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GLOBAL RUNNING DAY

SHOE DRIVE

In support of our mission to make running more accessible for the San Diego community, PBRC is teaming up with Youth Assistance Coalition (YAC), a local 501(c)(3) organization to provide a goal of 200 shoes to youth in need. YAC’s mission is “to positively impact the lives of youth experiencing homelessness through empowerment, mentorship, and community collaboration in order to provide transformative opportunities,” with a goal of “breaking the pattern of youth homelessness.” Learn more about YAC at: https://www.yacsd.org

WHEN & WHERE WILL WE BE COLLECTING SHOES?

We will be collecting shoes beginning April 17th, through June 5th (Global Running Day). We have two location options:

  1. At PBRC group runs (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Look for volunteers next to the bin before the run.

  2. LSKD (1414 Garnet Avenue), during their business hours

WHAT KIND OF SHOES CAN I DONATE?

  • Any kind of active-wear shoe (running shoes, tennis shoes, hiking shoes, etc.). Please no flip-flops or sandals.

  • Most requested brands by youth:

    • ​Vans

    • Adidas

    • Nike

    • Puma

    • New Balance

  • New or used. If they’re used, please make sure the shoes are in good condition (i.e., no holes, no tears, no floppy soles, etc.)

  • Women’s size 6-10 (the most requested sizes are 7.5-8)

  • Men’s size 9+ (the most requested sizes are 11-13)

WHO WILL BE RECEIVING THE SHOES?

12-24 year-old homeless youth who visit YAC’s location.

WHEN & WHERE IS THE SHOE DRIVE DISTRIBUTION?

The shoes will be distributed on Thursday, June 13th at YAC’s location (1848 Commercial Street, in the Sherman Heights neighborhood near downtown). PBRC volunteers will help transport the shoes and distribute them to the youth. As part of their regular volunteering, YAC also provides dinner and hygiene kits to youth Monday through Thursday from 5 to 8 PM. PBRC volunteers will be providing these meals and serving it to drop-in youth. The meal will be prepared beforehand or ordered as take-out. If you’re interested in helping out with shoe distribution or meal service, please fill out the volunteer interest form below.

HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?

Volunteering with YAC on your own time: prepare and/or serve dinners, distribute hygiene kits, etc. Learn more about YAC’s volunteer opportunities at: https://www.yacsd.org/breaking-the-pattern/

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