We are now Soles For Life, Inc., a registered California nonprofit and we are applying for our 501 (c) (3). It has been quite a process with help from many to get us to this point. Special thanks to our steering committee/provisional board. Would you like to help us raise $1,000 for the IRS and legal fees to bring Soles For Life into IRS charitable non-profit status? We can accept your donations directly through PayPal. Donations are tax deductible through our fiduciary with the Gardena YWCA.
A lot can be done to help with the water crisis in our world. Scott Kjos, Gilbert Orona and Mark Schwanz founded Soles For Life over a year ago in order to get involved directly in solutions. We decided not to look the other way when we knew that over 1 billion people in our world suffer from a lack of clean drinking water and sanitation. We knew that it would take a while before we were qualified to install water wells, filtration devices, or do international community development, but that we could raise funds through recycling donated shoes.
We are proud of the fact that we have given over $30,000 dollars to water, education, and community projects both here in our communities and abroad. With the help of WaterStep and Water For Our World, two accomplished organizations, we are making an impact and find our place among the world’s solution-makers to the greatest crisis the world have ever known, water.
Ongoing shoe drive partners:
- YWCA, Gardena (Every other Saturday is a “Weigh and pay” day.)
- Gardena General Insurance, Gardena
- Harbor Interfaith, San Pedro
- San Pedro Service Center
- Crossroads South Bay, Gardena
- Japanese Cultural Institute, Gardena
- REI, Manhattan Beach
- Temple Menorah, Redondo Beach
- 186th Street Elementary School, Gardena
What can one person do? You can clean out your closet and your used items can be converted into clean drinking water.
Need more information? Contact Gilbert @ 310-940-4809.