used shoe donations from residents and staff.

One option for executing this event is to spread awareness about the reality of going without shoes. Encourage residents to come to the event wearing the shoes they're going to donate. Then, upon arrival, leave the shoes in a donation pile/box and attend the event barefoot.

The first place to start with this philanthropic event is to go to and get to know the organization a bit. Then, if you decide this is something your team can get behind, fill out the application to host a drive. You submit a request to host a drive, so we recommend not advertising for this event or putting it on your calendars until all plans are solidified with the organization.

We have created a sample flyer you can use - click here to download.

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