Shoe Drive Fundraiser

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By donating any type of gently worn, used and new shoes to the AAUW Oakland-Piedmont, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.

“We are excited to launch this shoe drive,” says Diane Rawicz, President of AAUW O-P. “We know that most of you have extra shoes in your closet you can donate to us. With your help, we can raise money for branch programs while helping families in developing nations who need economic opportunities.”

It’s a win-win for everyone. So clean out your closets now! And ask your family, friends and neighbors to donate, too.”

Our Partnership with Funds2Orgs – How It Works

AAUW Oakland-Piedmont will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected and donated to Funds2Orgs, a worldwide shoe donation fundraising organization.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise partners, helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited.

Fund2Org’s proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families.  One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

How To Arrange a Pick-Up For Your Donation

The shoe drive is set to run from August 15th through October 15th.

Please place your shoe donations in grocery bags. Then, once you – and any family, friends or neighbors – have rounded up all your donations, please contact Diane Rawicz to schedule a convenient date and time for us to come by.

Diane’s contact info is in the sidebar at the top of this page.

Thanks for your support!

Our Programs

Even during covid-19, we’re able to provide these community service programs:

  • AAUW at the Library –  We were able to donate new books to 300 students at MLK Elementary School this year, in spite of the closure of Oakland’s schools.
  •  Start SmartNormally conducted as in-person workshops, this free program can now be taken online, at your own pace, at:
  • Public Policy – The ‘Two Minute Activist’ program provides online outreach to our community on important issues and then facilitates the contacting of the appropriate legislators.  Learn more about this program at:

You can read more about all of our programs and our public policy activities at:


Public Policy:

AAUW’S Mission:

AAUW advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

The Oakland-Piedmont branch has programs supporting girls’ access to STEM learning; women and girls fighting for equity on college campuses on issues from student rape to tenure tracking for women; and provides financial support for women pursuing non-traditional careers.

The research of the 139 year old organization has been used by the US Congress to argue for and enact legislation benefiting school-aged girls and women in many different situations.