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Soles4Souls

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Causes: Disaster Aid, Emergency Assistance, Human Services, International, International Development, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief

Mission: Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.

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8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Soles4Souls, as one of its community outreach programs, offers local high school seniors at 3 participating Title 1 status schools in the Nashville area the opportunity to experience micro-enterprise firsthand. Through a collaboration with teachers, school leaders, and Belmont University, Soles4Souls teaches students relevant skills related to marketing, collaboration, social enterprise, college access and readiness, cultural awareness, civic engagement, and project management over the course of a school year. Students collaborate to collect shoes in their community, and then--once they complete a project, service hours, a research paper, a portfolio, and a presentation to stakeholders--they are given the opportunity to serve those in need through a four-day shoe distribution. Not only does this program change the lives of children receiving shoes, but it also changes the lives of students in Nashville as they engage globally to combat poverty in a very tangible way. Students often report after their year-long experience that they have a passion for helping others, a commitment to continue serving, and a desire to learn from new cultures and communities.

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S4S Team 07/28/2017

Jacob, it is an honor for Soles4Souls to support Metro Nashville Public Schools. We are grateful for our partnership and look forward to many years of working together!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just came across this charity and think they are doing an awesome job of providing shoes for those in need!

Anna46

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was an Army Medic assigned to one of the biggest Infantry divisions in the U.S. One of the major problems the foot soldier faced were foot diseases. They can be as mild as athletes foot to as traumatic as gangrene from an open sore in unsanitary conditions; which can lead to amputation and sometimes even death. Most people do not realize how a pair of shoes in a poor area can not only save lives; but increase the children's state of health. I applaud Soles4Souls for seeing and trying to remedy this issue. It is also extremely difficult for a child to engage in healthy play; while barefoot. And if you don't believe me; take your shoes off and try kicking a ball effectively! In fact I challenge anyone who reads this to; on their next day off; engage in your normal daily activities; while barefoot! And then do it again this winter. I am confident that after accepting my challenge; you will see how important Soles4Souls mission really is.

Sara74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit is committed to social and economic justice, from the ground-up... literally. Souls4Souls is an inspiration to all of us who wish to connect with people in a real and meaningful way! A great organization!

1 N'kee S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know them from Facebook and am an avid follower of their good deeds. They inspire me to do more and to always remember those in need. I am so grateful for what they do and want to pull together friends to help in their venture to help people in need one shoe at a time. Thumbs up to them and the get the 'Like' buttonfrom me all day every day!

Robin50

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love what this charity represents. We did a shoe drive at our church and they made it so easy! The shipping process was also a breeze! I really want to sign up to go on one of the "giving" trips....I hope that I can work that out soon!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I've worked in nonprofit leadership for over 30 years and I am THRILLED to learn that after tons of well-deserved bad publicity and outrageous salary paid to the CEO he was forced out. The board (what is left of it) is truly committed to making this a legitimate organization and rebuilding.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was looking for a charity to help Haiti and came across these guys. As I do with all charities I looked at their 990 long form from 2007. In it there is an extraordinary expense for $2,600,000+ (2.6 million dollars plus) for "Concert Expense"). The question is ... how can that be ? Wouldn't that money be better spent in Haiti ? And it brings into question the rest of their activities. That said, apparently they do collect a lot of used shoes. They must sell them to get the millions of dollars they have on their balance sheet. Something smells fishy here.

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