Organizers from the Northern New Jersey (“NNJ”) chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-NNJ) will be distributing new shoes at the Newark Now’s Super Summer Kick-Off on July 5th, 2012 at the Essex County Riverfront Park in Newark.
Last Fall NAPO and the Soles4Souls charity teamed up for the NAPO Challenge. NAPO chapters and individual organizers were challenged to collect a total of 100,000 pairs of new and gently used shoes for the charity. NAPO organizers collected... and collected... and collected as shoes piled up in garages, on front porches, and in cars around northern New Jersey while participants counted the seemingly endless supply. The 100,000 pair goal was reached in just six months. By NAPO’s annual conference in March, members had collected more than 168,000 pairs of shoes—the most shoes ever donated from a nonprofit organization to Soles4Souls.
The highly organized collection effort here in NJ led the chapter to win the national challenge with a collection total of over 20,000 pairs. To recognize NAPO-NNJ’s win, Soles4Souls awarded NAPO-NNJ several hundred pairs of new children’s shoes for a distribution event of their choice. NAPO-NNJ chose Newark Now, founded by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, which partners with municipal government, residents, grassroots organizations, and the philanthropic community to catalyze the achievement of significant positive outcomes throughout the city.
Distribution will be from 11 am to 1 pm.
For more information on NAPO-NNJ please visit www.naponnj.org.