We learned recently of an upcoming free shred event for Fairfax County residents in Virginia. Residents can take up to five boxes of personal papers to shred.
Do you shred your documents at home or how do you protect your identity?
Below is more information from the county’s website.
The Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program will be sponsoring one secure document shredding event in each supervisory district per calendar year. Shredding is a free service for Fairfax County residents.
Oct. 22 – North County Human Services Center, 1850 Cameron Glen Dr., Suite 600, Reston, VA 20190
Residents are limited to shredding a maximum of five medium-sized packing boxes of paper per household. This service is intended for shredding documents of a personal or sensitive nature such as tax documents, medical or financial records. Junk mail, newspapers, magazines and other forms of paper can be recycled through your normal recycling collection service.
Please remove all paper from binders and remove all paper clips, binder clips and rubber bands. This event is for paper document shredding only, we will not be able to accept information stored on film or computer discs for destruction.
Today, marks the beginning of Soles4Souls’ National Barefoot Week 2011. In short, it’s a week where thousands of people across the country are joining the cause, raising awareness about the millions of people, world-wide that go barefoot, and doing something about it. As a part of the week, Soles4Souls is distributing over 50,000 pairs of shoes in several cities across the United States.
As many of you know, I traveled with Soles4Souls in January 2011 to distribute shoes to children in Haiti. It was absolutely a life-changing experience. As I see it, with most charities, your funds go in their doors and you never realize the impact your support may provide. This is how Soles4Souls is unique as a charity. With the Travel4Souls opportunity, I was able to experience the extreme need in Haiti. Not simply through photos, or a video, but I was there! I gave sweat equity in carrying shoe boxes to the distribution sites, I jumped rope with children living in orphanages, and I washed the feet of children who received shoes from Soles4Souls. I participated in making a difference and I was a direct witness how they’re impacting and changing lives. I look forward to going back. I plan to travel again in January 2012 with a group of professional organizers.
Although this video doesn’t really do it justice, it does capture the need for shoes and the joy of the people that receive them:
If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of something greater than yourself, I highly encourage you to think about going on a trip. You can find out complete information as well as a list of their upcoming trips by visiting their website.
Visiting the Soles4Souls blog, I was able to read about their exiting events for Barefoot week. Here’s just a few.
“National Barefoot Day,” which will take place on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, will kick off various events across the country.Our first U.S. distribution of 2011 Barefoot Week will take place in Detroit.
On “Barefoot Thursday,” June 2, Soles4Souls Founder & CEO Wayne Elsey and staff will go barefoot as well as challenge all members of the press to go barefoot for at least four consecutive hours during the week and report on its effects to their viewers. Thursday’s distribution will be happening in St. Louis.
For “Barefoot Friday,” June 3, folks in need in the Boston area will receive shoes.
“Barefoot Saturday” and “Barefoot Sunday,” June 4 and 5, offers unique opportunities for congregations to remove their shoes and walk out of worship services barefoot. The efforts of participating congregations will go toward helping put shoes on the feet of barefoot children around the world. Visit www.barefootsunday.com to learn more.
On “Barefoot Monday,” June 6, we will be in Los Angeles delivering shoes and on “Barefoot Tuesday,” June 7th, we will head south to Atlanta to deliver footwear.
THIS WEEK, I would challenge you to tell at least one person about Soles4Souls. They’ve even provided you with a list of 10 ways you can help spread the word about the 300 million children around the world who’ve never owned a pair of shoes.
Which will you do? Please share your selection in the comments section below and join me and Soles4Souls to accomplish their mission of changing the world, one pair at a time.
The three-phase makeover of the Dress for Success boutique began in December 2010. Scott Roewer of Solutions by Scott & Company is orchestrating the design and layout of the new Boutique giving each room its own feel and providing an organized shopping experience for Dress for Success clientele. Scott and several stylists from Style for Hire performed clothing edits on December 9th and January 28th. In mid-January, the boutique was freshly painted and new carpet was installed. Once the studio is completly reorganized, Scott and his colleagues from Style for Hire will return and give the Dress for Success clients a personalized styling experience, readying them for interviews and career success. In the photos posted in this post, you can see the makeover from the beginning to the end in one of the five rooms they organized.
Two Volunteer Organizers Hard at Work
This portion of the makeover was made possible by the generous support and donations of elfa® the awesome organization systems from The Container Store. The Container Store sent two of their awesome employees to help install the shelving.
Solutions by Scott & Company firmly believes in giving back to the community which is why we have volunteered our time, expertise and care to provide the boutique at Dress for Success a complete makeover, enabling the organization to better serve the individuals in the community.
Professionally Organized & Ready to Go!
If you ever have any professional business attire that is current fashion, and in great condition, please consider donating to Dress for Success. Men can donate their dress clothing to Career Gear. Find a location near you.
Do you have a favorite place to donate your gently used clothing? We’d love to hear about it.
Many of you know that I traveled to Haiti in January with the amazing non-profit charity Soles4Souls to help distribute shoes to children. Experiencing life in Haiti with these beautiful people was truly heartbreaking.
It was also a life changing experience. Upon returning to DC, I started collecting shoes for Soles4Souls. It was my hope to do a city wide shoe collection and involve schools, churches and neighborhood groups. However, my massive shoe collection has come to a screeching halt because neither myself or Soles4Souls were able to secure a storage location where community groups could drop off the shoes they collected.
Wait, where's my living room?
WUSA9 digital correspondent, Linsdey Mastis did a story on the evening news on March 7th. Although the news story didn’t help secure a storage location, many people brought me more shoes. I now have over 6,000 pairs of shoes in my condo. That’s why the news called me a hoarder. I guess if I’m going to hoard it might as well be for a good cause.
Please watch the news video and leave a comment if you have any last minute connections that can help secure a drop off location. If not, I’ll be shipping the shoes off to the Soles4Souls warehouse before the end of March.
Solutions by Scott has joined forces with Style for Hire to take part in giving the Dress for Success Washington D.C. Boutique a professional makeover! Dress for Success is an organization providing suits and professional attire for underprivileged women with the goal of spurring their professional success. Scott Roewer, of Solutions by Scott, is also a stylist for Style for Hire, a style-consulting firm operating as a division of Solutions by Scott and Stacy London’s Style for Hire which aims to boost clients’ morale by allowing their own spirit and confidence to shine through by styling their wardrobes and organizing their closets.
Scott inspecting the clothes in the DFS closet.
The three-phase makeover of the Dress for Success boutique began in December 2010. Solutions by Scott is orchestrating the design and layout of the new Boutique giving each room its own feel and providing an organized shopping experience for Dress for Success clientele. Scott and several stylist from Style for Hire performed the first clothing edit on December 9th, with a second clothing edit performed on January 28th. In mid January, the boutique was freshly painted and new carpet was installed. Upon completion of the remodeling, Scott and the Style for Hire consultants will return and give the Dress for Success clients a personalized styling experience readying them for interviews and career success.
The boutique makeover was made possible by generous support and donations from The Container Store. Scott added, “We’re so very lucky to have a partner like the Container Store. Their elfa® closet system is perfect for the unique space found at Dress for Success. We were able to design a custom space that will last forever.” We recommend you visit The Container Store nearest you to receive 30% off of their elfa® organization solutions through February 15, 2011.
Solutions by Scott firmly believes in giving back to the community which is why we have volunteered our time, expertise and care to provide the boutique at Dress for Success a complete makeover, enabling the organization to better serve the individuals in the community.
As many of you know, tomorrow (January 5, 2011) I am headed to Haiti, forgoing a typical winter vacation, so I can distribute shoes to orphans. I’m traveling with the amazing organization, Soles4Souls, an international shoe charity that collects, recycles and reuses shoes from footwear companies and the general public.
While in Haiti, we will be staying at the Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) compound in Port-au-Prince (PAP). We will visit Cite Soleil, a suburb of PAP, noted as the poorest slum in the entire Western Hemisphere. Poverty here is indescribable. There are no public services, and the roads are barely passable.
Nearly 300,000 people live in the area of approximately 2 square miles. The area is viewed as a difficult place to work; hence few non-government organizations, or other services are available here.
This is a typical street in Blanchard
Next we’ll visit Blachard (“New Land”), another suburb of PAP, located directly north of Cite Soleil closest to the PAP airport. It is the home to about 200,000 and is growing. We’ll also visit Ibo Beach, a small rural community of about 15,000 people, located 25km northwest of PAP. Finally, we’ll visit Repatriote, the newest community being built on former cropland, with the primary intention to house Haitians returning (displaced) from the Dominican Republic.
While at HOM, we’ll have about eight hours of electricity each day, powered by 23 solar panels. There is no refrigeration, air conditioning, indoor bathroom, or hot water. We will stay in the second floor of the school building, which was not damaged in the earthquake, which occurred on Jan 12, 2009. Although the conditions will be different than what I’m used to, I’ll have no room to complain.
Our itinerary will be as follows:
Day 1 – I leave DC at around 7 AM, fly to Miami where I’ll meet the other volunteers. Together we’ll board a flight to Haiti, arriving at 4 PM. We’ll board a bus, travel to HOM, eat dinner, gather for a team meeting and crawl into our bunks for bed.
Day 2 – After breakfast, we’ll have our first distribution in Blanchard for school-aged children. Following lunch we’ll have a second shoe distribution, but this one will be for infants. We’ll board a ‘tap-taps’ for a ride through downtown PAP and to view the Presidential Place. Following dinner and a team meeting, I’m sure our volunteer team will pass out from exhaustion.
Tap-taps are basically, local public transportation on four wheels. It might be a former school bus, or a pick up truck. They can be painted with beautiful exteriors, religious slogans, or have loud sound systems inside. I wonder what we’ll be riding on.
Day 3 – Following a breakfast of muffins, fruit and coffee, we’ll travel to Cite Soleil for our third shoe distribution. We’ll be working with kids in first – third grade. After lunch, we’ll give shoes to adults in Cite Soleil. Following the distributions we’ll take a bus trip through the mountains and have the opportunity to buy some gifts.
Day 4 – We’ll actually visit the beach community where we will have lunch and spend time playing with the orphans. I’m taking several toys I can leave for the children. I’ve heard from many people the beaches in Haiti are breathtaking. This will be the first time I’ve been to a beach other then one in Florida, California, or Delaware.
Day 5 – We’ll conclude our trip early in the morning and depart for the airport around 8 AM. I’ll be back in DC about 12 hours later.
I look forward to sharing more of my experience with you. It’s through the generous donations of friends, family and my clients that I am able to take this trip and provide shoes to so many people in need.
Shoes stored in the Soles4Souls Warehouse
If you’ve not donated you can still help. First, a simple click here will take you online where you can donate any tax-deductible amount you see fit. For every $1 donated = 1 person will receive a pair of shoes. Maybe if you have 10 pairs of shoes, you donate $10. Or perhaps you donate the amount of your most expensive pair of shoes in your closet? Visit this fund-raising page to help me reach my goal of touching thousands of souls.
Shoes stored in my condo - You might think I was a hoarder.
Finally, I officially kick off a Soles4Souls shoe drive in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area in late January. I’ve started collecting from clients and friends, and as you can see my condo is overrun with shoes. I hope you’ll donate your unwanted footwear to my collection and volunteer if you’re able to assist.
Thank you for your support of this mission. I couldn’t do it without you.
Soles4Souls distributes usable shoes to people in need around the world. Since being founded in 2005 by Wayne Elsey (CEO), Soles4Souls has given away more than 12 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every 7 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries, including Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and the United States.
Our friends at Diana’s Books let us know that Arlington E-Care is happening October 16th, 2010 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM at Thomas Jefferson Middle School at 125 S. Old Glebe Rd. The school is one block east of Glebe Rd. and one block south of Rt. 50. The entrance will be marked.
Arlington County continues to set the standard for the ultimate reuse/recycling event with Arlington E-Care. Arlington residents can bring the following items and they will either be reused or recycled properly. Items marked with an * have a nominal fee.
hazardous household materials
bicycles* $10 donation and the bikes go to Bikes for the World
small metal items
clothing, linens, shoes
eye glasses (for South Arlington Lyons Club)
medical equipment (Being shipped to remote locations by Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade)
Diana’s Books will be on hand accepting books, CDs, DVDs, and audio books.
For full information on Arlington E-Care download this brochure.
Donate your unwanted bike and make a difference to someone in need. Bikes for the World works to provide affordable transportation to individuals in developing countries. The bikes help these individuals get to work and school, or in providing health and education services to low-income rural people.
I’m impressed that in the first five years (January 2005 – December 2009) of their charity work. They have donated over 40,000 bicycles to 11 different countries. I have no doubt that Bikes for the World is the largest bike reuse program in the country. Visit their benefits page to view their amazing statistics.
Bikes for the World is holding two bike collection drives at local REI stores in September. Future donation locations can be found here.
Last week, I wrote about a professional organizer in Washington, DC who happened to also be a hoarder – a hoarder of denim. I’ve been collecting denim for Habitat for Humanity since April. I wanted to share this update with you. As of May 17, 2010, I’ve collected 376 pairs of jeans. In my last post, I mentioned my goal is to collect 5oo pairs total. It takes 500 pairs to insulate one entire Habitat Home.
If you live in the Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, Montgomery County or Prince Georges County in Maryland and you have jeans to donate, please leave a comment below. I’ll make arrangements to pick up the jeans or provide you my postal address for delivery or mail. You can also drop off jeans before May 23 at Vastu located at 1829 14th ST NW, Washington, DC.
Thanks for supporting this worth while adventure.
Special thanks to Steve Oatmeyer, a friend and talented graphic artist who created the denim graphic for this Declutter Your Denim Drive.
Habitat for Humanity is collecting denim for the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN® denim drive. All donated denim will be recycled into UltraTouch™ Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation for Habitat for Humanity homes. What I love is that UltraTouch™ contains no chemical irritants and requires no warning labels compared to other traditional products. There are no VOC concerns when using UltraTouch™, as it is safe for you and the environment. This makes it very easy for the volunteer Habitat home builders to install the insulation.
What recycled denim insulation looks like.
So why am I trying to collect 500 pairs of jeans you ask? It takes 500 pairs of jeans to insulate one Habitat for Humanity home. As a professional organizer who encourages people to declutter their closet, I thought, why not turn the unwanted denim of my clients into something good. I began telling clients and friends about my idea right before Earth Day. I started my efforts by posting notes on Facebook, on my Twitter profile, and emailed other members of the National Association of Professional Organizers asking everyone to donate jeans and to help me spread the word. Now I’m taking it to you, my readers.
I’ve been blessed so far with my collection efforts, but still need help to reach my goal of 500 pairs of jeans. One client donated over 50 pairs from her family. Real Estate Agent, Hub Krack told his friends and clients and dropped off 18 pairs of jeans. At the NAPO Conference in Columbus, Ohio, 67 pairs of jeans were donated by numerous organizers attending the conference. Professional Organizer Tanna Clark of Nashville, TN wrote a check to Habitat for Humanity for $125.00 to help cover the cost of shipping of the jeans and many others donated cash. One of my favorite local furniture stores, Vastu is currently accepting donations of jeans on my behalf until Sunday, May 23rd. Read more about that on their blog post, Declutter Your Denim.
Currently I have 338 pairs of jeans, but it is not enough. Can you help spread the word? Please announce it on your Facebook status. ReTweet this blog post on Twitter. Clear out your closet and donate your denim to Habitat. Comment here about recycling efforts in your community. Or, if you’re a fan of Habitat for Humanity, tell us why. If you have jeans to donate, tell me how I can reach you and I’ll schedule a pick up date or you can drop them off at Vastu.
The current denim collection in my kitchen.
I will be collecting denim until I reach 500 pairs or until August 20th, which ever comes first. Officially denim is being collected through August 20th at the following locations: