Yoga Home is conducting a shoe drive to benefit HMS School and their Expressive Arts Program. This drive has local and global impact, as HMS is working with Funds2Orgs, an organization that repurposes/repairs shoes then ships them to developing nations to encourage microfinance initiatives.
We’ll accept all gently used or new shoes, no matter size, style/season, gender or age through the month of August.
HMS School serves children with complex disabilities. The school is home to several of our Adaptive Yoga students.
Excerpt the Funds2Orgs website…
Want to know one of the best things that happen with the shoes we collect after shoe drive fundraisers?
They help families (mothers and fathers) provide for their children. We know families that have gone from earning as little as $2 a day, which is extreme poverty, to over $60 a day. That’s a living wage. The Funds2Orgs team loves Earth just as much as you do. This is our home. With our unique fundraisers, we provide organizations and individuals with a socially responsible fundraiser.
Have you ever thought about what happens to the shoes thrown away in the garbage? Annually, in the United States alone, over 600 million shoes end up in landfills. That’s not cool. With our shoe drive fundraisers, we have a way to re-purpose shoes so this does not happen.
Shoes are made of dozens of parts. These parts are stitched and glued together. As they break-down, some parts release invisible toxins into the air. Yes, one of the reasons towns with open landfills have a higher incidence of respiratory diseases is because of decomposing shoes.
The average human lifespan in the U.S. is 78.74 years. The average shoe with rubber fully disintegrates in a landfill in 80 years! We think we can do better.
As a for-profit social enterprise, Funds2Orgs’ business model helps communities in North America. It gives our neighborhoods a way to dispose of shoes in a socially responsible way.