Have a heart…share a sole program
Step by step, we begin to realize that in order to truly help these citizens of the world, we need to provide the shoeless with an overlooked essential—a pair of shoes.
For every day that you wake up and walk out of your house, there is someone whose heart aches for the chance to do the same. For every time that you lace your sneakers, there is a child scrubbing their dirty, swollen feet in shame. We don’t realize how little it takes to significantly improve the life of someone that is suffering.
As members of humanity, it is not an option it is an obligation to do our part,. We collect shoes from individuals, shoe drives, our drop off locations, offices, corporations and other businesses, schools, teams, religious groups and communities. We collect any and all types of new and gently worn shoes from anyone willing to give, and we make sure that together we impact the life of someone who needs a pair of shoes.
At Running with Sole we facilitate the process of getting your new or gently worn shoes to those who need them. We do this through: Collection, Consolidation & Distribution. We collect new and gently worn shoes, we sort them, clean and pack them, and we then change lives by distributing your shoes to our neighbors in need. Fundamental to this task is inspiring a generation into action, by raising awareness of local and global need, and breaking the cycle of poverty through equipping individuals with one of the most basic necessities, a pair of shoes.
Why shoes? Shoes protect our soles from cuts, abrasions, and infections, they making walking easier and more comfortable, and they provide a sense of security and self respect. Shoes do more for an individual that has never had a single pair of their own than any of us could imagine. Many individuals must walk long distances barefoot to get food, to find work or to go to school, many must bear the pain of sharp objects cutting their feet, but most significantly many must suffer with illness and even death because of common, curable diseases and infections.
The cure is simple…”Have a heart…share a soul.”
Some people will provide shoes, while others will help us consolidate them, while others still will help us get them to those who need them most. No matter what role you play in the RWS family all roles are critical to fulfilling our vision.
Healthy Heart…Healthy Souls Program
“Education is the great engine to personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, hat the child of a farm worker can become the president of a great nation.” Nelson Mandela
Today nearly 25 million children are overweight or obese. This epidemic is occurring with children across all socioeconomic strata and among all ethnic groups. Running with Sole has teamed up with health, academic, corporate and nonprofit organizations to join the fight against childhood obesity. The primary goal of the program is to encourage the adoption of heart healthy eating patterns, nutrition for the soul and physical activity habits that will help prevent or reduce the likelihood of obesity. Significant health benefit can be obtained by including a moderate amount of physical activity. We educate and empower children with knowledge on the importance of taking care of their bodies and provide them with self-confidence in their ability to do so. Educate children in healthy behaviors by way of physical activity and eating well. By providing children with these skills, we empower them with benefits such as self confidence, self-worth, energy, focus, respect, commitment, and self esteem.
Soles for Sports Program
“These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me.” Charles Barkley
The Soles for Sports Program is designed to encourage and engage children to fulfill their potential and reach their dreams. By providing a child with the appropriate athletic shoes and allowing them to explore their true athletic potential, we provide hope by fueling their passions and through sports the cycle of poverty can be broken.
It is amazing how one pair of shoes could make the difference between a life of poverty and hopelessness, and a life of confidence and accomplishment. We believe that encouraging sustainable social change among youth by using sports as a tool to relieve the effects of poverty through increased life skills, including developing leadership qualities, reducing at-risk behaviors, improving social connectedness, and encouraging self-worth and potential, positively impacts the lives of those individuals and their communities at large. How can a single pair of shoes do all this?
Today, your gently worn athletic shoes can live on and allow individuals the opportunity to excel in sports. Sports are more than a game or a luxury; they are a set of life lessons. RWS recognizes the value and importance of sports and physical activities in the emotional, physical, social and mental development of youth. We believe that participation in sports and activities develops important character traits and lifelong values.
Many children are not afforded the chance to cultivate their talent or even to dream of the possibility of doing more. A pair of running, tennis, basketball, baseball or other athletic shoes could be the key out of poverty for many. The ability to be good at something especially a sport fosters self esteem, confidence and drive to vulnerable youth.
RWS’s Sole’s for Sports program is an innovative step-by-step approach that builds assurance and a sense of self worth in at risk children, thereby allowing them to excel and start a chain reaction to get them out of poverty. Partnering with other organizations and community programs, we identify those with natural athletic ability in impoverished areas. With the help of our volunteers and the donations of many, we equip these individuals with the athletic footwear they need to cultivate their talent and excel. By providing children with the right pair of athletic shoes, we propel them to do their best in the sport of their choice. Through action, these children learn the disciplines necessary to achieve successful results by demonstrating responsibility, accountability and character, which are the founding principles of our Running with Sole.
Recycle My Soles
Go Green! Surplus shoes go to the Recycle My Soles Program. Save the earthy by recycling your soles and help a child live an active, healthy lifestyle.