Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce Launches Shoe Drive Fundraiser
Latrobe, PA – Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Funds2Orgs to conduct a shoe drive fundraiser beginning on August 3, 2020. The GLLV Chamber will earn funds based on the total weight of the gently worn, used and new pairs of shoes collected. Those dollars raised will benefit the GLLV Chamber and their educational programs. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at The Neighborhood Visitor and Information Center located at 811 Ligonier Street in Latrobe.
All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs to create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.
"We are excited about our shoe drive," said Briana Tomack, GLLV Chamber President. "Most people have extra shoes in their closets that they are not wearing anymore and can be donated to this project. By doing so, we raise money for the chamber so we can continue to provide services to our local business community, we are keeping shoes out of landfills, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone.”
By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the GLLV Chamber, the shoes will be given a second chance, stay out of landfills, and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.
The mission of the Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce is:
· To serve as an advocate for area businesses and industries.
· To promote a vibrant economic climate in which businesses can prosper.
· To foster an unsurpassed quality of life for the benefit of all of our neighbors.
· To encourage the attraction of new jobs, and the smart growth and development of our communities.
· To sustain informed, enlightened, and energetic leadership to address our area's future needs.
The Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce receives its financial support from the voluntary memberships of businesses, industries, professionals, and other organizations and individuals in the community. A number of these members also opt to become actively involved through the chamber in projects and programs that have positive community impact and benefit for our members.