Still time to donate to Peru State College shoe drive

Still time to donate to Peru State College shoe drive
This is an example of a micro-enterprise in Port au Prince (Courtesy Photo)

PERU – The public is invited to participate in a shoe drive in which all donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners through Funds2Orgs, a for-profit social enterprise, and use in developing nations for impoverished people to start their own businesses.

The Peru State Professional Staff, in conjunction with the College’s Foundation, is conducting the shoe drive fundraiser. It started the first of February and will run through March 31. Proceeds raised will be used to fund a bench to be placed on the College’s Wellness Trail. The Professional Staff will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will benefit the entire community and the work being done on the College’s trail. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at the College in the Student Center or the Al Wheeler Activity Center or by contacting one of the committee members.

Peru State volleyball coach Laurie Schroeder is one of the professional staff members assisting with the drive. Schroeder stated, “This is an important project, not only for our campus, but for the countries and micro-entrepreneurs who use the assistance of Funds2Orgs by receiving shoes donated.” Continuing, Schroeder added, “Please ask your friends and families to help in the project as it will benefit many.”

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the “Treads for the Trail,” the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.

It has been noted that in the United States alone, over 600 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created form chemical compounds that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills.

Peggy Groff, another Peru State professional staff member, is also one of the committee members heading up this project. Groff noted, “By donating your gently worn, used and new shoes to the Peru State ‘Tread for Trails’ project, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference.”

Groff also noted that the First National Bank of Johnson (both Johnson and Auburn locations), Auburn State Bank, and the Mainstreet Bank of Peru have all agreed to be drop-off sites for shoes. Just look for the donation boxes inside each facility.

The Peru State Professional Staff is an organization comprised of the professional staff members on the College’s campus. It serves as a means of communication and consultation between the professional staff, the College president, and other campus senates.

For more information, please contact Campus Community and Engagement committee members: Peggy Groff – or 402-872-2438, Laurie Schroeder– or 920-639-5844, or Eulanda Cade – or 402-872-2230. Other committee members include Sergio Portesan, Deborah Solie, Brandy VanDerKamp, and Angela Seidl.