Shoe Drive to Help Entrepreneurs

The New Hartford Rotary Club needs your help. We are asking for the public’s support via donations of lightly worn and new shoes. The shoes collected will go to Funds2org in Florida where the shoes will be cleaned and sorted. Then the shoes will be distributed to start-up micro-enterprises in countries like Haiti and Ghana. The first shipment to each new business is free and the business owners will be given instructions and mentorship support on how to make their businesses successful.

The micro-enterprises in developing countries are instrumental in efforts to help raise people out of poverty. The shoes bridge a gap of thousands of miles and cultural differences and help people from our community connect and make a difference in the lives of many people across the globe.

New Hartford Rotary will receive 40 cents for each pair of shoes. “This fundraiser is important to our club as our other opportunities have been canceled due to the coronavirus.” Said Ed Gallacher, President of New Hartford Rotary. “One Hundred percent of the money we receive from this effort will be given back to the local community through scholarships, service programs, and awards to other non-profit organizations.”

Donations accepted include all types of shoes, boots, slippers, sandals, sneakers, and soccer cleats. It does not include specialty sport equipment like ski boots or ice skates.

Please put the shoes that you are donating in a trash bag. Shoes may be dropped off at The Chowder House, 57 Burrstone Rd., New York Mills, NY or C. Lewis Tomaselli Architects, 1482 Genesee St., Utica, NY or individuals may contact: Ed Gallacher at 315-733-9310 and we will arrange for a pick-up.


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