The Joy of Sox earns Top-Rated Nonprofit from GreatNonprofits

The Joy of Sox earns 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit award from GreatNonprofits
The Joy of Sox earns 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit award from GreatNonprofits

This is really super!  The Joy of Sox recently qualified for a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award.

The award, from GreatNonprofits.org, is a great honor that is given less than 10% of eligible nonprofits.

A special thanks to all our donors, board members and volunteers who helped, and continue to help, make us a get nonprofit!

(clicking on the image will take you to our GreatNonprofit page)

 

 

 

Sock Drives

Three of the Moms at Shir Ami Synagog in Newtown, PA who helped organize a sock drive to provide new socks for the homeless for The Joy of Sox

Conducting sock drives is a fun activity and a great way to both raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and the problems they have from not having new socks.

Sock drives can be held in your school, church, workplace, favorite store…or anyplace.

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The Joy of Sox earns GuideStar’s Silver Seal

The Joy of Sox earned GuideStar's Silver Participation level
The Joy of Sox earned GuideStar’s Silver Participation level

This is really a great thing!

Today The Joy of Sox received the GuideStar Exchange’s Silver Participant level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc, the premier source of nonprofit information.  This level demonstrates The Joy of Sox’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission of providing new socks for the homeless, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents.  As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, we had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report page on www.guidestar.org for the Silver level of participation.

Our GuideStar Profile

Please to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about.  We continue to be engaged in exciting initiatives for the homeless, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.

Please Consider Giving us a Review

And…if you like what we are doing and you are a volunteer, board member, client served, advisor, professional in this area, or a general member of the public please consider giving us a review on GuideStar.  Thanks!!

ComcastNewsmakers features The Joy of Sox

Comcast graciously had Tom Costello Jr on their ComcastNewsmaker program for the Philadlephia region.  The show, hosted by Laura Jones and arranged by Jen Boyett, runs 4:30 and allowed Tom to answer some questions about The Joy Of Sox and their mission of providing new socks for the homeless.  The clip of the show appears below.

A special thanks to Laura and Jen for making this so special.

Other videos about The Joy of Sox can be found here: The Joy of Sox’s YouTube Channel.

WORLD RECORD new sock distribution to the homeless

Some students from Villanova University sorting and packing new sock for the homeless for The Joy of Sox.
Some students from Villanova University sorting and packing new sock for the homeless for The Joy of Sox.

A WORLD RECORD number of new socks were distributed recently to the homeless of the Philadlephia area.

15,120 pairs of new socks were sorted, packed and distributed to 28 homeless shelters in the Philadlephia area!!

With the cold weather approaching the timing was perfect to get the socks to those who need them.

The Joy of Sox, a nonprofit that provides new socks for the homeless, was supported by the Villanova University’s women’s soccer and volleyball teams as part of the university’s St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service.

Approximately  65 students and volunteers gathered on campus to sort and pack the new socks into boxes that would be delivered to shelters over the next few days.

What a super effort by everyone involved.  And the new socks on the street will go a long way to making a lot of homeless toes happy toes!

Comcast Community Cares Days helps us get new socks for the homeless

Socks donated by Comcast Cares being sorted by students from Villanova University
Socks donated by Comcast Cares being sorted by students from Villanova University

It’s great to see a large corporation like Comcast give back to the community.  And we were very fortunate to benefit from their sense of corporate social responsibility.

The service center in Aston, PA held a sock drive earlier in the year and to our surprise the Comcast Foundation recently sent us a nice donation to show their support for their employees and The Joy of Sox.

The photo on the right show some students from Villanova University that helped sort, pack and deliver some of the new socks to homeless shelters around the Philadelphia area.

Thanks so much Comcast for helping make homeless toes happy toes!

 

The Joy of Sox awarded the e-Chievement Award by eTown for their work providing new socks for the homeless

Tom Costello Jr, Chief Sock Person, The Joy Of Sox, receiving the prestigious e-Chievement award from Helen and Nick Foster of eTown
Tom Costello Jr, Chief Sock Person, The Joy Of Sox, receiving the prestigious e-Chievement award for providing new socks for the homeless from Helen and Nick Forster of eTown

The Joy of Sox® was honored with eTown‘s prestigious e-Chievement Award® last week in Boulder, CO.  Nick and Helen Forster, founders of eTown, made the presentation to Tom Costello, Jr , Chief Sock Person.

The award is periodically given to selected nonprofits based on the criteria of  “Celebrating those who are making a positive difference in their community and beyond.”

eTown is also a nonprofit and has the mission of combining music, ideas and community.  They hold a weekly music session where artists perform and are then interviewed by Nick.  On the evening when Tom received the award the first performer was John Fulbright, a Grammy nominated singer.  Following John’s first set he was interviewed by Nick then played another song.

Tom Costello Jr, Chief Sock Person, The Joy Of Sox, received the prestigious e-Chievement award for providing new socks for the homeless from Helen and Nick Forster of eTown
Tom Costello Jr, Chief Sock Person, The Joy Of Sox, received the prestigious e-Chievement award for providing new socks for the homeless from Helen and Nick Forster of eTown

Tom then went on stage and had a nice conversation with Nick about the mission and impact The Joy of Sox has on the homeless.  Helen and Nick then presented the award.

After the award Bahamas did a set and was also interviewed.

The show will air on over 300 stations from September 25th – October 1st across the US, depending on the day and time that the individual affiliate stations air the show.

Many stations also stream over the web, so you can listen from their websites, anywhere in the world. eTown also podcasts the show. To find  out how and where to tune in you can click this eTown link.

A super thanks to eTown – especially Helen, Nick, Steph and Margo – for recognizing The Joy of Sox and the work they do providing new socks for the homeless.

Order of Eastern Star holds sock hop to benefit the homeless and The Joy of Sox

The Joy of Sox presents a certificate of appreciation to members of the Order of Eastern Star for collecting new socks for the homeless during their sock hop event in Valley Forge, PA.
The Joy of Sox presents a certificate of appreciation to members of the Order of Eastern Star for collecting new socks for the homeless during their sock hop event in Valley Forge, PA. Pictured L to R: Joseph Lee, Janice C. Harvey, Tom Costello Jr (Chief Sock Person – The Joy of Sox), Claire Murphy, Dr. Murphy J. Keiler, III.

The Order of Eastern Star held a sock hop in Valley Forge, PA.  Members were asked to bring new socks for the homeless to benefit the nonprofit The Joy Of Sox.

Rowinea (Ro) Wooten was co-chair of the event for the Deborah Grand Chapter and did a spectacular job organizing their event.

Over 400 pairs of new socks were donated and they will be delivered to shelters in the Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburg areas of Pennsylvania.

The picture on the right shows a certificate of appreciation that was presented to members of the Order of Eastern Star for collecting new socks for the homeless during their sock hop event in Valley Forge, PA. Pictured L to R: Joseph Lee, Janice C. Harvey, Tom Costello Jr (Chief Sock Person – The Joy of Sox), Claire Murphy, and Dr. Murphy J. Keiler, III.

 

The way we think about charity is wrong – rethinking nonprofit fundraising

Why, in the for-profit world can a company spend tons on marketing and advertising in order to make tons on their product, yet…

in the nonprofit world it is almost considered criminal if they even say the words marketing and advertising?

Below is a great TED talk given by Dan Pallotta that addresses the “discrimination” that nonprofits face in the areas of: hiring, advertising and marketing, risk of pursuing new ideas, time frame for success, and making a lot of money for their cause.  It’s really special.

Please read or listen to it and let me know your thoughts.

For just a link to his talk click here.

Funding discrimination: Nonprofit v. for-profit world

We will be periodically adding comments about Dan’s talk and how it relates to the real world problems of getting financial support for items like operations, advertising, and the dreaded word….overhead.  Again it’s the discrimination thing that nonprofits face in raising funds.

In general people think that nonprofits should minimize the amount they spend on overhead (advertising, marketing, IT, salaries, etc…).

But take any successful company from Apple to Zappos…where would they be without spending or investing massive amounts on advertising, marketing, IT and salaries?

Spend minimum on fundraising – get minimum return

So would an “investor” in The Joy of Sox, who really wants to support our mission of providing new socks for the homeless, really want us to spend the minimum on fundraising.  For example, would they rather have us put up posters in the local convenience store advertising our bake sale fundraiser and net $250.  But hey, we only spent 2% from the fundraising budget.  Is that the success they are looking for?

Or would more good be accomplished if we held a huge fundraiser and raised $250,000?

But someone with the eye of the “nonprofit police” may complain that we spend, heaven forbid, 40% on fundraising.  But we netted $250,000!!!

It’s the results, not the overhead!

What’s wrong with the thinking that nonprofits need to minimize overhead expenses, while in the successful for profit world their “for profit police” look for at the results and aren’t overly concerned about what percentage of budget went into a marketing item.

In order for the nonprofit sector to prosper and grow we must change the thinking that it’s not the percentage that goes to pay, say the the PR firm, but rather the number of people who are helped by our program!

 

Charms Inc collects new socks for the homeless

A local chapter of Charms Incorporated presented Tom Costello Jr, Chief Sock Person of The Joy of Sox, with over 800 new pairs of socks for the homeless.  Pictured with Tom are (l to r) Joyce Gibbs, Barbara Monley and Pat Matthews.
A local chapter of Charms Incorporated presented Tom Costello Jr, Chief Sock Person of The Joy of Sox, with over 800 new pairs of socks for the homeless. Pictured with Tom are (l to r) Joyce Gibbs, Barbara Monley and Pat Matthews.

A special thanks to Pat Matthews and her local Charms Incorporated group for holding a sock drive for The Joy of Sox.  This is the second year in a row that they have collected new socks for the homeless!

Lot of new socks

The over 800 pairs of new socks will be distributed to the homeless of the Philadelphia region over the next two weeks.

Charms Incorporated

Charms Incorporated in a national social, civic and cultural organization of women with the motto: “Smile, help your fellowman and aspire to greater things!”

Well…they certainly did that!!

Thank you so much Joyce, Barbara and Pat!

Map of facilities for the homeless around Philadelphia

Our map of the homeless shelters around Philadelphia.  The flags represent facilities in Philly where The Joy of Sox either presently provides new socks, or plans to provide new socks.
Our map of the homeless shelters around Philadelphia. The flags represent facilities in Philly where The Joy of Sox either presently provides new socks, or plans to provide new socks.

Someone asked about the locations of homeless shelters around Philly.  So here is what we use – a map.

The pins in the map represent the location of facilities in Philly where The Joy of Sox either presently provides new socks, or plans to provide new socks.

The map is actually a lot bigger and covers an area from Trenton and Camden, NJ to Chester and Norristown, PA.  This visual helps us when we set up distribution schedules.

 

 

Comcast collects new socks for the homeless

Comcast Cares support The Joy of Sox - providing new socks for the homeless
Comcast Cares support The Joy of Sox – providing new socks for the homeless

A special thanks to Samantha McDevitt at Comcast for organizing a sock drive for us for their Comcast Cares program!!

Lots of new socks

Two service centers, Aston, PA and Vorhees, NJ, collected over 3,000 pairs of new socks for The Joy of Sox. These new socks will be distributed to the homeless of the region over the next two weeks.

Corporate social responsibility

Instances like this, where a large corporation, encourages their employees to get involved in activities that support the local community are really heartwarming.

Thank you so much Comcast for taking an active role with your corporate social responsibility programs!

The Joy of Sox earns Guidestar’s Bronze Seal

GuideStar Exchanges's Bronze level of participation for The Joy of Sox
GuideStar Exchanges's Bronze level of participation for The Joy of Sox
GuideStar Exchange’s Bronze level of participation for The Joy of Sox

This is really a great thing!

Today The Joy of Sox received the GuideStar Exchange’s Bronze Participant level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc, the premier source of nonprofit information.  This level demonstrates The Joy of Sox’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission of providing new socks for the homeless, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents.  As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, we had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report page on www.guidestar.org for the Bronze level of participation.

Our GuideStar Profile

Please to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about.  We continue to be engaged in exciting initiatives for the homeless, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.

Please Consider Giving us a Review

And…if you like what we are doing and you are a volunteer, board member, client served, advisor, professional in this area, or a general member of the public please consider giving us a review on GuideStar.  Thanks!!

 

New York State Resolution – Socks for the Homeless Day

New York State passes resolution declaring February 14th, Valentines Day, as Socks for the Homeless Day.
New York State passes a resolution for The Joy of Sox declaring February 14th, Valentines Day, as Socks for the Homeless Day.

The New York State Legislature passed a Resolution declaring February 14th, Valentine’s Day, as Socks for the Homeless Day.

This is really cool…and important.  Why important?  Well most people are generous between Thanksgiving and the end of the year.  But come the new year donations come to an abrupt stop.

The idea of the resolution is to help raise awareness of the plight of the homeless without socks during February…and on Valentine’s Day.

So in addition to remembering a loved one, sending flowers, or calling your mom, please remember the homeless during February.  You can help them by donating to The Joy of Sox.  And your tax-deductible gift will go a long way in making homeless toes happy toes!

Actually the homeless, who tend to wear their sock 24/7, need new socks all year long…so you don’t have to wait until next Valentine’s Day to help support our mission!

More Stories From The Streets

CBC logoEye-opening stories about the importance of new socks for the homeless have been added to our Stories From The Streets  page.

Read what homeless people Kiwi, Christine, Darlene, Daniel, Has, Ruth and William have to say about the important of new socks.

There are 11 short interviews in all.  Here are quotes from two of them:

“I had that happen to me about three times so far, and basically the bottom of your feet rot until the point where your skin actually starts to die.”

“Even like the subtlest things, like a pair of socks can make the biggest difference in the world.”

Click Stories From The Streets to read (or listen) to all of them.

Sock Drive Daily Count Basket in a K-8 School

A basket to collect new socks during a sock drive.  Very cool!  St. Thomas the Apostle school in Glen Mills, PA used a plastic basket to help collect new socks for the homeless.

Wrong (and very low) Number of Homeless Reported by HUD

According to Kathy at the Hospitality Center in Norristown, PA they served between 1,000 – 1,200 distinct clients at their shelter in the last year.

Yet according to HUD’s 20111 Point in Time Estimate of Homeless (12/2011), page 21,  there are only 410 homeless in the Norristown area.

What’s wrong with this picture??

What’s wrong is HUD truly underestimates the homeless population – in this case by a factor of almost three!!

This misrepresentation affects many things…including funding to support social services and the homeless population.

I wish I had an answer to those who ask me to support a higher number of homeless than the “official government numbers.”

 

 

Martin Luther King Day of Service project

mlk-day-2013For this year’s Martin Luther King Day of Service 12 students from Villanova University sorted and packed 4,782 pairs of new socks for the homeless in the morning.

After lunch they distributed 2,040 pairs of new socks to facilities in the Philadelphia area.  Great job guys – thanks so much for your help!

Ignite change.  Go Nova!

PHL17’s Steve Highsmith & Tom Costello Jr – The Joy of Sox (new socks for the homeless)

PHL17’s Steve Highsmith interviewed Tom Costello Jr, Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox on the station’s InFocus show. Steve and Tom talked about The Joy of Sox’s mission of providing new socks for the homeless.

The video is about 26 minutes so you will probably not look at the entire clip, but perhaps you can try it for a few minutes.

Your comments?

ADP offices across the USA donate new socks

ADP logoADP, the national payroll, human services & benefits company is great!!

Donation of new socks have been received from all across the United States including their offices in:

  • St. Louis, MO
  • Westerville, OH
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Bloomington, MN
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Chicago, IL
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Dearborn, MI
  • Independence, OH

Thank you so much ADP for helping make homeless toes happy toes!

Sock donations for the homeless from six states

usa 460-240This is amazing – recently we have received donations of new socks from SIX STATES (some anonymously).

Waltham, MA;  Milton, DE;  Tucson, AZ;  Deerfiled, IL;  Sammamish, WA and Brainerd, MN.

Thank you so much for helping make homeless toes happy toes!!

We Make Homeless Toes Healthy & Happy Toes

We Make Homeless Toes Healthy & Happy Toes

Interns for Spring 2013 for The Joy of Sox

This week was intern interview week! 

Three students from Villanova University were interviewed to help us during the spring semester 2013.  Two interviews were face-to-face and one was via Skype from Belgium!

What a great group of people and I am already planning all the wonderful things we can accomplish with such talent on board.  The efficiency and reach of our mission of providing new socks for the homeless will definitely expand in 2013.

And we need a new name for “interns.” 

How about “Associate Chief  Logistics Sock Person,” or “Associate Chief Organizer Sock Person?”  Although we deal with a serious issue (homelessness) we need to have fun titles.  Any suggestions?

Crozer-Keystone Health System donates new socks for the homeless

Juliette Turturro, Tom Costello Jr, Katrina Stier with a certificate for collecting new socks for the homeless and The Joy of Sox
Juliette Turturro, Tom Costello Jr, Katrina Stier with a certificate for collecting new socks for the homeless and The Joy of Sox

Crozer-Keystone Health System donates new socks for the homeless.  Juliette Turturro, one of our board members contacted Katrina Stier, PR Manager at Crozer, and made arrangements for them to conduct a sock drive.

394 pairs of new socks for the homeless were collected and will be distributed to shelters in the region.  The photo is of (l-r) Juliette, Tom Costello, Jr, Chief Sock Person, and Katrina.

Thanks so much to the staff at Crozer-Keystone and Juliette and Katrina!

New label for sock delivery

Here’s a look at our new label for The Joy of Sox.  The label is placed on every box of new socks for the homeless that we deliver or ship.

This particular one shows that the box contains 120 pairs of new socks for women and that the box was packed by students from Villanova University.

 

 

 

 

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