SO OTHERS CAN KEEP STRIDING – S.O.C.K.S – is a nonprofit organization (501(c)3) based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  We give socks and other essentials items to our friends experiencing homelessness through direct street outreach.

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S.O.C.K.S is the only organization in the DC Metropolitan area that serves the homeless population with a specific niche of ministering to the feet. Socks are the #1 most requested clothing item by the homeless. We are the only organization in the DC Metropolitan area that has a sole purpose to address this need. Our outreach resources go towards providing care for the feet by acquiring socks and other items to promote foot health.

We believe that socks are only the beginning of our mission. We genuinely want people to feel loved, respected, and cared about. While a few pair of socks may only last a short time, we hope the memory of some of our interactions – conversations, prayers, hugs, smiles – will last a lifetime. By having something so important like socks to give away, barriers are broken down and in many instances a space is created for authentic fellowship. In addition to improving the condition of the feet with socks, the hope is that our interactions improve the mental, emotional, and spiritual health of those we are fortunate enough to serve.

S.O.C.K.S was established in July of 2014 and has grown quite a bit since then. Initially, we took donations of gently used socks but quickly transitioned to only accepting new socks. In our first year of operation, we distributed 1,167 pair to those battling homelessness in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Since then, by partnering with organizations and individuals, we have distributed 20,000+ pair of socks in Los Angeles, CA, Oakland, CA, Birmingham, AL, Philadelphia, PA, Prince George’s County, MD and Atlanta, GA.

In that same period of time we have developed a following and had the opportunity to collaborate with many organizations such as Wells Fargo, D.C. Public Schools, EMCOR, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, , NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), COSTCO, and more. 

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How You Can Join The S.O.C.K.S Movement

OUTREACH MINISTRY

We distribute the majority of our socks through direct outreach. Together with groups of volunteers, we canvas the city to find those who would benefit from new socks, hygiene items, smiles, hugs, and prayers. Visit our "Volunteer" page to sign up for outreach ministry.

S.O.C.K.S BOX DRIVES

A S.O.C.K.S Box™ is a box of almost any kind that is decorated, adorned with the S.O.C.K.S logo, and placed in a high visibility area in a school, church, or business.  The Box can be used for a short-term sock drive or it can be situated permanently as a drop-off location.  Visit our "Volunteer" page to learn more about hosting a S.O.C.K.S Box™!

DONATIONS

S.O.C.K.S relies on the generosity of supporters like you to fulfill our mission.  In-kind donations of new socks or hygiene items as well as monetary gifts are appreciated.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.  Donations can be made via PayPal, our Amazon Wishlist, or by mail to our P.O. Box.  Visit our "Donate" page to support the Movement today!

SPREAD THE WORD

Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about the S.O.C.K.S Movement.  Share on social media as well - @socksmovement on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! 

Pairs Of Socks Distributed

S.O.C.K.S Programming

OUTREACH MINISTRY

Direct outreach is our core program. It is the primary vehicle for connecting to the people we serve. S.O.C.K.S provides outreach opportunities year-round to groups of all kinds – church groups, youth groups, work groups, athletic teams, etc. If you are in the Baltimore-Washington region and are interested in participating in outreach, we’d love to have you.

S.O.C.K.S BOX

If our outreach program is the vehicle, socks are the engine!  We need socks year-round to meet the growing need due to increased numbers of people experiencing homelessness.  Our S.O.C.K.S Box program is a critical component; making sure we have access to the resources required implement impactful outreach.  There are two primary forms of participation: 1. Hosting a short-term S.O.C.K.S Box sock drive campaign, or 2. Hosting a long-term S.O.C.K.S Box for use as a drop-off location for socks.  Both methods can be done at a workplace, church, school, etc.

YOUNG PHILANTHROPIST

The Young Philanthropist Program is an interactive curriculum designed for youth of all ages. The curriculum is aligned to national learning standards, highlight arts integration and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), teaches principles such as gratitude while building critical thinking skills, and is interactive during the academic and outreach components. Youth will have the opportunity to not only apply what they’ve learned in the classroom, but make the city blocks the outdoor classroom by participating in outreach and documenting their experience.