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Shoe Donation Part of United Way's Day of Action

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Shoe Donation Part of United Way's Day of Action

By Stacy Engebretson. CREATED Jun 16, 2014

Green Bay, WI -- Do you have the desire to volunteer, but you aren't sure how to connect with local groups looking for help? The United Way is providing a perfect opportunity for you to serve your community through the 2nd annual Day of Action. On June 21st, you're invited to join hundreds of community members in performing service projects, but for some groups the giving has already begun.

It's a special delivery to Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center in Green Bay. The center is a place where children go to report abuse or neglect and begin their recovery.

"Rather than having to go to a lot of different places and tell their story over and over again, they come to one place that feels safe to them," said Center Director Susan Lockwood.

Willow Tree staff conduct recorded interviews with victims, perform medical evaluations and offer counseling all in a home-like atmosphere. The center has a closet of donated clothing, but they recently noticed a new need.

"We seemed to have some children who were coming in whose shoes were in pretty poor condition, as in probably weren't even safe for them to wear anymore," said Lockwood.

When CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brown County got word, they jumped into action. Both agencies work with abused and neglected children, so a shoe donation drive seemed like a perfect fit.

"It makes you feel good to be able to do some little thing like donate a pair of shoes," said Connie Greenawald, Executive Director of CASA of Brown County. 

The collection is CASA's service project for the United Way's Day of Action.

"We're utilizing the event to create more awareness and rally volunteers around meeting unmet needs in our community," explained Amanda Schmidt, United Way Marketing and Special Events Manager.

Whether it's donating food to a pantry or books to Literacy Green Bay, CASA hopes their contribution will fill a need and help ease the hurt.    

"I think it's just a fabulous idea," said Greenawald. 

Lockwood adds, "We're very grateful that CASA has done this."

Last year, people took part in 20 different service projects in Brown County. The United Way hopes to top that on June 21st.

Click here for more information on how to get involved.