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Shoes in Delaware

Joanne Glauser has been volunteering for Shoes That Fit for over 25 years! In this interview, she tells us her story and why she gives back.

Tell us a little about yourself!

I’m a mom of 2, getting close to retirement. I’m originally from the Philly suburbs and moved down here to Delaware over 30 years ago. I work in information security for a bank. 

How long have you been working with Shoes That Fit?

Almost 30 years ago I read an article about Elodie (the Shoes That Fit founder) in a magazine. It resonated with me because I was looking for something impactful to do outside of work. I got in touch and began helping out in my new home state. I’ve worked with crowd-funding and grant writing to drum up local support.

I remember talking to Elodie after I’d started volunteering. There was such a cheerfulness about her! 

What challenges are kids in Delaware facing? 

In our six or seven larger school districts, there are about 400 kids facing housing insecurity. And in southern Delaware, many families are low-income. Shoes are expensive, and kids grow fast, so these families need help. Here in Delaware, we don’t have another resource for shoes besides this program. 

Why is giving shoes so important to you?

Honestly, it’s not about the shoes. It was the story about Elodie and the little boy with his toes scrunched under. Elodie had a full plate herself, especially as a single mom, but she acted. She didn’t just say that’s a shame and go about her business. She acted. 

It’s good to get out of your own head and realize how you can help.

(If you haven’t heard our founder Elodie’s story, check it out here!)

Elodie and the first sign up board for providing shoes

What would you say to someone interested in getting involved?

If you’re in corporate America and feel like you aren’t making an impact, take those skills and put them to use for a cause! It’s work that fills your heart. It’s not hard, and you get to meet so many like-minded people with great hearts.

It’s investing in the future of your state. You’ll be helping kids reach their full potential. You’ll be shining a light on the need.

Thank you, Joanne, for all you’ve done for the kids of Delaware!

If you feel inspired to help in Delaware, or help out in your state, get in touch! Call 909-482-0050 or email [email protected].