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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“Shoe Golf” is harder than it looks! If you have the skills to win, you could be entered into a drawing for a @onewellbrewing #mugclub membership! Come see us at One Well’s Block Party for the Heck of It on October 19. 🍻👟

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***FLASH SALE*** We have extra totes for sale! These are great for storage in the classroom, at the office, or at home. $5+ donation/tote. Must pick up at First Day Shoe Fund office at 5416 Meredith St in Portage. Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-6pm. While supplies last, first come first served. Cash, check or credit card accepted.

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Any artists out there feeling inspired by this big, blank, chalkboard wall? We’d love to give our space a little 💥pop💫. Email andrea@firstdayshoefund.org if you’d like to make your mark on our headquarters!

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#MeetOurTeam! Andrea Macklin Executive Director Andrea and her husband Connor live in the Edison neighborhood and love being a part of the vibrant, downtown area. She has been at the helm of First Day Shoe Fund since February of this year, but brings years of experience from other Kalamazoo nonprofit partners. When she's not up to her eyebrows in children's shoes, Andrea travels with her husband, volunteers with Girls on the Run of Greater Kalamazoo , and enjoys all that this amazing city has to offer. "Seeing a child run around the room after finding shoes that fit--that's a game changer. Kids shouldn't have to be focused on basic needs like food, shelter, shoes.... they should be focused on learning and growing into tomorrow's leaders." Join us in thanking Andrea for her dedication to the students of Kalamazoo County!

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We had so much fun at our last #FDSFAfterDark volunteer event that we've opened up new dates! Check out our special evening hours and sign up here: http://ow.ly/rCLE50wGGDz

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#ThankYouThursday

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Are you a parent of a child who received shoes from First Day Shoe Fund this year? We'd love to hear from you. Email andrea@firstdayshoefund.org for more info about our parent/guardian survey.

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High five, it's Monday! Here's to a great new week. 🙏

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