Mission - Help get 1000 pairs of shoes to LA's homeless population.
Time commitment - 1 hour on Saturday.
Using my new LAWorks membership and their awesome events calendar (which I highly recommend every charity adopt) I found Shoes for the Homeless, Inc. in my area. They needed volunteers to sort new or gently used shoes for the homeless on a Saturday.
Shoes for the Homeless was founded by Ira Goldbery, a Los Angeles podiatrist who has been in practice for 30 years. Ira works with the homeless regularly, and has seen many injuries caused by the lack of proper footwear.
Ira is extremely organized. I got two emails confirming my involvement with the shoe sorting. When I showed up to sort shoes he gave me a quick 1 minute briefing. That was it. Then the 15 other volunteers, and I matched shoes, rubber banded matching pairs, and then sorted them by type.
In truth a bit of a ruckus did break out over whether certain types of ladies shoes were work appropriate or more suited to evening wear. I tried to stay out of it because I'm known to be inappropriate often.
It was over in a flash, and the shoes ready to be distributed to the estimated 58,000 homeless in LA via shelters like the Midnight Mission.
Side note - The number of homeless Veterans in LA surged by 23% last year. I need to work with a homeless veterans group. If anyone knows one please send suggestions through my Facebook page.