Sometimes securing and keeping a job comes down to something simple, such as owning a pair of sturdy work shoes. 

SnowCap Community Charities is experiencing requests from many men who don't have adequate footwear to perform comfortably on the job or seek employment.

"We've never before had to make this request for community support, but it is important for the clients we serve," said Judy Alley, SnowCap executive director.

SnowCap is seeking a variety of shoes with good, nonskid soles, such as tennis or athletic shoes. The organization also is seeking used black leather footwear.

"They will be worn to work by many of our clients who are employed in blue collar jobs — fast food workers, security personnel, service station attendants," Alley said. "Some men also need shoes to wear for job interviews, but they are not usually worn for office-type employment."

SnowCap is looking for all sizes of shoes that are clean and free of dirt and odor. Shoes may be delivered to the SnowCap warehouse at 17788 S.E. Pine St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. 

SnowCap Community Charities is a philanthropic organization created 47 years ago to provide food, clothing, advocacy and other services to the poor in East Multnomah County.

For more information, call SnowCap at 503-674-8785, ext. 17, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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