All children should start school on equal footing.

First Day Shoe Fund is dedicated to providing new athletic shoes to school-age children in Kalamazoo County who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. We’re a nonprofit that believes all children should start school on equal footing.

“After students received their new pair of shoes, I saw an improvement in their overall confidence. They walked into the classroom with their heads up and smiles on their faces. They were excited to show their peers and truly felt good about themselves. This program provided the opportunity for ALL of my students to FEEL pride.”

Mrs. B., Kindergarten

What we're up to

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Our office will close at 3pm today as staff takes part in a meeting with Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist on his "Thriving Cities" tour. We will have the chance to discuss issues facing our communities and how to improve quality of life in Michigan's Urban Centers. We apologize for the inconvenience and are still available via email at andrea@firstdayshoefund.org

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⭐️Volunteer testimony!⭐️ Thanks so much for the kind words Karen, but we all know it’s our volunteers who are the true superstars!

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#MeetOurTeam Christa Molter Board Member, PR/Marketing Committee Chair One of our newest board members, Christa is an active mom of three, wife of a Tiny House Building Entrepreneur, and Personal & Executive Coach. They love spending time outside as a family, and Christa loves serving her clients and customers for enriching and engaging experiences. "I volunteer with the FDSF because I believe that each human is only limited in their abilities by their confidence and beliefs in themselves. By serving our younger population to build confidence, to have ‘equal footing’ to others, is a critical step in their development as I think about their personal growth and how one day, they will be contributing members of our community."

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OMG we had so much fun at the @onewellbrewing block party! We also raised $678 from party goers like our new friend Todd from @tlg_mechanical. He challenged Chris from One Well to match his donation, and together, they sponsored an entire classroom of kids! BIG thanks to the crew at One Well (always amazing) and all of you who came out to support this wonderful community. ❤️😍🥰❤️

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See you soon! We’re at the @onewellbrewing block party all day. 🍻♥️

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Sometimes $100 is a lot to give. But did you realize that a donation of just $10/month=$120/year?! You can increase your impact on First Day Shoe Fund and decrease the impact on your wallet by becoming a monthly donor. Sign up at firstdayshoefund.org/giving and check the box that says "Make this a monthly donation". #StepUpForKids #FirstDayShoeFund #MonthlyGiving #IMPACT #lovewhereyoulive #makeadifference #nonprofit #kalamazoo

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#ThankYouThursday

Our Impact

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shoes distributed to students since 2006
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shoes distributed in 2018 - a new record!
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school districts served in 2018