The NETWORK of Community Ministries, in partnership with the City of Richardson, today celebrated the launch of the “Gathering Soles for NETWORK” shoe drive (photo attached). During this afternoon’s ceremony, the Richardson City Council joined members of NETWORK to donate the first pairs of children’s shoes – officially launching the campaign that will run through Nov. 21.
The “Gathering Soles for NETWORK” shoe drive is being held in conjunction with “Ask Not…the Dallas County Day of Service,” which is bringing communities throughout Dallas County together to honor the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death.
“We are proud at the City to partner with the NETWORK of Community Ministries to address a significant need,” Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka said. “NETWORK has helped so many people in need in our community, through the food pantry, assistance through Seniors’ Net and so many other services. We heard of a need from our friends at NETWORK, and this particular project is a fantastic way for the Richardson community to take part in the larger Dallas County Day of Service.”
Members of the Richardson community are asked to donate new or gently used shoes to NETWORK Nov. 1-21. NETWORK is working with local houses of worship to create drop off locations. Most City facilities will also serve as collection points, as will the NETWORK main office at 741 S. Sherman St. Donation receptacles will be located at the following municipal facilities:
- All Richardson Fire Stations (various; visit cor.net)
- City Hall /Civic Center (411 W. Arapaho Rd.)
- Gymnastics Center (300 E. Arapaho Rd.)
- Heights Recreation Center (711 W. Arapaho Rd.)
- Huffhines Recreation Center (200 N. Plano Rd.)
- Richardson Animal Shelter (1330 Columbia Dr.)
- Richardson Police Dept. (140 N. Greenville Ave. – main lobby)
- Richardson Public Library (900 Civic Center Dr.)
- Richardson Senior Center (820 W. Arapaho Rd.)
- Richardson Service Center (1260 Columbia Dr.)
- Sherrill Park Golf Course (2001 E. Lookout Dr.)
Other sponsors of the Shoe Drive include: Methodist Richardson Medical Center; Richland College; Richardson Girl Scout Troops 2120, 2477 and 9409; and the University of Texas at Dallas Office of Student Volunteerism. Each of the partner agencies has also placed bins at their facilities to collect shoes.
Shoes that are donated will be distributed to families through the Richardson-North Dallas Family Clothing Center, operated by NETWORK. Through the program, impoverished families are able, at no cost, to select clothing and shoes. A particular need is shoes for children of all ages, from babies through teenagers.
“The Gathering Soles for NETWORK program will do so much to help our organization and all of our clients in the Richardson community,” said NETWORK Board President Chris Barnes. “Good shoes allow children to go to school and their parents to go to work. Thank you so much to the City of Richardson and our other partners for their support in addressing this great need.”
NETWORK of Community Ministries, founded in 1985, serves families and individuals in Richardson and the surrounding areas of Dallas County, including parts of Dallas and Garland. More than 46,000 individuals receive assistance each year.
(Click here to download the Gathering Soles for NETWORK poster.)
About “Ask Not… the Dallas County Day of Service”
“Ask Not… the Dallas County Day of Service” was launched by the Office of the Dallas County Judge on February 1, 2013 and encourages all Dallas County municipalities to organize, implement, and perform service projects in their respective areas on Thursday, November 21, 2013, that honor the life and legacy of President Kennedy and highlight the strength and diversity of Dallas County.
About NETWORK of Community Ministries
NETWORK is a non-denominational, community-based organization based in Richardson, Texas and has a service area encompassing fourteen zip codes in Dallas County. The agency responds to needs by giving assistance with the goal of helping individuals achieve long-term independence. Its mission is “caring, coaching and empowering neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life.” The organization was founded in 1985, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.
About the City of Richardson
The City of Richardson is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence, its rich history and its bright future, all of which make Richardson a smart choice for residents and businesses. Known globally for its high-tech business leadership, the City of Richardson also offers a high quality of life, diverse array of neighborhoods, convenient Metroplex location, multi-modal transportation infrastructure and outstanding City services. Richardson has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top places to live and work by the national media, and the City remains dedicated to continuous improvement, as well as to the principles of open government and two-way communications with residents. To learn more, visit cor.net.