Shoes That Fit Blog by category: Volunteer

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 17:45

 Since 2005, 5th grade students at Kadima Day School have organized their school’s Shoes That Fit program to help kids in need of new shoes in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. This month is dedicated to the theme of “Do not stand idly by” at the Jewish day school. “Our Kadima goal is to collect 120 shoes for two schools that have kids who don’t have shoes,” says 10-year-old Orel. “Don’t stand idly by. Get involved and make a difference!”

On November 7th the LA Kings and Shoes That Fit delivered 100 pairs of new athletic shoes to students at Cimarron Elementary School in Hawthorne, CA.  In addition to the shoes distribution for the most in need students, every child at Cimarron was given the opportunity to participate in a street hockey clinic the Kings Chariot Crew conducted on the campus for four hours.  Just imagine the joy of a child who may have received his first pair of new shoes and played his first game of hockey.  Certainly a great day of firsts that will hopefully provide the inspiration and motivation needed to stay in school so he can reach his full potential.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 14:55

OnMedia in Des Moines, IA, held their annual golf tournament on September 20th, kicking off their 15th anniversary with Shoes That Fit. OnMedia is one of our largest chapters; they engage the entire Des Moines community in their Shoes that Fit efforts. “We love this program because it helps kids feel better about themselves in a learning environment so they can concentrate in school,” said Bob Montgomery, Vice President/General Manager of OnMedia. Good luck and best wishes for the best Shoes That Fit year ever, Des Moines!
For nearly twenty years, Doug Forde has been an avid supporter of Shoes That Fit as Senior Partner, Forde McGovern and Associates.  Though the California Sporting Goods Associations' 18 Annual Sportsman Helping Children Pheasant Hunts, Doug and his colleagues have helped raise funds to support Shoes That Fit and four other nonprofit organizations.  Because of their commitment, we have been able to help thousands of children throughout the years.  Now enjoying retirement, Mr. Forde continues to be a valuable asset to Shoes That Fit having recently introduced us to our first source for wholesale footware.  Fostering this relationship and more like it, will help us reach our goal of doubling the number of children we help over the next five years.   When we are finally able to say, "This year we helped 200,000 children across the USA" it will be because of dedicated friends like Doug.  From all of us at Shoes That Fit, thank you for your years of service and for bringing countless smiles to children all across the USA. 
On October 25 Shoes That Fit teamed up with the Chris Paul Family Foundation to provide 354 children with a new pair of shoes! Chris Paul streamed live from the event on TNT.  To watch a copy of the live streamed video click here.


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Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:53

Congratulations to Sharon and Stewart Levine of Scottsdale, AZ! Their Shoes That Fit - FATE Group chapter (Named in honor of their fathers, Frank and Nate) just passed the 8,000 mark in number of shoes donated to schools in and around Phoenix. We are so proud to be associated with you both!
For the past two years, Shoes That Fit has organized teams for the Holiday Half Marathon and 5K races at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, CA.  Our supporters who love to run/walk have done a fantastic job raising funds and awareness for our organization through this effort.  This year the 5K will be on Saturday, December 10th and the Half Marathon on Sunday, December 11th.  Shoes That Fit is not spearheading the teams this year as we are in event planning mode for several 2017 events, which will celebrate our 25th Anniversary.  Be on the lookout for more information on how you can participate in next year's festivities. Several of our supporters will still participate in the Holiday Half Marathon and select Shoes That Fit as their charity of choice to benefit from the funds raised. 
You may click here if you'd like to take part in the 5K or Half Marathon and run/walk on behalf of Shoes That Fit!


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Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 11:52

 The Claremont Village Merchants are at it again! In June they held their annual Craft Beer Walk where our staff and volunteers registered and checked in participants while receiving proceeds from the event. Now they have their annual Back-to-School Backpack drive. 250 local school children will receive backpacks, school supplies and shoes to help kids start school on the right foot! Thank you Claremont Village Merchants!
On Saturday July 16, Claremont Craft Ales held their 4th Anniversary Party. Shoes That Fit staff, board members, and volunteers participated by pouring beer, checking in attendees, and hosting a table at the entrance of our Emergency Warehouse. Attendees were encouraged to bring new socks to benefit the organization, and donated a total of 130 pairs.
The Heads Up Youth Foundation joined forces with Shoes That Fit to deliver 100 pairs of shoes to kids at Maurice Sendak Elementary School in North Hollywood. The Studio City-based foundation, founded by Rob Fukuzaki, ABC7 sports anchor, is dedicated to supporting underprivileged and at-risk youth.” - Ventura Blvd Magazine, July 2016

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:32

On April 1, 2016, The Fathers and Men of Professional Basketball Players partnered with Shoes That Fit for a community service event at Gideons Elementary School near downtown Atlanta, where 100 pairs of shoes were donated to children in need. Some notable fathers in attendance included: Charles Paul, Sr. (father to Chris Paul of the LA Clippers), Dwight Howard, Sr. (father to Dwight Howard, Jr. of the Houston Rockets), Dwayne Wade, Sr. (father to Dwayne Wade, Jr. of the Miami Heat), and Lance Stephenson, Sr. (father to Lance Stephenson, Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies).
An anonymous donor headquartered in Fresno, CA donated over $80,000 to provide more than 2,400 pairs of new shoes to children in nearby Maricopa and Taft, CA. Every student in the entire Maricopa Unified School District and every student at Conley, Jefferson, Parkview and Roosevelt Elementary Schools and Taft Primary and Lincoln Junior High in Taft received brand new shoes thanks to this generous gift. Local retailer G&F Footwear and Fashion was a key player in this event, helping us to make the most of our donation and delivering the shoes directly to the schools.
At their annual meeting in mid-March, Shoes That Fit Corporate Partner The Newport Group (formally Verisight, Inc.), organized a basketball fundraiser between superstar Shaquille O’Neil and two children from Meadowbrook Middle School in Orlando, FL, a school previously helped by the Shoes That Fit program. The students participated in a fun free-throw contest against Shaq, who also made a financial contribution to Shoes That Fit.
For the 6th year, Claremont’s Village Marketing Group donated 150 messenger-style bags, filled by donors with shoes, socks, and other necessary school supplies, during their spring campaign for local children in Southern California.
Shoes That Fit welcomed Kerith Dilley to the Shoes That Fit team as the Director of Individual Giving and Special Projects. Kerith brings with her many years of experience in non-profit development. We are very excited to welcome her to our team!
Become a Solemate and help us reach more children! Your secure automated monthly donation of any amount that fits within your giving goals, can provide shoes for children who need them throughout the year! Get started here or contact our office today. 

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 10:29

Shoes That Fit Board members and staff distributed 612 pairs of new athletic shoes to every student at Shirpser Elementary School, in El Monte, CA this February. 98% of Shirpser students are enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program, and many of them have never received a new pair of shoes in their lives. You can read about this incredible day reported by the Daily Bulletin.
Have you had the chance to read the Huffington Post article on Shoes That Fit and the importance of new shoes on the self-esteem of our nation’s children? It articulates the impact your donations have on the children served by Shoes That Fit. Please read this article and engage in the discussion. Please share and pass it on..
For the first time ever, Shoes That Fit provided brand new shoes to an entire school district from kindergarten through 12th grade. Thanks to a generous financial contribution from an anonymous donor, more than 2,400 children received a new pair of athletic shoes in February!
For the 6th year, Claremont’s Village Marketing Group donated 150 messenger-style bags, filled by donors with shoes, socks, and other necessary school supplies, during their spring campaign for local children in Southern California.
In January Shoes That Fit was a featured grant recipient at the 2016 Pacific Life Grant Reception in Newport Beach, CA. Pacific Life Foundation has been a steadfast supporter of Shoes That Fit in Orange County, California. This year’s support will ensure that Orange County’s neediest children receive a new pair of athletic shoes during the 2015-2016 school year.
Shoes That Fit Executive Director, Amy Fass spent the beginning of 2016 competing in the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch program. Amy was one of twenty non-profit leaders selected to participate based on their innovative approaches to creating lasting social change and their potential for significant positive community impact. Amy worked with volunteer business coaches to develop a succinct and powerful story in the form of a 3-minute pitch. For more information on SVP and Fast Pitch please click here.
Become a Solemate and help us reach more children! Your secure automated monthly donation of any amount that fits within your giving goals, can provide shoes for children who need them throughout the year! Get started here or contact our office today. 

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Monday, January 4, 2016 - 12:16

As we begin an exciting new year, we’d like to highlight a few of Shoes That Fit’s accomplishments and milestones made possible by our donors and volunteers in 2015:
The Village Marketing group (local Claremont, CA merchants) and community members hosted two events; Spring For Shoes and Shoes For School. These events, now in their 11th and 9th years, provided over 400 local students with new athletic shoes, socks, backpacks and assorted school supplies. Mike Manning, owner of The Last Drop Café, did a wonderful job coordinating both events. 
Shoes That Fit welcomed several new board members; click here to view our complete Board of Directors roster. Also joining us was Rebecca Korduner, Development Director. We are thrilled to have these unique individuals join our team. 
Through the generous financial support of funders, Shoes That Fit continued to expand our reach to help more children in need. Thank you to Nordstrom, Inc., Ludwick Family 
Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, the Chris Paul Family Foundation and Fashion Footwear Association of New York, to name just a few. 
Our volunteer Bob Montgomery of OnMedia in Des Moines, IA has been helping children in need through Shoes That Fit for 14 years! Bob and his team host a successful annual golf tournament to support their Shoes That Fit work and 2015 was no exception, raising nearly $15,000! Watch this video to see Bob and his OnMedia team of supporters in action. 
Shoes That Fit has once again been accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance as having met their 20 rigorous standards for charity accountability. 
As a grant recipient of the Chris Paul Family Foundation, Shoes That Fit was a featured charity at NBA player Chris Paul’s annual Celebrity Server Dinner where he, along with other NBA players and celebrities, acted as servers. Shoes That Fit Executive Director, Amy Fass and Director of Corporate Engagement, Nekeda Newell-Hall, were both in 
LAPD 77th Street Community Police Station hosted Operation Shoes From Santa which delivered more than 1,000 pairs of new athletic shoes to local Los Angeles, CA children in need. Shoes That Fit was a proud partner of this fun-filled event for the holiday season!
With a team of nearly 40 runners, #TeamShoesThatFit participated in a fun Holiday Half Marathon and 5K race at Fairplex in Pomona, CA. Our team goal was to raise funds and awareness to help 1,000 local children receive new shoes during the holiday season. Over $18,000 was raised through our team’s fundraising efforts and the support of the following generous team sponsors:
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Claremont Lincoln University, Jeff Stark and Associates, Claremont Sunrise Rotary, Foothill Transit, Perera Construction, The Claremont Club and Vulcan Materials. Also appreciated were the In-Kind donations from Claremont Craft Ales and Trader Joe’s-Claremont. 
You know the importance of new shoes that fit. Help us reach more children by becoming a Solemate today! You can help children attend school without the embarrassment and pain of wearing shoes that are filled with holes by setting up an automated monthly donation; it’s secure, tax-deductible and an easy way to make a big impact throughout the year. Get started by clicking here. Be sure to check the box “I want to be a monthly donor to Shoes That Fit” or contact our office today. 

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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 16:01
  • Bling, Baubles & Bubbly! Grab your girlfriends and head to Kathleen Bradford’s studio Monday Oct. 19th (5pm-8pm) for this 5th annual charity event benefitting the Bonita Springs, FL chapter of Shoes That Fit. Special thanks to our volunteer Pat Leggett for her continued support and efforts on behalf of the children in her community.  


  • It’s not too late to join #TeamShoesThatFit in a Holiday Half Marathon or 5K at Fairplex in Pomona, CA Dec. 12-13, 2015. Our goal is to provide 1,000 local schoolchildren in need with new athletic shoes! You can help by joining our team as a runner, walker or as a team supporter. For more information, click here! Sponsorship opportunities also available! Contact our office today


  • Shoes That Fit sponsor group Mediacom and First National Bank are working together to help children throughout several local Des Moines, IA communities. Watch this short video to learn how you can help, too!  


  • Perera Construction and Design of Ontario, CA recently donated new shoes to more than 75 students in need. Hank Perera and his team continue to surpass their goal of helping kids each year through Shoes That Fit!  


  • Would you help us receive another Top Rated Nonprofit award from Great Nonprofits? If you’ve donated or worked with our program as a volunteer or school liaison, we’d appreciate a review from you. Thank You!


  • MillerCoors employees in Irwindale, CA made a surprise visit to our emergency warehouse with 179 pairs of new athletic shoes. We receive daily requests from local SoCal schools for students who are wearing shoes that are too small, too big, torn or full of holes. Thanks to generous donors like MillerCoors, we can fill these needs.  


  • Another holiday partnership with Nordstrom and New Balance kicks off on November 1st! Purchase a $10 Giving Card from any U.S. Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack store beginning November 1 through December 24, 2015. 100% of your giving card purchase this holiday season will be used to provide New Balance athletic shoes to 20,000 children in need across the country. More details and online purchase option coming soon!


  • Want to get more involved? Adopt a School by partnering with your coworkers, book club or youth group to help students who are most in need of new shoes at a school near you. Email or call 909-482-0050 to get started.


  • Become a Solemate! You can easily help students in need with your secure automated monthly donation of any amount that fits within your giving goals. Get started here or contact our office today. 


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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 15:12
  • Join us for a fundraiser at The Brick, your neighborhood deli in Pomona, CA on Wednesday, May 27 between 2pm-7pm. Bring this flyer and 20% of your purchase is donated to Shoes That Fit to help children through our program. 



  • Concerts Under the Stars at the Hafif estate in La Verne, CA are now available! Join us on June 13, June 20 or July 11th  for a fun-filled evening of live music, great food from Walter’s Restaurant and good friends! Your $55 tax-deductible donation includes all of the above plus free parking and shuttle service. Call our office for ticket availability: 909-482-0050


  • #TeamShoesThatFit is gearing up for this year’s Holiday Half Marathon and 5K at Fairplex in Pomona, CA! If you’d like to become a sponsor or join our team to help raise awareness and funds, contact our office today. 



  • We'd like to extend a very warm welcome to Osram Sylvania, Inc. as our newest volunteer sponsor group. They have officially launched the Shoes That Fit program in New Hampshire, making this the 46th state children are being helped in through our program! 


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Monday, April 20, 2015 - 13:56

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, consider giving a gift that gives back. We will send a personalized card to your special honoree letting her know of your thoughtful gift and your donation will help us reach more children in need. 


  • The Brick, your neighborhood deli in Pomona, CA is hosting a fundraiser on May 27th from 2pm-7pm with 20% of proceeds donated to Shoes That Fit! Join us for an all-natural lunch or dinner and help us reach children in need with your meal purchase. Just present this flyer upon purchase!
  • Another successful Spring For Shoes campaign wrapped up with 150 children receiving new athletic shoes and other goodies in time for Spring break! The Last Drop Café owner, Mike Manning, did a wonderful job coordinating this event and our local participating Claremont Village merchants and community worked together to make this a success! 



  • Tickets are now available for the annual Hafif Family Foundation’s Concert Under the Stars June 13, June 20 or July 11th!  Nestled in a beautiful hillside La Vernem CA estate, you’ll enjoy dinner from Walter’s Restaurant, live entertainment, free parking and shuttle service for only $55. Shoes That Fit retains 100% of proceeds from ticket sales purchased through our office! Call today for more info and ticket availability: 909-482-0050  


  • SAVE THE DATE: December 12-13, 2015-Holiday Half Marathon and 5K at Pomona Fairplex! #TeamShoesThatFit will once again lace-up to raise awareness and funds for Shoes That Fit. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, volunteer or participant, contact our office at 909-482-0050. 



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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 15:10
  • The Village Marketing Group here in Claremont, CA kicked off their Spring 2015 event to provide 150 students in need with new athletic shoes. From now through March 29, visit any of the 23 participating merchants to choose a tote bag with a child’s name, age & shoe size. Fill the bag with new shoes, socks & other goodies then return the bag to the merchant for distribution to the students. With so many businesses participating, you’re sure to find something for yourself, too! For complete details, click here.


  • Our emergency warehouse remodel project is underway! Many thanks to our volunteers from Claremont McKenna College for helping us move items out of our space so construction could begin. Our supporters from Upland Foothill Kiwanis club generously donated their time to help with the move and John Ems, owner of Sunshine Windows (Upland, CA) along with his brother Michael, contributed their warehouse to temporarily house thousands of shoes until the project is complete! 


  • Have a car, truck, motorcycle or boat that you’d like to donate? Support Shoes That Fit by donating your motorized vehicle, running or not, to Cars 4 Causes. Click here to find out how.



  • Thinking about going solar? SolarCity will donate $250 to Shoes That Fit for each new customer who signs up with them! Use this link for your free consultation today. 


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 14:46

Amy Fass, Executive Director, discusses the importance of new shoes and the impact they make on children in need with host Brad Pomerance of Time Warner Cable Local 
Edition (CA). To view the interview in its entirety, click here! 
John Ems, volunteer and owner of Sunshine Windows (Upland, CA) generously donated warehouse space to temporarily house new shoe donations in preparation of our 
emergency warehouse remodel. We are grateful to John, his brother Michael and many members of the Upland Foothill Kiwanis club who gladly volunteered their time to help move, 
stack and unpack boxes in the temporary space. Here's a quick peek at them in action! 
• Thanks to our fashionistas who donated their designer clothing, shoes or accessories to Fashion Project, designating Shoes That Fit as their supported charity. Because 
of them, over $500 in donations were received! If you’d like to join the movement to change the world one piece of clothing at a time, visit Fashion Project’s website today!   
• Our partnership with Nordstrom and New Balance helped over 18,000 children over the holidays but customers and supporters were so generous that we are helping more 
students in the next few months, for a total of over 26,000 children! 
• Don’t forget to use AmazonSmile when online shopping and a portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to Shoes That Fit. Please bookmark and use this link. 
• Support Shoes That Fit by donating your car, truck, motorcycle or boat, running or not, to Cars 4 Causes. Click here to find out how.  
Sign up for eNews today to keep up with all the latest Shoes That Fit news! 

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 14:23

As we look ahead to an exciting new year, we celebrate some of Shoes That Fit’s accomplishments and milestones. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Amy Fass, long-time supporter, took the helm as Executive Director, bringing with her years of experience in nonprofit development and consulting.

Members of Village Marketing Group, our local Claremont Village merchants, hosted two annual events, Spring For Shoes and Shoes For Back-To-School, which provided more than 450 students with new athletic shoes, backpacks and school supplies. Special thanks to Mike Manning, owner of The Last Drop Café for coordinating both events.

Shoes That Fit welcomed two new staff members; Clare Chadwick, Development Director and Nekeda Newell-Hall, Director of Corporate Engagement. Both bring substantial experience and insight to the Shoes That Fit team.

Our volunteer Bob Montgomery of OnMedia Ad Sales in Des Moines, IA hosted his 7th annual golf tournament raising approximately $22,000 to provide new shoes, hats and gloves to children in need throughout Iowa! 25 employees from OnMedia Ad Sales and Mediacom served as volunteers for the day and really helped the tournament run smoothly. Subway once again sponsored this fun event.

Thanks to favorable reviews from our volunteers and supporters, Shoes That Fit was named a Top Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits!

The Ahmanson Foundation awarded Shoes That Fit a generous grant of $75,000 to support our Emergency Warehouse Expansion project, which begins construction later this month and helps us reach more children!

Shoes That Fit was proud to be featured in several online and print magazine articles, most notably Footwear Plus Magazine, Parade Magazine and a Huffington Post Blog!

Nordstrom and New Balance partnered with Shoes That Fit for our fifth annual Holiday campaign to provide 15,000 children in need across the U.S. with new New Balance shoes in time for the holidays!

Shoes That Fit supporters participated in a Holiday Half Marathon and 5K Run at Pomona Fairplex (CA) and raised more than $3,000! We also received a very generous $5,000 sponsorship from Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and a $1,000 contribution from Foothill Transit. This was a fun-filled event and we are eagerly looking forward to 2015’s race!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 16:27

• With the new school year in full swing, there are many children in need of new shoes throughout the country.  Your support today will help Shoes That Fit expand our program to help students fit in with their peers and be better prepared to learn and play. Thank you for investing in Shoes That Fit! 
Rack Room Shoes is once again ensuring that children in the communities surrounding each of their more 300 stores return to school in confidence and with dignity in new shoes that fit. Over the past 7 years, over 115,000 pairs of new shoes have been donated by Rack Room Shoes through the Shoes That Fit program. Customers helped children in their own communities by donating $5 to their Back-To-School effort and received a colorable, canvas tote bag, compliments of Rack Room Shoes! 
• It’s not too late for you to join the first-ever Shoes That Fit team for a fundraising Holiday Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk at Pomona Fairplex (CA) December 13 and 14! Entry fees are $85 for the Half Marathon and $30 for the 5K, but be sure to contact us today before the fees increase on Sept. 15!
Here’s how to get started:
1. To start your registration, go to and click “Donate Now”: contribute $85 for the Half Marathon OR $30 for the 5K Run/Walk before the rates go up on Sept.15!
2. Wait for your entry fee confirmation letter and email from Shoes That Fit which will include your special charity promo code.
3. Go to the Holiday Half Marathon website and register yourself for the race using your special charity promo code to indicate you’ve already submitted your fee.
4. Before the run, gather support from your family, friends and coworkers to sponsor you in this inaugural Shoes That Fit team. You will have access to to set-up your own fundraising page!
If you have any questions about the race or starting your registration, please contact or call our office for details! 
• How can cleaning out your closet help Shoes That Fit and children in need? Now, you can donate your designer clothing, accessories and shoes to Fashion Project, choose Shoes That Fit as the charity you’d like to support and Fashion Project resells your donated items for maximum value! Proceeds from your items are then granted to Shoes That Fit.   You can also earn a $40 Nordstrom Gift Card with your eligible donation! What better incentive to clean out that closet to make room for your fall wardrobe? It’s fashion as a force for good.
• Are you considering going solar for clean, more affordable energy? Shoes That Fit is now a Solar City network partner! When you install your solar system through Solar City, they will donate $250 to help kids in need through Shoes That Fit! To get more information and a free quote, click on this link today
• There are many ways to stay in touch with Shoes That Fit – Sign up for eNews & Updates, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. If you’d like to submit event info or an inspirational story related to your Shoes That Fit experience, please contact

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 09:03

Roni Lomeli will be stepping down as executive director of Shoes That Fit at the end of January 2014. "Roni has been the award-winning leader and driving force behind Shoes That Fit's extraordinary success," said Shoes That Fit board member and former chair Ralph Shapira. With many accolades and awards bestowed upon her over the years, including her most recent Town & Country magazine and Longines watches’ prestigious "Women Who Make a Difference" award, Roni is credited for building Shoes That Fit into a national charity that has given over 1 million pairs of new shoes and other needed items to children in need in hundreds of communities and schools across America. Here is a message from Roni to all of our donors, volunteers and supporters.

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends of Shoes That Fit,

It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement as the Executive Director for Shoes That Fit effective January 31, 2014. While I am happy to begin a new chapter of my life, I am saddened to leave the role that I have cherished and enjoyed for more than a decade. I’ve found that the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work and love doing it. It has certainly been rewarding to “make a difference” in so many children’s lives and to have the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful people who share our vision that every child deserves shoes that fit.

I learned that my role at Shoes That Fit was about creating lasting relationships with friends, volunteers and donors, bringing them into the Shoes That Fit family, and then watching as they came to realize that their support could change young lives forever.

I believe now is the right time for me to move on. I am leaving Shoes That Fit in solid position to continue making a difference for the children we serve. Last year’s milestone of having provided over one million pairs of shoes and other critical items to children in need was very poignant and something I will always cherish.

The Shoes That Fit Board of Directors has decided to appoint Amy Fass as my successor. I am very pleased with their decision as Amy brings a fresh perspective to the organization and will continue to further our mission. Amy is a longtime supporter of Shoes That Fit and she has been working with the organization as a consultant for the past year. Amy is committed to the mission of Shoes That Fit and shares the same passion and excitement for helping the children we serve.

Thank you for your support and friendship over the years. I will continue to be involved as a volunteer and supporter of Shoes That Fit forever. Shoes That Fit will always be near and dear to my heart.

Roni Lomeli
Executive Director

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Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 08:36

Shoes That Fit Executive Director Roni Lomeli has been awarded the Women Who Make a Difference award from Longines, the Swiss Watch Company, and Town&Country Magazine. Now in  its fifth year, this award celebrates women who make a positive impact in children's lives. Roni was honored at an awards dinner hosted by tennis legend Stefanie Graf in New York City and will be featured in the February 2014 issue of Town & Country Magazine. "It’s hard to believe that it has been five years since we started honoring women who make a difference in partnership with Longines," said Town&Country Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer Jennifer Levene Bruno. "We have so many readers committing their lives to worthwhile causes and it’s a pleasure to be able to honor them in this way.”


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Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 09:12

 With the official arrival of fall comes lots of hustle and bustle here in the Shoes That Fit Headquarters! Students are settling back into school which means requests for shoes from our emergency warehouse are nonstop,  volunteers across the country are busy shoe shopping to fill the need in their own communities and donors continue to generously support all of this wonderful work to help children in need.  Recently, we asked you to help support the work of Shoes That Fit by writing a review on Great Nonprofits and the response was overwhelming! We’ve been named a Top Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits, a distinction we would not have achieved without your help! Thank You. 
There’s a lot going on to support the work of Shoes That Fit that you can participate in. Here are just a few ways you can help: 

  • Shop at Chico’s in Claremont, CA Saturday 9-28-13 from 12pm-4pm, mention Shoes That Fit and 10% of your purchase will be donated to us.
  • The FATE Group volunteer chapter of Shoes That Fit along with Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, AZ holding a shoe drive called ‘Caring By Pairing’ through the end of the year to help local Arizona children in need. Congregations and organizations wishing to participate can contact Sharon Levine of Temple Solel’s Social Action committee.
  • Strap on your lederhosen and sombrero, it’s time for OKTOBER FIESTA! Our friends at Dale Bros Brewery in Upland, CA hosting a fundraiser 10-19-13 from 5pm-10pm. Live music, great food, and lots of fun! Tickets are $5 at the door. Bring a new pair of athletic shoes and be entered in a raffle! Side note: if you participate in eGood, Dale Bros will donate a % of your purchase to Shoes That Fit during the entire month of October!
  • Do you enjoy Baubles, Bling and Bubbly? If so, then don’t miss a charity event hosted by Kathleen Bradford Studio/Gallery in Bonita Springs, FL on Monday 10-21-13 from 5pm-8pm. Unique art and jewelry designs for you to choose from and 20% of your purchase donated to the Bonita Springs Chapter of Shoes That Fit. Complimentary champagne and sweets provided!
  • Stamp Your Heart Out and The Bath Workshop hosting a sock drive during Village Venture Saturday 10-26-13 from 9am-5pm. Find one of a kind items during this Arts and Crafts Faire and don’t forget to bring a new package of socks for shoe sizes 10 child through 12 adult.

Needless to say, there’s lots going on around the country to help provide new shoes to children in need through Shoes That Fit, so check back next month for more great happenings and a MAJOR announcement! 

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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 14:12

 As the summer season comes to a close and autumn nears, Shoes That Fit volunteer programs across the country have already geared up for Back-To-School! With our programs now in 42 states across the country, there are countless hours of preparation to ensure that thousands of students return to school this year in comfort and with dignity, better prepared to learn and play. New shoes that fit help these deserving children fit in with their peers, participate in physical activity, concentrate on learning rather than their circumstances and enjoy a renewed sense of pride and self-esteem. We are truly thankful for our donors, volunteers and supporters whose donations ensure that going back to school for these children is a positive experience; we could not do this work without all of you! Here's just a sampling of some of the wonderful work being done:
Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk hosted by the Village Marketing Group in Claremont, CA was a great success! Proceeds from this event help fund the annual Back-To-School campaign in the Claremont Village during August. 
In early July, The Bonita Springs, FL chapter of Shoes That Fit prepared hundreds of bags filled with new shoes, socks & clothing thanks to the generosity of volunteers and proceeds from their annual luncheon.
Irwindale Chamber of Commerce (CA) held their annual month-long shoe drive in June to fill the shelves of our emergency warehouse in Claremont, CA. They collected cash donations as well! 
Dahl's Foods throughout Des Moines, IA began collecting $1 and $5 donations in support of our Shoes That Fit chapter in their community.
The annual Concerts Under the Stars series hosted by the Hafif Family Foundation was a sell out (as usual) and 100% of our suggested ticket donation price came directly to Shoes That Fit. 
Each year during July, a golf tournament is hosted by OnMedia Ad Sales in Iowa (a division of Mediacom) to support the back-to-school shoe purchases made by volunteers Bob & Regina Montgomery and their team of dedicated co-workers! This year's turnout was the best to date: 129 golfers and net proceeds of $15,000! 
Generous grants from the De Falco Family Foundation and Vons Charitable Foundation were received to provide new shoes for children in need in the states of Washington and California this fall! 
Joyce N. and her friends at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Ormond Beach, FL loaded up the back of their van with new shoes & socks for children in their community just in time for back-to-school.
Last, but certainly not least, Susan Pearson of The Bath Workshop in Claremont, CA worked tirelessly along with her employees to ensure that 250 local Inland Empire (CA) children in need returned to school with new shoes, socks, backpacks and school supplies! This monumental effort took place during July and was a huge success thanks to Susan, members of The Village Marketing Group and our generous community!  

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 09:16

 While enjoying the rest and relaxation summer brings, many of you might be wondering how you can help Shoes That Fit from the comfort of your own home, poolside, beachside or lakeside. Will you take just 3 minutes and tell others about your experience with Shoes That Fit? Your personal story and feedback helps us gain visibility and may help us improve our program. Please share your experience at the Great Nonprofits website. 

Great Nonprofits is a website to help people find, review and share information about nonprofits (similar to Yelp for businesses!). It takes only a few minutes and you'll be helping to spread awareness of Shoes That Fit and our mission of providing new shoes to children in need so they can attend school in comfort and with dignity, better prepared to learn and play. Thank you for believing as we do that every child deserves shoes that fit!
With Sincere Thanks,
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 13:39

Have you often wondered how you can help children in need when, like many of us, you don't have the time, energy or resources to volunteer? Well, here's your chance to help us in less than 1 minute & all you need is a Facebook account and your laptop, tablet or computer. 
Shoes That Fit has been nominated for a $75,000 grant from DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse to help us provide new shoes for children in need. This grant will allow us to expand our programs so children in need can attend school in comfort and with dignity, better prepared to learn and play. We need your votes and we need you to share this info!!! 
Simply visit the DSW facebook page, click "Like" then click on the green "Shoe Lovers Care" tab and vote for Shoes That Fit - That's it! Please vote every day from June 6-19th! 
We've discovered a few helpful tips to make voting easy:

  • DSW did not design this contest for voting with your cellphones! (so sorry!) 
  • You only have to 'Like' DSW's page once, then vote daily until June 19th
  • After your 1st vote, you may need to clear your computer's browsing history to make the 'Vote' buttons reappear on the Shoe Lovers Care page.

Thank you for voting and sharing this contest info with your Facebook friends & family! Together, we can win this $75,000 grant to help more children in need receive new shoes than ever before! 

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Friday, January 11, 2013 - 16:02

As we begin a new year, Shoes That Fit is so grateful for our many volunteers and donors who give so generously of their time and resources to make sure that children in need across the country attend schol in new shoes in comfort and with dignity, ready to learn and play.  Thank You! New shoes bring hope and joy to the many, many children we serve.
Here are just a few of the achievements you made possible in 2012:

We could not have reached these milestones without you, our loyal volunteers and donors. Thank You!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 15:22

Do you remember the excitement and anticipation of each new school year? The joy you felt shopping for new shoes and eagerly awaiting the first day of school so you could proudly show them off? Maybe your experience was similar to today’s deserving children in need. Despair and anxiety build at the thought of another school year where you don’t fit in and get teased and humiliated.

One in five children will find it hard to fit in at school because of their poverty. Back to school is here and you can make a difference for a child in need through Shoes That Fit by providing new shoes that allow them to attend school in comfort and with dignity, better prepared to learn and play. You can alleviate their embarrassment.

•    Your $1,000 gift helps provide shoes for an entire classroom        
•    A $100 donation will help 4 children in need of new shoes
•    Your donation of $25 can help provide one new pair of shoes and socks

You can change a child’s life - who will you help? Your gift of new shoes allows a child to simply fit in with others, making a visible sign of their poverty disappear. Torn, stinky, ill-fitting shoes tell the world that something is wrong. New shoes can inspire hope and confidence and propel a child towards success at school. A simple pair of new shoes has the power to make a child excel.  

“Dear Shoes That Fit, I want to thank you for my shoes. I am very happy, you guys helped my life. You are too kind. Sincerely, Meeko”  

Erica was a child helped by Shoes That Fit here in California. She spoke at our recent Sneaker Ball event in April 2012, where we celebrated our 20 year anniversary and the delivery of the one millionth pair of shoes. She is a high school graduate, an inspiration to her younger sister and brother and has a job that helps support her family. To Erica, shoes meant more than just shoes—this was a gift from someone she didn’t even know. Erica attributes her success to someone who cared enough to give her a simple pair of new shoes long ago.

School teacher Kathy wrote: “Just wanted to share with you the EXCITEMENT when Zeharia BOUNCED back into my classroom after she received her new shoes!! It was just heart-warming. Those shoes could not have come at a better time - I have had to hot glue her shoes together 3 times over the past week. Her new shoes arrived this afternoon. Thank you so much!”

Imagine what the future holds for a child you help. When was the last time you were able to give a life-changing gift? Maybe this will be the first time. Your continued partnership with Shoes That Fit is necessary as we work to help children in need go to school and focus on their studies rather than their circumstances. It doesn’t take much and is a truly meaningful act of kindness.

Please donate online today or call our office at 888-715-4333.  
Thank you for believing as we do that every child deserves shoes that fit.


Roni Lomeli, Executive Director

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Friday, August 10, 2012 - 08:37

Although the dog days of summer are upon us, Shoes That Fit volunteers & supporters have been busy getting ready to help children in need return to school in comfort & with dignity!

Below is a recap of some amazing work being done by our generous supporters!
* Village Marketing Group’s annual Back To School campaign which provided 300 pairs of new shoes, socks , backpacks & school supplies to children in need in Southern California

* Volunteer group at OnMedia Ad Sales in Des Moines, IA held another successful charity golf tournament in support of their Shoes That Fit chapter

* Shoes That Fit corporate partner DaVita was praised by for their efforts to help children in need in communities where their employees live & work

* Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial organization has launched a facebook fan page campaign to generously donate $1 to Shoes That Fit for each new fan on their page

* Teen actor Sam Lant celebrated his 16th Birthday with a charity event in which he collected 136 pairs of new shoes in lieu of gifts (amazing!) for donation to Shoes That Fit’s Emergency Warehouse

* The Shoe Crew, a group of SoCal teens, held charity events throughout the summer which resulted in over 2,000 pairs of new shoes collected for children in need. Click here to read more about this amazing endeavor!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 14:10

Shoes That Fit has been named Nonprofit of the Year by Claremont Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Service to the Community! There are many wonderful charitable organizations based here in Claremont, CA so Shoes That Fit is honored to have been chosen for this inaugural award. Of course, we could not continue our work without the support of our amazing volunteers & donors like you! Read all about our award here!


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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 14:49

A new campaign launched this week on Modern Woodmen of America's facebook page will benefit Shoes That Fit with a donation up to $10,000! Modern Woodmen, a fraternal financial services organization, will donate $1 to Shoes That Fit for every new 'Like' they receive on their fan page. The goal is to reach 10,000 fans by the end of 2012. Here's how you can help:

  • Visit and 'LIKE' the page. That's it!
  • You can also spread the word to your facebook friends to help us reach the $10,000 goal. Help children in need receive new shoes through Shoes That Fit with a simple click of your mouse!
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