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Foundation Thanks CUs for the Success of Soles for Change on DE Day
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:00 AM

Soles for Change group
Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation celebrates DE Day of Service, June 14, with a thank-you Sole-A-Bration at the Plano office on June 14.

A very special thank you to everyone—every individual, credit union, and chapter that made DE Day, June 14, such a rousing success. Thanks to you, the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation collected more than75 bags, or 1,900 pairs, of shoes.

In particular, the Foundation would like to recognize the efforts of:

  • Amplify CU
  • 1st Community CU
  • Catalyst Corporate FCU
  • Combined FCU
  • Communication FCU
  • Concho Valley CU
  • CPS IBEW FCU
  • DPS CU
  • East Texas Chapter
  • Electric Cooperatives FCU
  • Kelly Community FCU
  • Muskogee FCU
  • People’s Trust FCU
  • Qualtrust CU
  • Resource One CU
  • Unit One CU
  • Tarrant County’s CU
  • San Angelo Chapter
  • Southwest Financial FCU
  • Telco Plus CU
  • Texas Trust CU
  • TruService Community FCU

Soles for ChangeSoles for Change

Why so much excitement about collecting shoes? It's all about the purpose. The Foundation's shoe drive (via Soles for Change, a Credit Unions Care initiative), helps Funds2Orgs collect shoes, which are shipped to countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

Soles for ChangePeople living in poverty around the world would rather make a sustainable living wage than receive charity. They prefer a hand-up, rather than a hand-out. This holds true for the credit union philosophy of people helping people. Funds2Orgs help create micro entrepreneurs:  families (mothers and fathers) are able to create their first businesses and earn a living wage for their children. Families have gone from earning as little as $2 a day, which is extreme poverty, to over $60 a day. That is a living wage.

Not only are these shoes helping families make a living around the world, they are also helping the environment. Have you ever thought about what happens to the shoes thrown away in the garbage? Annually, in the United States alone, over 600 million shoes end up in landfills. With our shoe drive, we have a way to repurpose shoes so this does not happen.

Together, we do make a difference.