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THANK YOU to so many who made the Project 680 Foot Drive a success. In all, we collected 2,841 pairs of new socks, $850 in cash/checks and $450 in Payless Shoe Cards. On top of all of this, Rancho Cordova Rotary ended up donating $4,000 toward the Shoe Drive and Inner Wheel in Rancho Cordova was responsible for $400 out of the $850 cash/checks. Read THIS POST for more details and specific thank yous. Way to go everyone!!!!

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The Folsom Cordova Unified School District Liaison for Homeless Services has informed Project 680 of a big need for new socks and shoes for homeless students in the FCUSD. So we’re going to do a ”Foot Drive” from October 11 to November 9, 2011. Would you team up with us?

Socks:  We will be collecting NEW (not used) socks in all sizes and appropriate styles for boys and girls in grades K-12. Our goal is to collect 680 packages of socks so that each student will be able to have one week’s worth of new socks. We have word that the older students do prefer ankle socks.

Shoes:  Our goal is to collect $680 in Payless Shoe Source gift cards (or checks) in order to put shoes on the feet of students in need. These funds will support both the annual shoe drive in December and immediate needs when they arise. We DO NOT accept actual shoes because kids will pick out a size and style that fits perfectly. Checks can be made out to “Cordova Community Council” our non-profit sponsor. Read more below about why Payless Shoe Source is a great fit for us.

All socks can be dropped off at various drop-off locations listed below and tax-deductible checks can be mailed to ”Cordova Community Council” (inside Rancho Cordova City Hall) at 2729 Prospect Park Dr, Ste 117; Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (M-F 8:30am to 5pm).

LET’S JOIN HANDS TO WARM FEET 

Together we can make a difference in the lives of homeless students in our community. Not only will new socks and shoes meet a very relevant and practical need, but it will also speak volumes to students about how the community is looking out for them. Please consider getting involved.

Pancake Celebration Dinner:  Come to our Pancake Dinner Celebration on Wednesday Nov 9 2011 from 5:00-7:00pm at Rancho Cordova City Hall (2729 Prospect Park Drive Rancho Cordova CA 95670). We plan to have a celebration meal for those who donated to the Foot Drive, so come drop off your donations and enjoy a free dinner including pancakes, bacon, potatoes and eggs. Yes, this is breakfast for dinner at it’s best. We’ll provide dinner for 100 people, so first come first serve. Thank you for your donations and thank you to the Rancho Cordova Kiwanis Club and Councilmember Ken Cooley for donating all food!!

Download the “Foot Drive” flyer (pdf) HERE.

 

Some Ways to Get Involved:

1. Sock / Gift Card Goal:  Pick a socks goal or Payless Shoe Source gift card goal with your family, household, the office, church or a group of friends. Pick a number of socks you’d like to collect with a group of people (maybe 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100) and then go for it. There are certainly some creative options for generating donations or even raising money too. We’d love to hear what you’re thinking, so let us know if you’d like. Kids often come up with really good ideas too.

2. Be a Drop-off:  We are looking for a dozen or so drop-off locations in the general area. These could be households, businesses, churches or organizations. Being a “drop-off” is a great opportunity to be available for the community and to network. Tell your contacts what you are doing so they can partner with you.

3. Pancake Dinner:  Come to our community Pancake Dinner finale on November 9, 2011 from 5:00-7:00pm at Rancho Cordova City Hall at 2729 Prospect Park Drive Rancho Cordova CA 95670. Drop off any donations, meet some fellow Project 680 supporters, and enjoy a free dinner for 100 attendees!!!

4. Make a video:  Make a video to help tell people about the Project 680 Foot Drive. Tell people what you’re doing, how to get involved, or put a creative idea into motion. Post the video on our Facebook page or email us about it.

5. Graphic Design:  We are looking for a Foot Drive logo. Any graphic designers out there want to help us make a stellar logo to advertise this drive? We’d like to see a couple “Project 680 supporter” graphics too so locals can put them on blogs and websites. UPDATE: Thank you to McPeak Design for making the logo shown above. We love it!!!

6. Logistics:  We’ll need some logistical help on November 9, 2011 at our Finale Pancake Dinner such as people to serve food, set-up, clean-up, count socks, etc…

7. Other ideas: We definitely welcome your creative ideas. How can we do this together? What’s in your heart? How you can use your talents, passions and abilities for the sake of the undies drive?

8. Word of Mouth:  Tell all your friends about the Foot Drive. Email, post on your blog, share on Facebook, tweet on Twitter… This is where the grassroots power comes in. There is no paid staff with Project 680. We are simply a group of local residents getting intentional about doing something about homelessness.

NOTE: Checks can be made payable to “Cordova Community Council” with “Project 680? in the memo section for anyone wanting to make a tax-deductible financial donation.

Drop-Off Locations:
Bueno-Williams household:
Callen Pool Supply:  
Cordova Community Council:
Creations Botique:
First Covenant Church:
Ford household:
Gold River Floors – Carpet One: 
Heritage Community Credit Union
Heritage Community Credit Union
Mama Sue’s Soul Food Kitchen:
Norris household: 
O’Connor household: 
Rancho Cordova City Hall:

Contact Ryan at 916-595-335, email us at info@project680.org, follow us on Twitter @Project680 and join us for conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/project680.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What size of socks should I get? 
We are collecting for Elementary, Middle & High School students.

How many pairs of socks are you aiming to collect?
Well, we’re aiming for 680 packages of a week’s worth of socks so we can give one package to each homeless student. Basically, this means we’ll be aiming to collect about 3,000 pairs of socks.

Why Payless Shoe Source? Can I donate new shoes? 
We do an annual shoe drive every year in December and Payless Shoe Source affords us a local opportunity to invite students to pick out shoes that fit. Moroever, we get a “buy one, get one pair half off discount”. On top of that, the manager in Rancho Cordova does not charge us sales tax. We don’t get the same deal in Folsom, but hopefully that’ll change over time (Folsom, would you charge us no tax like Rancho Cordova does?) We don’t have the means to store donated shoes, and besides, foot size is such a precise thing and we should really make sure shoes fit exactly, right?

If I participate, how many pairs of socks do I have to donate?
There is not a minimum amount at all. We are very grateful for small amounts as well as larger donations. We will be appreciative of whatever you contribute and your gift will be valuable for local students.

What type of socks should I buy?
Only new socks in sealed packages or clusters will be accepted. We are collecting for K-12 and all sizes will be accepted. The older kids prefer “no show” ankle socks.

Should I buy new or used socks?
New and in a wrapper or package. We will not accept used.

Why are new socks helpful?
New socks will bless students who are documented as “homeless” in our school district, give a sense of dignity that something so basic like socks is not missing or in low supply in dresser drawers, and assist student’s families in being able to save money by not having to buy some new underwear. The obvious thing we love is that kids (the 680) will have a greater supply of underwear to choose from – and that is what cheers our hearts. Watch this video on why we focus on the foot. It’s sad to think kids were actually wearing these shoes.

Why socks and shoes? And can I donate other stuff?
Our focus is only socks and Payless gift cards right now because we were told by the District Liaison for Homeless Services from FCUSD that these would be a great emphasis. Since we were specifically told that kids need these items, we feel confident in this project. We do accept financial donations though.

Who is behind this effort?
People like you. Also, various neighborhood leaders throughout Rancho Cordova and Folsom and local organizations / businesses have volunteered to tap into their networks, be a drop-off location, or tell others about this project. This project is being spearheaded by the Project 680 team, which is comprised of an array of folks from the community in Folsom and Rancho Cordova as well as local organizations. This effort belongs to all of us. The Cordova Community Council is our 501c3 sponsor, so donor receipts are provided upon request (and provided every time money is donated). Project 680 is managed by a board of community members that consists of Ryan Lundquist, Jennifer Tartaglia, Melody Mayer, Jimin Song Shannan West, Charlene Hunt & Sheryl Longsworth.

Do I have to be a resident in Rancho Cordova or Folsom to get involved? 
Not at all. This is really a collective effort and we welcome all locals and non-locals to get involved – even if you are on the outskirts of FCUSD territory or nearby cities.

When will you know how many pairs of socks have been collected?
On November 9, 2011 from 5-7pm we are going to be hosting a Pancake Celebration (for first 100 donors) and counting party at Rancho Cordova City Hall. We’ll have some donated food, so the first 100 donors/attendees will enjoy a free breakfast for dinner (good stuff – see above). If you are not able to make it, don’t worry. We’ll post the final count on November 10th online. After the final count, we will hand over all socks to the District Liaison for Homeless Services so that her office can distribute them to local students in need (the 680).

Where can I drop them off?
We have various drop-off locations throughout the local area. “Drop-off” locations are listed above and you can drop your donations by any of the locations mentioned. If residents are not home, please drop underwear off in a “drop box” on the porch. You are welcome to knock on the door to present your donation or you can remain anonymous in your giving by simply dropping the socks in the box at the front door. If you would like to collect new socks at your work or another location, that would be great. Thank you for your kind donation.

Drop-Off Locations:
Bueno-Williams household:
Callen Pool Supply:
Cordova Community Council:
Creations Botique:
First Covenant Church:
Ford household:
Gold River Floors – Carpet One:
Heritage Community Credit Union
Heritage Community Credit Union
Mama Sue’s Soul Food Kitchen:
Norris household:
O’Connor household:
Rancho Cordova City Hall: 

Can I get a tax receipt for the donation?
Yes. Just ask us and we’ll get something to you.

What are some creative ways to raise funds in this current economic downturn?
Maybe sell something small on Craigslist and then use your profit to buy a pack of underwear. Email people in your circles and ask them to consider participating in this effort. Talk with your household and kids especially about creative ways to come up with a few dollars to make a purchase. Let your kids run with ideas on how to help other kids. Give up coffee for a few days and then use that money for underwear. As a family or household, decide together about how to get creative.

The FCUSD really looks after homeless students?
Yes. The District Liaison for Homeless Services is a paid position within the FCUSD and there is also another full-time position in the office. Additionally there are two part-time positions to help with the effort. Serving homeless students is a very real need for the District (and many other districts) in both Rancho Cordova and Folsom and is really about “leaving no child behind.” This emphasis in the District is funded by Title I money through State & Federal programs.

Can our organization or business pledge to raise a certain amount of socks?
Sure. That would be great. Just let us know.

How can I help?
Beyond donating socks or Payless gift cards, one of the most important things you can do is to let people in your circles of influence know about this effort. Tell your neighbors, family, people at work, friends, and church members. Send out an email with the following link: www.project680.org

Link to us
You can send people to this web page by linking to us from your site or blog. Make sure to use the site at www.project680.org or directly at www.project680.org/foot. You can also use the following image (or a bigger one) to link to us from your blog or website. Thank you to McPeak Design for making the logo.

Who can I contact for more information?
Contact Ryan at 916-595-335, email us at info@project680.org, follow us on Twitter @Project680 and join us for conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/project680. Please include the subject line “Project 680″ in the email so you are not deleted as SPAM.

Download the “Foot Drive” flyer (pdf) HERE.

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love” Mother Theresa

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