National Footwear Cares Month finished the way it began on April 1- with a flourish. When the counting was over, more than 6,500 employees from 100 footwear companies donated over 15,000 hours to non-profits across the US! The impact that was made on the communities in which we live and work was huge; the impression it left on those who participated was immeasurable.
Footwear Cares volunteers from every aspect of the industry worked hard to ensure that families have food, children are clothed and our coastlines, parks, and trails stay clean and welcoming for years to come. “The effort that the entire footwear industry put into this massive undertaking was extraordinary,” said Blake Krueger, Two Ten’s Chairman of the Board and Chairman, President and CEO of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. “Without the passion and enthusiasm of the shoe industry, none of this would have been possible.”
The many benefits were not limited only to the communities that were served. New friendships were forged through teamwork and many volunteers gained perspective and appreciation for what really matters in their own lives (see Adam’s story ). “The willingness of shoe companies to band together and provide much needed aid in communities throughout the US is very gratifying,” said Stan Friedlander, GMM of Footwear at Amazon Fashion, the title sponsor of Footwear Cares. Thank you to everyone who made Footwear Cares such a success. See you in 2015!