Giving Corner

Consider volunteering this month for Footwear Cares.

Since 2013, Two Ten Footwear Foundation has engaged more than 15,000 shoe people from footwear companies across the country to help disadvantaged children and their families in the communities where we live and work. With 1 in 5 children in the U.S. currently living in poverty and food insecure, our collective work to impact this vulnerable population is needed more than ever.

The vision for Footwear Cares® is to actively engage our entire workforce, as an inspiring and widely-recognized national model of industry-wide philanthropy and corporate social responsibility unlike any other in America.

The goal is to help build a stronger and deeper culture of volunteerism and commitment to community service, that excites and engages your organization and improves the lives of disadvantaged children and their families.

Our industry’s call to action is Footwear Cares®.

Find your local volunteer event details here


I recently attended a luncheon for Impact NW. One of the speakers shared an inspiring story of how a small group of employees decided to do something to benefit our immense homeless population here in Portland, OR.

They created Impact Kits, a simple and easy way to directly help those with immediate needs. Assemble basic necessities into a bag, hand them out. Pretty simple, right?

And then she started talking about the unexpected benefits of employees from diverse departments and job functions coming together to work on this project as a team. Boosting morale, diminishing tensions and providing perspective for a larger cause in the community.

Recruiter brain ah-ha moment! I’m not saying we should set aside altruistic motives for selfish ambitions but there’s certainly some benefit when a diverse group of employees work together for the greater good. Maybe your community is faced with a similar problem. Or maybe you want to create a new project that’s specific to your city. Either way, I hope this inspires you to assemble your own team in your home community.

Instructions on how to assemble your own Impact Kits here

Need more info?
Contact Impact NW:



The Junior League of Portland is hosting our 6th annual Delicates Driveto benefit survivors of Human Trafficking. We are urging you to consider donating new undergarments of any size, style and quantity.

Why? When survivors are rescued, they are asked to surrender their undergarments as evidence. Organizations who provide immediate & long-term care lack the resources to provide these essential items. As a result, survivors are left without the basics; something most of us take for granted. The JLP will distribute donations to recipient organizations that include: Janus YouthSARCA Village for OneRose Haven, & Rahab’s Sisters.

Last year the JLP collected over 2,000 pairs of bras and panties. Our goal is to double that number in 2018.

The Delicates Drive will be held January 11th - February 11th, 2018. Please don’t delay in making a meaningful impact.


For more information on how to donate, contact:

Our Delicates Drive was a smashing success!
Find out more here