5416 Meredith St, Portage, MI 49002
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Our missionTo provide new athletic shoes to school-age children in Kalamazoo County who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and believe that all children should start school on equal footing

First Day Shoe Fund

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Committee Support

First Day Shoe Fund operates thanks to several committees, including: Fund Development, Finance, Marketing/PR, and Program Development.
  • Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal, Skilled
  • Evenings


Warehouse volunteers help us complete inventory and assist in the fall distribution event by preparing shoes for pickup.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Teens, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Physical, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Distribution Events

Volunteers do everything from checking in/out students, to fitting them for and helping them select shoes.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Event support
  • On-site
  • Weekends
About usFirst Day Shoe Fund is dedicated to providing new athletic shoes to elementary students in need at Kalamazoo County public schools. We believe all children should start school on equal footing.
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