Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Shoe Drive "Kickoff" September 23-24, 2011

Your recycled shoes provide jobs and usable footwear in Africa, additionally wholesalers buy these shoes from our collections, so your donation of unwanted shoes actually funds our mission team's trip to Sudan to provide clean water systems!

Drop off your used shoes between 10:00-5:00pm on Friday September 23 and 24th, or until 1:00pm on Sunday to help us "kickoff" our team's fundraising efforts.

Kent Lutheran Church
336 2nd Avenue
Kent WA 98032

If you can't drop your shoes that day, email or call us for a list of collection sites or to arrange pickup. Collection sites will be open until late November and will be posted here.

Contact: or Jessica Ward 253-350-5427.

Registration Open for Latrine Construction Training

Class will be held September 15 and 16, 2011.

Online registration has closed. If you need to add in to the class on the day of the class, call Jessica Ward at 253-350-5427.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Short-Term Warehouse Space Needed


Our mission team is in need of some short-term warehouse space and access to a loading dock. We hope to cover part of the team's travel expenses via a used-shoe drive. (Used shoes are collected here, and sold wholesale to micro-businesses in Africa and Central America). However, we can only make this happen if we have a place to stage the shoes for the shipping container we have to fill. (If we can fill one container, we will raise $10,000 for our team!).

Here's what we need:
1. Flat floor space in a warehouse in Western WA (Kent/Renton/Auburn preferred), sufficient to mimic the inside of a shipping container (8' wide, 9' tall, and 50' long). We do not need heating or air conditioning.
2. Access at least weekly (on your schedule is fine) to add more shoes to our "collection."
3. Access to a loading dock and forklift (your operator, or our certified operator) for the day of loading the container.
4. Space available until the end of November, 2011.

Here's what we can offer:
1. Credit for a tax-deductible in-kind contribution to a registered 501(c)3.
2. Only responsible, screened individuals with access to your space.
3. We will leave the space in better condition than we got it--clean and tidy, and in good repair.
4. Insurance if necessary.
5. Our eternal and undying thanks.

If you or someone you know has commercial warehouse space available, please let Jessica Ward know at 253-350-5427 or

For more information about our mission and mission team, learn about our South Sudan repatriation efforts here.

Image credit: Bill Longshaw