Mitscoots Socks announces its first annual SXSW Austin Giving Trip on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the State Capitol on 11th and Congress. According to Tim Scott, Co-Founder of Mitscoots Socks, “Often, the homeless and those in need are given a second class status during the SXSW festivities and we want to let people know they aren’t forgotten.” Mitscoots will be going out into the streets of Austin to donate hundreds of socks to those in need and simultaneously offering employment opportunities during the days of the festival.
In an exciting collaboration with Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Flip3 sandals, there will be more income opportunities for those men and women suffering on the streets of Austin during the South by Southwest Music Festival. Mr. Scott went on to say, “While volunteering along the streets of Austin, we discovered that right after food and water, there was no greater request among those living on the streets than for a clean pair of socks.” Mitscoots are SOCKS with a Mission: GET + GIVE + EMPLOY. For every pair purchased, we donate another pair to someone in need. And finally, we take pride in employing the less fortunate.
According to Nate Schlueter, Director of Mobile Loaves & Fishes ROADS Micro-Enterprise program, “Street Treats provides homeless men and women with opportunities to earn a dignified income selling ice cream, chips, soda and water with all profits and tips going directly to the vendor.”
Carlos Ortiz, Austin-based artist and designer with Flip3 explains the mission of his company this way, “We are a charitable company that sells original art in the form of one-of-a-kind flip-flops and accessories to create a positive impact on the homeless community in Austin and beyond.” Flip3 gets its name from the fact that each pair of flip-flops employs three homeless individuals. One person paints the sandals, another packages them, and yet another sells them.
These business models each give members of the homeless community an opportunity to earn money with dignity and gain footing towards lifting themselves off the streets.
Tim, Nate and Carlos were each impacted by personal experiences with men and women living on the streets of Austin and were driven to do something about it. Their lives were changed, and by working together they are hoping to help change happen in the lives of the homeless men and women of Austin.
“By participating in South by Southwest, and creating income opportunities for our brothers and sisters suffering on the streets of Austin we hope to help them begin making their way home.”
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