By Travis Mounts, TSnews
CHENEY – The Cheney Methodist Church has started a shoe drive to help people in Third World countries and to raise money for the new building that is going up on the corner of Lincoln Street and Fourth Avenue.
The church has not done a fundraiser like this before, said member Brooke Young.
“This is a brand new event. I did some research on unusual fundraising projects and found this,” she said.
The 60-day campaign is aimed at collecting used, gently worn shoes or new shoes. The church will get paid for each bag of 25 pairs of shoes collected, and the pay increases as the number of bags increase. The goal is raise around $2,000.
It also is a service campaign, Young said. The effort helps keep shoes out of landfills.
The shoes go to Florida for cleaning and needed repairs. They are then sent to other countries, where they will be sold by microenterprise partners. A microenterprise is a small business, generally with nine or fewer employees. They often are called microbusinesses, as well. Internationally, most microenterprises are family operations with only one or two employees.
This helps provide shoes to people at an economical price, Young said.
“The main mode of transportation (in these countries) is walking,” she said. Quality shoes make it much easier to get to work and other places. The operation of collecting the shoes is called Funds2Orgs.
The metal structure for the church’s new building is now up. It went up in just a few days.
Young said work is now taking place on the interior. The goal is to be done in time for Easter services. The main chapel will remain in place, while the new building provides a new fellowship hall, kitchen and classrooms. It will be a multi-use venue. The vote to proceed with the new building took place early in 2022.
“We’re excited,” Young said. “We’ll be able to provide a lot more space for the organizations in the community to use.”
Organizations that call Cheney Methodist Church home include a Boy Scout troop, a Girl Scout troop, the Vinita 4-H Club, the Good News Club.