How Your Used Shoes Can Fight Poverty and Exploitation Worldwide!

Joel Roberts, California Regional Donation Center Manager for Soles4Souls pictured in center.

This week, host, Opal Singleton will interview Joel Roberts from Soles4Souls, an organization that collects new and gently worn shoes to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes around the world. Joel is the Regional Donation Center Manager for the warehouse located in Riverside, California. It is the ONLY donation center in the entire state of California.

Since 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed over 30 million pairs of shoes in 170 countries and all 50 states in the United States. And, they have kept 51 million pounds of shoes and clothing out of landfills and instead created opportunities for people in need around the globe.

Soles4Souls fights global poverty in two distinct ways:

Free Distribution – New shoes help prevent debilitating diseases, allow children to attend school, and offer hope and dignity to those in need around the world. In addition, they provide shoes and clothing to people impacted by hurricanes, tsunamis, fire, floods, earthquakes and other disasters.

Job Creation – Soles4Souls helps those devastated by poverty start and sustain small businesses through their micro-enterprise program. Soles4Souls provides a steady supply of repurposed shoes and clothing to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations where there are few ways to generate income.

Through something as simple as cleaning out your closet and donating shoes you no longer wear, you can change someone’s life!

Interested in hosting a Shoe Drive or volunteering in the warehouse?

Joel Roberts, 
Regional Donation Center Manager – CA 
(951) 836-7341

2111 Atlanta Ave., Suite 3 
Riverside, CA 92507

Join us Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:00am PST on Voice America Variety Channel or access the archived show on as host, Opal Singleton, and Joel Roberts talk about how fighting poverty can also keep vulnerable individuals from becoming exploited.


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