Imagine you and your family live in poverty. You’ve been offered a position at a local manufacturing facility. Your starting rate of pay will keep you in poverty, but you know, once hired in your destiny will change. This would fill you with a sense of hope for my future and a road map out of poverty. Now imagine, the only barrier to you taking this job is a pair of steel toed work boots which can cost over $100, and you don’t have the necessary funds saved up to purchase this piece of safety equipment.
In Calhoun County, Charitable Union works to remove this barrier with our Workforce Development Program. We provide individuals in need with a new or gently used pair of steel toed boots free of charge. In order to qualify for our program, you must have a letter of hire from one of our many manufacturing facilities or staffing agencies spread throughout the county. This program started as a donation only program over a decade ago, meaning that the only way we could serve someone, was if we already had their size in stock.
We have grown this program through grant dollars, to the point where we were able to serve 886 people last year with a pair of boots and didn’t have to turn anyone away due to low stock. With the outbreak of COVID, we have not been able to secure the levels of funding needed to ensure this program continues at its current volume. With many returning to work we have already seen over 200 pairs go out since July 1st. You can help people find a path out of poverty by supporting this essential program. Without your support, this program could be in danger of being reduced back to a donation service. Please help to ensure no one is turned away and that we can serve as many people as we possibly can this year!
About Charitable Union:
Charitable Union has been a vital member of the community for the last 133 years, serving Calhoun County residents in need with clothing, bedding, small household items, steel toed work boots, period products, and baby formula free of charge. Last year we managed to serve just shy of 10,000 people with 426,000 items valued at over 2 million dollars. Your donations support these programs and ensure the continuation of the great work we are doing in our community. By choosing to support Charitable Union, you are providing Help that Brings Hope to families living in your community!