In the Spring of 2015, we started a fundraiser to raise money for athletic shoes for kids in our community who needed them. Our fundraiser took off and the support we received really brought it to our attention how important this cause is. In the summer of 2015, we created our non-profit organization Shoes 4 Kidz.
We are so grateful for the support of our community and the gracious donations that allow us to continue to make a difference in these young people's lives.
HOW WE WORK
Through our contacts in school districts, youth organizations and the community we determine which children are in need of a new pair of athletic shoes. Our contact person or a Shoes 4 Kidz team member will size the child and ask for any special color request. Shoes 4 Kidz purchases the shoes and hand delivers them to the school and often directly to the child. We provide shoes for school-aged children up to 18 years of age.
We are currently serving our community in Sonoma County and aspire to grow our operations to include our neighboring counties!
Our mission is to empower and elevate the physical and mental health of the children of Sonoma County by providing them with a new pair of athletic shoes, encouraging increased confidence, movement and joy.
The children of Sonoma County have experienced multiple traumatic, life-changing events over the past few years. Between fires, floods and a global pandemic, the mental and physical health of our children is of the utmost importance.
In addition, we are living in a time when childhood obesity rates are high and MOVEMENT is at an all-time low. A proper pair of athletic shoes is not only important for the growing body, but for the mind as well. When exchanging a pair of holey, worn down shoes for a nice, new pair we are also exchanging shame and embarrassment for confidence and pride. So every kid can get in the game!
-Myriah Volk, Shoes 4 Kidz Founder