For each Vines Islandwear online order during our One4One Fall Giving Program, we will donate one pair of sandals to Soles4Souls, an organization that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Help us Share the LUV with those in need through an amazing organization! Read more below or visit www.soles4souls.org for more information!
Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating sustainable jobs and providing relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization repurposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief, and direct assistance programs. Since 2006, it has distributed more than 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. A nonprofit social enterprise, Soles4Souls earns more than 70% of its income and commits 100% of donations to programs. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.
Did you know?*
- Since 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and gently-worn shoes in 127 countries around the world to help provide relief and create economic opportunities.
- Soles4Souls has kept more than 42 million pounds of shoes and clothing out of landfills.
- We work directly with over 1,200 domestic and international non-profits to distribute free shoes and clothing to people in need and in times of disaster.
- The World Bank estimates that 767 million, or 1 in 10 people around the world, live on less than $1.90 per day. 385 million are children. Many don’t have access to a sustainable job or resources to provide for themselves. Meanwhile many simply can’t afford adequate shoes and clothing and are left vulnerable to disease. Children often don’t meet uniform requirements in order to attend school and are at risk of falling behind and unable to receive an education.
- On average, Americans throw away 70 pounds of textiles (shoes and clothing) per person, per year. That adds up to 21 billion pounds of unnecessary waste added to our landfills. The EPA estimates that only 15% of clothing and footwear in the U.S., is recycled, leaving the remaining 85% in our landfills.
- In many developing countries, walking is a primary mode of transportation. Each day millions face the dangers of cuts, fungus, contaminated soil and insect bites that lead to infection, disease, amputation and death. Providing safe, sturdy shoes could help end this cycle.
- In the United States, 12.7% of the population lives below the poverty line according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2016 estimates. When we can help provide a pair of shoes, we’re helping bridge the economic gap. For these families, a new pair of shoes provides dignity and hope.
* Republished from Soles4Souls