EASTON — In partnership with Soles4Souls Inc., the Maryland Bankers Association’s Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance is collecting used shoes to help fight poverty.
As the council’s official 2014 Philanthropy Initiative, the used shoe drive is running from Feb. 10 to May 1 at participating bank branches and organizations throughout Maryland. Local banks include Easton Bank and Trust on Idlewild Avenue in Easton, three National Bank of Cambridge and three Queenstown Bank of Maryland locations.
The Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance Philanthropy mission is giving back to the Maryland community through leadership and inspiration, according to an MBA news release.
The goal of the initiative is to have bank branches throughout the state participate in the 2014 used shoe drive to collect 25,000 pairs of used shoes. In the first six weeks of the drive, 308 participating bank branches and organizations have pledged a total of 17,470 pairs of used shoes, two-thirds of the way to reaching the council’s goal, according to the release.
Soles4Souls is an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts, including the distribution of new shoes and clothing. The used shoes collected from this drive will be sent to the Soles4Souls processing center, where they will convert every pair of shoes collected into a value-added social currency to achieve positive change, both humanitarian and economic, according to the news release.
To join the effort, visit the Soles4Souls website at www.GiveShoes.org to find the nearest donation location. Visit www.mdbankers.com to follow the progress of the Maryland banking industry reaching their goal of collecting 25,000 pairs of used shoes.
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