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KZOO Spartans - First Day Shoe Fund

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4 of 6 volunteers have pledged their time

Project Description

Please join us at First Day Shoe Fund for a group volunteer project. We have limited spots available to pick and pack shoes that are ordered by students in Kalamazoo County. These shoes packaged by our group will be sent to local schools for youth in need of a new pair of athletic shoes during the fall back to school season. 

Community Partner - First Day Shoe Fund

First Day Shoe Fund Accommodations

  • Close toed shoes required.

About First Day Shoe Fund

First Day Shoe Fund (FDSF) is a local, grassroots initiative whose mission is to provide a unique service to children in the Kalamazoo area by distributing new shoes throughout the school year.  Founder Valerie Denghel realized this need through her volunteer work in Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS). Since many families were unable to purchase new shoes, Valerie noticed students were wearing shoes that were the incorrect size, tattered, or worn. First Day Shoe Fund believes that every child should start school on equal footing, and distributes a new pair of properly fitting athletic shoes to any student in need. The goal is to help these students succeed both in and out of the classroom.


Project Date

Sept. 18, 2023

Project Locations and Shifts

First Day Shoe Fund
5416 Meredith St
Portage, MI 49002
  • 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    (2 spots available)