Oakland residents are invited to recycle shoes and support local organization. Second shoe drive of the season.
USAgain, a local textile recycling company has joined forces with the Christopher LaVell Jones foundation, a well known Oakland based organization that provides community and advocacy services to the families of murder victims in the area, in an effort to raise more funds for the Chris Jones’ memorial scholarship fund and camp activities.
After the overwhelming response from our successful shoe drive in July, where we collected 600 pairs of shoes, we are hosting our second drive. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, at the Seventh Ave Baptist Church, 1740 7th Ave Oakland, CA 94606.
“The Christopher LaVell Jones is delighted to partner with USAgain to help save the environment and provide additional resources to our community” said Brenda Grisham, Executive Director of the Christopher Lavell Jones Foundation.
This is one of the many community initiatives USAgain has partnered with including local park clean ups and tree planting. “We are very excited to be hosting this drive again and give the community a convenient option to dispose of surplus shoes,” said Tobin Costen, Division Manager, USAgain. “This campaign raised funds that directly benefited Christopher LaVell Jones Foundation and were used to provide college sponsorships and summer camp activities. The additional advantage of diverting shoes from the waste stream made this a win-win for everyone. We’re looking forward to repeating that success again,” adds Mr. Costen.
According to data from Recyclebank, approximately 300 million pairs of shoes are sent to landfills annually. At the very least, a shoe found in a landfill takes 50 years to break down, and it’s often much longer than that (hundreds or thousands of years). Every shoe diverted from landfills reduces carbon emissions and prevents harmful chemical waste in the environment.
Organizers are aiming to collect 3,000 pairs of shoes at this one-day shoe drive. The community is invited to participate in the collection drive and help the cause. “We are asking community members to step up to help achieve our goal.” added Mr. Costen.
USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, USAgain is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills. USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.
About Christopher Lavell Jones Foundation
To meet the evolving needs of the community by creating and cultivating a threshold for life changing experiences by way of an organized expressive performing arts curriculum, as well as an innovative, educative platform that will enable, foster, and drive individual potential within the served community. For more information, visit http://www.christopherlavelljonesfoundationinc.org/index.html