Here at Earth shoes, we really care about your health. From the soles we help put on your feet to the recipes and health tips we provide here on the blog, we constantly hope to provide you with the information and tools you need to live a healthy, happy lifestyle. Giving back is essential to everything we do and on every team at our company, from the shoe designers to the communicators.
Our company also promotes and helps others achieve a healthy lifestyle in another way: through volunteerism. If you’ve worked with a community organization before, you know how rewarding it is to selflessly give to those in need (while having a little fun in the process!).
In April of this year, one of our account executives, Julie Herman, spent her Wednesday volunteering at Northwest Harvest, a non-profit organization that functions as Washington State’s statewide hunger relief agency. Northwest Harvest strives to end hunger in Washington by supporting local food banks, providing nutritious, healthful food to those in need, and promoting good health. In fact, Northwest Harvest distributes food to a network of over 370 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools statewide!
Here’s what Julie had to say about her experience:
April is Footwear Cares month in the shoe industry, and I chose to volunteer again this year at Northwest Harvest in Kent, Washington. I am proud to have represented Earth Brands to help families in need. This year, approximately 50 volunteers packed beans and boxed grapefruit. As a bean bagger, I helped bag 5,000 pounds of beans in less than two hours – those 5,000 pounds equals 3,846 meals for people in need! The 12,726 pounds of grapefruit also came out to 9,789 meals. It’s such a rewarding feeling to know that a few hours of my time can have such an impact on our community.
Footwear Cares month is run by Two-Ten, a charitable foundation offering financial assistance, counseling, community resources, and scholarships to those working in the footwear industry and beyond. They organize Footwear Cares month to give back to the greater community. Neil Newman, Two-Ten President, as well as other shoe industry representatives from Nordstrom and Washington Shoe Company all participated in the Northwest Harvest event (just to name a few).
The shoe industry is constantly growing, and with it grows our ability to give back to the community in more ways than one. We look forward to facilitating more opportunities to provide a healthy lifestyle to those who need it most – and to each and every one of our loyal followers at Earth Shoes!