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Meet Our Smart Move Partners!  Spotlight: Fulcrum Properties Group

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of speaking with Michael Lederman, Lead Listing Agent & Realtor at Fulcrum Properties Group.  We met at their sunny Capitol Hill headquarters located at 1328 G Street SE, which is just up the street from Eastern Market (conveniently adjacent to lesser known neighborhood gems La Lomita & Mangialardo’s),  and houses a prodigious and colorful bear statue aptly named “Stripey” to greet you out front.  Welcome, come on in.

As a successful real estate force, can you share a little about what makes the Fulcrum Group such a strong team?

We really try to hire from a place of culture first, rather than just focusing on recruiting the highest producing agents.  You can teach a lot of the skills to better learn the market, but the foundation is always getting people on the team who value taking care of clients.  

I love that!  So how did this team come together?  It’s always interesting to hear about the roots and inspiration for a business.

Fulcrum Properties Group is the coming together of 3 people (Principals Jim Lisowski, Tom Kavanagh & Ty Voyles) who had previously been working at a different brokerage with a more “dog-eat-dog” model where agents work on their own.  Fulcrum, by contrast, was created with a different model that encourages teamwork and rewards collaboration rather than competition between realtors.

What does this teamwork structure look like?  How does it affect the client experience?

Our model allows every individual on the team to have total expertise in their part of the process and really enjoy and leverage their contribution.  The Capitol Hill office has 5 agents that work exclusively with buyers, I (Mike Lederman) am a seller specialist, and there are also realtors with specific location expertise working out of offices in NW DC and Northern Virginia.  And there are other staff lending in house support to all locations for other crucial steps in the process, such as helping to execute the client contracts from ratification all the way to a successful settlement.  

INTERESTING SIDE NOTE:  The definition of “Fulcrum” gives a little insight into these team values where everyone take their part of the process and SLAYS IT.  

ful·crum, noun

1.) An agent through which vital powers are exercised.
2.) A thing that plays a central or essential role in an activity, event, or situation.

One of the many things that makes working at Bookstore Movers so invigorating is our company commitment to give back to the communities we serve.  I was excited to see that Fulcrum shares these same values by having a formal community giving program.  What is that exactly?

1% of each transaction is donated to a charity of the client’s choosing in their name.  So it’s been a great way to continuously give back to local schools, nonprofits and other community organizations. We are also very events oriented, and regularly host gatherings to stay in better touch with client’s and provide an opportunity for the community to come together.  Some examples would be our annual Water Works Party and Halloween Spooktacular at Congressional Cemetery. We also have been doing a Home Renovators Expo at Eastern Market’s North Hall where some of our favorite vendors can come together in one place to promote what they do, and be accessible to people in need of those services.

On a more personal note, I heard you used to work at Bookstore Movers!  How did this experience connect to your current profession as a realtor?

I did work as a mover with Bookstore for about a year starting in 2012.  Getting the chance to see so many neighborhoods and spaces all over the city, and the unique opportunity to help people through a stressful transition, it seemed like a natural next move to pursue real estate.  It was actually Matt (Wixon, founder & owner of BSM) who introduced me to Jim (Lisowski, principal at Fulcrum).  We had a burger and beer at Trusty’s sometimes towards the end of 2013 and that was how it began.

You know I have to ask.  What kind of boss was Matt back in those days? How would you sum up your Bookstore employee experience?

Bookstore is such a stand-up company, and Matt is an incredible leader. I was so grateful for the experience I had working there, and try to always carry those lessons with me.

Another question on the “must” list.  Favorite book?  Or just maybe a favorite thing you’ve read lately?

That’s one area where I’m much different from people at Bookstore.  I don’t read a lot.  I think I spend my energy that other people might spend reading taking in information and the world around me in a pretty intense way.

Brief interlude for me to initially be in shock, then laugh awkwardly.  I also used this a chance to poke a little fun at the Fulcrum Little Library out front that had only one book and seemed in need of some love (feel free to donate books!).  Not everyone is a reader though, even at Bookstore Movers! So what, right?  He did happen to mention at some point that he has been known to meditate up to 2 hours per day, and even successfully completed a 10 day silent retreat, so clearly he has found some pretty profound ways to replace reading that the average person could not muster.

As a realtor, you are traveling around the city quite a bit.  Any favorite “go-to” spots you can’t resist?

Maketto was formerly my favorite place for coffee, but my current go-to is the Wydown by Whole Foods on H Street. In addition to really good coffee, they have excellent scones and breakfast sandwiches. For dinner, I’d say either the Red Hen on First Street, or All Purpose, a newer pizza/Italian place over by the Convention Center.

And if you are enjoying a rare day off, what would you be doing?

Resting, spending time with my wife and dog.  We also like to travel, and have been on a number of trips lately to Europe, Mexico, Costa Rica and Pompano Beach, FL (where family lives).

 

Interested in becoming a Smart Move Partner?  Connecting with other great businesses to further enhance our customer’s experience is something we love too! Email me at jackie@bookstoremovers.com for more information about this exciting opportunity.

 

Ditch the Grinch and Choose Your Own Holiday Adventure: New Ways to Slay this Controversial Time of Year

The holiday season is a whirlwind, whether you are captivated by the magic, or stuck in a repetitive groundhog day-like list of must do’s.  No matter where you fall on this scale, breaking the mold and trying new things can feel rejuvenating during a time where many of us are in a rut relying on coffee and spiked eggnog to get through.  You may even find yourself inspired to create some new traditions!

Volunteer:  This is something you can do on your own or with friends and family, including kids.  There are so many options out there that allow you to provide some real support without a long term commitment being required.  Nothing zaps the holiday doldrums like the opportunity to be of service to others and feel the real spirit of the season. Here’s a great list of ideas!

 

Up your skills in the kitchen:  Instead of letting another year go by wishing you had more impressive selections to bring to parties or the office potluck, actually do something to up your game!  Cooking classes are a great way to channel your inner chef and take your culinary game to the next level. Learn how to throw down some impressive creations (or the experience will at least give you some funny stories and fond memories).   

The Hill Center is a great resource for this, or you can check out some other classes in the DC area!

 

Make wellness a priority: This time of year it’s harder to prioritize a routine that focuses on daily self-care.  Sign yourself up for something that will allow you to treat yourself to a much needed indulgence for the mind, body and spirit.

You can make an appointment for Massage or Reflexology, learn more about Aromatherapy, or even put on your boogie shoes and take some dance lessons. Celebrate the power of the Winter Solstice and start the New Year off with mindfulness and healing (instead of hangovers and overspending)!

 

Spend some time outside and in nature:  Spring, summer and fall are the seasons that really tend to steal the show for outdoor activities.  We all know those people who are part arctic fox and really keep up their enthusiasm when the temperatures drop, but the truth is many of us start spending a lot more time indoors by December. Bundle up and have an adventure!

The Arboretum is still an incredible place to visit this time of year, and the Sculpture Garden now has a skating rink. You can hike or bike with a local meet-up group, or go see the lights at the National Zoo!

 

Learn more about local DC history:  If you haven’t already visited the Anacostia Community Museum, this current exhibit is a great excuse to check it out.

 

See a holiday show:  There are some fun options out there that are appropriate for all ages (and a nice break from the Nutcracker).

 

Go see a movie on the big screen:  Instead of Netflix and chill, get off the couch and head to the Miracle Theatre on Barracks Row.  This month they are featuring holiday favorites such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf and The Polar Express.  Added bonus: wearing a festive sweater will entitle you to a discount.  

 

Happy Holidays!

Every year we have the pleasure of helping Brent Elementary deliver Christmas trees–it’s always a great time, and one we look forward to! Plus, if we’re lucky, we might just get to pass off a letter to Santa. This year we moved into our new warehouse, so that’s one thing we can cross off our wish list, but I’m sure we’ll think of something else as we continue to grow as a company.

Hope you’ve digested that Thanksgiving turkey by now, because it’s time for latkes, gelt, and arroz con gandules, or whatever your family enjoys for the Holidays–I know our General Manager Jason makes homemade candy canes, for one!

Happy Holidays, from our big Bookstore family to yours!

Thanks again!

Russ and Nick, probably getting hungry

 

Thanksgiving has rolled around again, and as always we were hard at work both delivering and eating turkey! This year we were happy to help give out turkeys again–it’s important for us to get moving before the holiday, when we’ll be crashed on the couch digesting.

 

Last year we talked a little bit about what we’re thankful for, so I polled my coworkers to see a little more about what’s on their list this year.

 

–Erika G. is thankful to have her sweet dog, Gus. Trust me when I say that ‘dog’ topped quite a few admin lists. The cat lovers did not come out to represent their faction.

 

–Kristen is thankful for New Kids on the Block and Ninja Turtles. Oddly enough, this didn’t top many lists. Have we taken NKOTB and Teenage Mutants for granted? Be sure to thank your favorite boy bands this year, including sewer-dwelling crime fighters.

 

–Laura is thankful for a plethora of things that she found it difficult to narrow down. However, she did list food more than once, so we definitely know who the true hero of her Thanksgiving is. Meanwhile, we’re thankful that Laura was able to return to our Admin team this year.

 

–Mary is thankful for having her family close by–especially since her brother makes great mashed potatoes.

 

–Matt is thankful for his son, and birds of prey. The second is just to spite me, though I have to admit his son is pretty alright.

 

–Aspa, looking back, was unable to tell us what she was thankful for because she was too busy being scandalized by the fact we all enjoy stuffing so much. I know she’s thankful for many things, but stuffing* is not one of them.

 

–Mike is thankful to have a partner in raising his daughters that he trusts so completely that he hadn’t even thought about it till I asked him, which means his wife probably deserves extra food this year. And presents.  

 

–Jimmy is thankful for getting to go on an amazing vacation this year, traveling to Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand. You better believe we made him do a slideshow of photos–gorgeous! We’re thankful (and jealous) too!

 

–Jackie, my beloved work-soulmate, is thankful that she “carved out a life filled with love and special people, Hank is the Scooby to [her] Shaggy, and [she is] filled with more gratitude and less Jersey attitude”, which made me laugh so hard I had to include the full statement.

 

–Aaron is thankful for new sauces, which makes me feel bad for all the old sauces he’s pushed aside. Et tu, Brute?

 

–VJ and Jason, I believe, did answer this question, but were so overshadowed by the ongoing chaos of stuffing vs not-stuffing I literally cannot find their answers. I can only assume they both said they were thankful for stuffing.

 

As always, we have so much to be thankful for at this time of the year. All year I am thankful for friends and family, and for coworkers who work hard, laugh loads, and warn me just how sappy a ‘thankful’ post can get. I’m thankful for this company, and for the clients that make it possible. I’m thankful for the organizations we work with who do their best to make the world a better place. I’m thankful that even in times of disaster or tragedy when the world seems so overwhelming, you can always find a shining light or two to remind you to keep fighting for what is right.

 

For Thanksgiving? Oh, I’m definitely thankful for stuffing.

 

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving, fought through Black Friday, celebrated Small Business Saturday (thank you!), treated yo’ self for Cyber Monday, and are currently enjoying giving back for Giving Tuesday. I hope you all have something to be thankful for all year round, because once again, we’re thankful for you.

 

 

*Please note that Aspa insists that stuffing is called dressing, which is wrong. And even if it isn’t wrong, this is my article. Them’s the breaks, kid!

 

Know Your Movers: John

 

John McKelvie is one of the most communicative guys at Bookstore Movers. He needs to be, since our Operation team’s attention tends to be in high demand. I pester John with questions multiple times a week, and with annoying (yet endearing?) ramblings even more often than that. I work with John more than any of the other operations guys, but if you call him John it will take me a while to realize who on earth you’re talking about. Since we have seen a plethora of Johns come and go since the creation of Bookstore Movers, it was important that most have a nickname to set them apart from each other and avoid wacky sitcom hijinks as much as possible. Our John McKelvie became Vermont John–VJ for short. This is what I’ve always known him by, so when I see emails addressing a phone call with John I get to sit there and think “Wrong number?” for a minute or two.

 

VJ, though, is a miracle worker. Any mistake I’ve made–and unfortunately, there are plenty– chances are VJ has had to fix, and has done so spectacularly. He’s never mean or condescending about it either, at least not to my face if he is (I appreciate it!). VJ knows just about all there is to know about moves, and still helps out on a move when needed. Some admin affectionately refer to him as a peaceful flying leopard as well–not all nicknames stick like VJ does, but who wouldn’t want to be a chill leopard cruising through the air? That’s VJ though. He’s chill. He knows what he’s doing. And what he’s doing is freaking magic.

 

Here’s another interview with one of my unproblematic faves– who still has time to become an astronaut if he wants. Just saying!

 

What is your favorite book?

Well, for childhood books it’s gotta be the Redwall series. I spent more hours reading about those endearing mice and bloodlusty badgers than I can count. But it’s tough to decide on a favorite since then. There’s a super depressing war novel called Once an Eagle that always rises to the top of my list. I also really dug the Rothfuss Kingkiller series, but that’s incomplete!

 

Can you remember the toughest item you’ve ever moved?

Hmmm, I’ll try not to cop out with piano or weight set. The anechoic chamber was pretty tough! We delivered that from a weird lab in Greenbelt to Catholic University. Another time I was moving with Beau (must’ve been way back in 2012) and we carried this monstrous couch up 5 narrow, tiny flights… but once we reached the top floor it wouldn’t through the customer’s front door. Ooh, another item that just seemed really strange at the time was when we did that massive shuffle within the Japanese embassy and we had to move a 4ft x 3ft scale model of the embassy itself. That was pretty cool, and actually one of the easier items to move on that job. The 200lb slippery file cabinets nearly resulted in several amputations–though the slippery part could be blamed on sweaty movers probably.

 

What is your favorite piece of furniture you own?

I don’t have strong feelings about most of our furniture (moving has given me a jaded view of antiques/heirlooms), so I’d have to lean towards my cozy mattress.

 

What’s your favorite way to rejuvenate after a long day?

 

I think the mattress might be a fitting response to that question as well… but I’m also in the bad habit of drinking delicious iced coffee (or even better, an iced red-eye–whoo!!) later in the day to get that second wind for finishing up work, or making dinner, or leaving my house.

 

And what is your dream vacation?

A southern hemisphere rugby tour! Exploring NZ, Aus, South Africa, and Argentina while watching the finest teams in the sport slam into each other. You know, just a casual month or two of vacation.

(Note: This interview was conducted after he already went on honeymoon to Portugal, and I for one was lost without him. Never leave us. Deny his vacation time, Matt.)

 

Do you remember your first day at BSM? Do you have any stories?

Oh man, aside from almost passing out from exhaustion in the client’s bathroom? I tried to push a handtruck loaded with book boxes up the ramp (pushing the handtruck in front of me rather than pulling it behind, a big no-no) and it rolled backward and spilled everywhere… all while my new (super mean) boss Matt was standing on the end of the truck watching. My arms started going numb after carrying book and comic book boxes down two flights. I was not in the best shape.

 

Sounds not that fun…

Definitely wasn’t! Fortunately, I didn’t collapse and I was quickly beaten into better shape.

 

What is the best thing to eat during an ops day?  What is the best thing to eat during a moving day?

Oh man, most of Ops has been on a Spice 6 kick for the last couple months–guaranteed to force a mid-afternoon nap.

 

That was definitely Aaron’s choice too!

As for during a moving day… there are so many bad options to choose from, so few good ones

I think Chipotle probably gets the most BSM business out of any food chain (though sadly, 7-Eleven is probably up there too)

 

What is your number one tip for people about to move?

When in doubt, put it in a box.

 

So there we have it: the Gospel of VJ. Put it in a box.

I did ask just a few times for him to write us a haiku, but once again the request was ignored. So once again, one will be assigned to him.

 

If you call him John

(I’m gonna be honest here)

I’ll ask you “Who dat?”

 

That’s all for this weeks interview!  Tune in next time to see if I ever, ever get someone else to write a haiku.

 

Edit: Upon reading this blog, John has submitted a haiku: 

A pre-dawn Ops shift

Hot coffee overfloweth

Where are my work friends?

 

Thanks, John! But if it’s before 7 am in Minnesota, you are on your own buddy!

 

Know Your Movers: Aaron

Hello everyone!  I’m very excited today to bring you this new series: Know Your Movers! I have had so much fun interviewing some fantastic people that I know and appreciate greatly, and I couldn’t be more pleased to introduce you to some of my amazing coworkers.

 

Matt and Aaron at a BSM Wedding!

 

Today we’ll be profiling one of the most infamous guys on our team. I remember when I first started working here and didn’t know much, I found a single note explaining that a building was having a pest problem, just to let us know.  On these notes, there are often solutions to things like difficult parking or narrow stairs.  The solution on this note?  “Bring cats.”  I can’t remember if I was more amused than I was confused, but I was definitely both those things.  I asked a coworker about the note and the only thing she had to say was: “Beckwith.”

And so, I’d like to introduce you today (with help from Founder Matt and Admin Mary) to Aaron Beckwith–our operations, moving, and bookstore triple threat.

 

Erica: What is the most difficult item you’ve ever moved?

Aaron: Oooh,  hmm. That’s tough… Apparently I’ve blocked a lot out, ‘cause I’m not coming up with a lot off the top of my head. That gun safe recently was pretty bad. The client said 600 pounds but I don’t think anyone really knows the different between 400 and 600 pounds… or at least I don’t.  I just know when i shouldn’t be trying something. Hardest stuff for me has always been situations where we have to deal with the elements like extreme heat, iced over fire escapes, monsoon conditions.

Mary (a horrified coworker): Do you really move on icy fire escapes?

Aaron: Was a long time ago… before or as one of the blizzards was hitting us.  2011 or  something.

(Please note that Bookstore Movers does not move on fire escapes or over ice, so hopefully Aaron has learned better since then.)

Matt: I’ve done a lot more hard moves than Aaron –Aaron really is a child of our “easy living era”

Aaron: Matt did have way more crazy moves than me.  Most of my moving came after we decided to use these crazy things called ‘Handtrucks’ and ‘Dollies.’

Erica: Back in Matt’s day, they moved with their bare hands in the snow uphill both ways?

Aaron: They totally did.

Matt: Oh great–Aaron concedes to me but while doing so throws an underhanded insult. It was not that long a time that I went without handtrucks! But yes, it was far longer than it should have been. I never said I was a “work smart, not hard” kind of guy–in fact I am exactly the opposite. But all of that said, Aaron did in fact help on a some of the really really early, really really crazy moves–like doing a 4 bedroom house with a 16′ truck and 2 guys.

(Please note: Matt really is a work smart guy.  He’s just also often ridiculous.)

 

Erica: What is your absolute favorite book? No cop-outs!  One title!

Aaron: I’m a total  cop-out for favorite book. I will try and get a non cop-out-ey answer though… which Matt will  surely scoff at.

 

Erica: We can come back to the hard ones.  But what is your favorite piece of furniture you own?

Aaron: Oh, the couch in my apartment is definitely #1. But I love the Poang chair too.

Matt: Yup, Aaron the Great has a great old couch.

Erica: Couch confirmed.

Aaron: I feel like Matt is setting me up for something here.

 

Erica: Or maybe you have a nice couch? Regardless, Jackie has some great questions for you Aaron; what’s your favorite way to rejuvenate after a long day?

Aaron: Nap and TMZ

Matt: Aaron and his darn TMZ. I can confirm that is true.

 

Mary: What is your dream vacation, Aaron?

Aaron: Dream vacation is tough, but right now El Yunque sounds pretty great. Drinking coffee, reading, listening to frogs, speaking terrible spanish.

[Several minutes of me excitedly talking about Puerto Rico, where my parents are from, omitted for length and also so I don’t look like even more of a nerd.]

 

Mary: Can you remember your first day at Bookstore Movers?

Aaron: Hmm, first day. I can’t remember my first move with Matt in the early days, but maybe Matt knows more about that.  

Matt: Oh god–I could write a 30-page essay about it. So so so long ago, before we had any trucks even. Just a labor and wits company.

Aaron: First real day when I was full-time was just Matt and me in mid July. We had a client with lots and lots of heavy book boxes in an outdoor walk-up, and I very nearly died on several occasions. I was sore for several days afterward. It may have been over 100 degrees, but I could be exaggerating.

Matt: You always gave all, old man.

 

Erica: What’s the best thing to eat for lunch a) during a move day, b) during an ops day, and c) doing a bookstore day?

Aaron: Food during Moving Day–taquitos of course. Bookstore Day–Sushi and Sapporo from Sizzling Express.  Ops Day–Spice 6 almost every time for me. Salad bowl (rice or naan will wreck you) with all of the veggies and tofu and spicy spices and sauces that are possible.

It’s a Chipotle-like Indian place not too far from us.

 

Erica: What is the #1 tip for people about to move?

Aaron: I feel like I have 1000 answers for that. Vacuuming can be fun. All the worst moves involve less than optimal cleanliness.  #1 regret?  Books are already packed so I can’t judge them.

 

Erica: And finally, your favorite book?

Aaron: Errrrrrghum… I guess I’ll go with Foam of the Daze by Boris Vian.

 

So there you have it! Definitely check if your local bookstore carries Foam of the Daze–and if that local store is Capitol Hill Bookstore, you may run into a familiar face or two.  Since Aaron declined to write a haiku (after much unexplained and sudden badgering about haiku writing while he was working) one has been assigned for him:

 

Books, boxes, and phones–

he’s mastered them all by now,

a Jack of all trades.

 

Until next time!

 

A Little Birdie Tweeted Me…

From packing up

 

To moving on

 

Save the stress!

 

 

Let us help with your next move–

 

 

We think you’ll be glad you did!

What Moves You: March for Racial Justice

Another week, another cause that we fiercely believe in. This week in our What Moves You series, we are proud to announce our support for the March for Racial Justice. In our day and age, it is impossible to ignore the disparities in treatment of and justice for minorities in America. The rise of social media, accessible cameras, and widespread information gives a voice to people that past generations have tried, and sometimes failed, to ignore. Because when so many people are here wholeheartedly to speak up with this voice, we cannot be ignored any longer.

 

According to The March for Racial Justice’s website, M4RJ is a black and indigenous led multi-community movement united in our demands for racial equity and justice. This includes a reversal of unjust laws, policies, and practices that hasten inequality, dehumanize people of color, and maintain white supremacy. In the past few months, racial tensions have been volatile as both man-made and natural tragedies have destroyed lives. This march is to show solidarity and demand change.

 

To us, this is not a radical or controversial idea. Our nation was founded on the idea of equality while being built upon systematic inequality, and people have been working towards equality and justice ever since. Racial justice is a cause that everyone can and should support. So we stand with our brothers and sisters, and, like we have for decades, we march.

 

Join us on Saturday, September 30th in Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill. If you are unable to march, due to distance, disability, or in observance of Yom Kippur, there are still ways to support this cause, as The March for Racial Justice continues to support your human rights as well. Check out the links below to learn, donate, endorse, volunteer, and spread the word.  We hope to see you there.

 

DONATE — Watch the Generosity by Indiegogo campaign video and donate to

the cause!

http://bit.ly/DonateToM4RJ

ENDORSE — Officially endorse the march and partner with March for Racial Justice!

http://bit.ly/EndorseM4RJ

REGISTER — Register for the march and join us on the 30th of September!

www.m4rj.com

VOLUNTEER — Interested in being more actively involved? Sign up here!

http://bit.ly/VolunteerM4RJ

 

TWITTER: @M4RJNow

INSTAGRAM: @M4RJNow

FACEBOOK: @M4RJNow

 

What Moves You: CureFest

This week in the What Moves You series, we’d like to focus on a an event near and dear to our hearts: CureFest. This weekend marks our 4th year working with CureFest, and we look forward to continue helping whenever we can.

 

CureFest, 2015

Curefest began in 2011, which makes September 16th and 17th their 6th event. Their mission is to make childhood cancer research a national priority by bringing together the general public, the medical community, elected leaders, and those whose lives have been touched by childhood cancer.  By meeting in the National Mall and presenting both informational booths and activities, they create a family-friendly space where the childhood cancer community can be together and where the general public can learn about childhood cancer and support research. They even have entertainment and key speakers perform.

Whether you’d like to march in their rally to the US Capitol, attend the candlelight vigil, see some live music (there’s even an auction for a Sabrina Carpenter meet and greet!), listen to some truly amazing people speak, or just check out and see just what the big deal is, we implore you to stop by this amazing event.  Whether you bring your family, friends, or just attend solo there is plenty to do and learn. Help CureFest raise the voice of children with cancer and try to find safer, less toxic treatments for them.

 

If you’d like more information on CureFest, please check out the links below!

 

https://www.curefestusa.org/

https://www.curefestusa.org/event-info/schedule-of-events/

https://www.curefestusa.org/volunteer/

https://www.curefestusa.org/event-info/registration-info/

@CurefestUSA on Facebook and Twitter

We hope to see you there!  

 

What Moves You: Sal’s Shoes and Players International

 

At Bookstore Movers, we firmly believe in supporting what moves you. Whether it’s working with conservation efforts, doing social work, volunteering or donating, there are so many ways to support a cause and make the world a little brighter.

Last February, Bookstore Movers was proud to work with Sal’s Shoes for the first time. In coordination with the wonderful individuals at both Sal’s Shoes and PeacePlayers International, we packed, loaded, and shipped over 550 pairs of donated sneakers!

 

It’s hard to believe, but there are 300 million children in the world to whom shoes are a rarity.* Considering how quickly children grow out of shoes, it makes sense to keep these shoes in rotation and help out children in need. By sending shoes, you are making the world safer and more accessible to these kids, so they can go to school, learn a sport, and know that people are hoping to see them succeed in achieving their goals.

 

Working with Sal’s Shoes, we saw our donations make their way to Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through Goal Academy and Promo Jeune Basket, our new shoes became the prize of a large soccer competition.  Participants in winning teams each received a pair of shoes, and through scholarships, play, and team building, each player walked away from winter camp with something to treasure and remember.  

In the coming years, we hope to keep supporting Sal’s Shoes, Goal Academy, and Promo Jeune Basket–especially as PJB builds their first international school.  We couldn’t be prouder of what these non-profit organizations have done to help communities around the world, and that we got to play a small part of it.

Every player in this photo received a pair of shoes!

What moves you? Let us know! If you’re curious about any of these non-profits, check out the links below and see if you’d like to help out, one step at a time!

 

https://www.salsshoes.com/our-story

 

http://www.goal.academy/

 

http://www.promojeunebasket.org/home

 

*Source: Sal’s Shoes