About Us

This small act of providing a pair of gloves or a pair of socks to those in need was the catalyst to create the Hands N Feet Foundation as the vehicle to help those less fortunate stay warm and give them a sense of self worth from people that do care about them and our community. A simple personal story of how one employee reached out to help the homeless was our inspiration in creating this worthwhile and caring foundation. As the US economy struggles to recover from the most brutal economic downturn of our generation, more than ever millions of Americans are feeling the effects of our nation’s economic challenges as they struggle to make ends meet for themselves and their families. Many families who were previously living paycheck to paycheck have crossed into homelessness and the hardship faced by those that were already homeless has been magnified as funding for non-profit organizations has been strained by increased demand and decreased funding.

At Hands N Feet Foundation, we provide assistance to the homeless and less fortunate in the Greater Charlotte area through the small but meaningful gesture of giving gloves and socks to aid in providing warmth during the cold winter months. Meet the team that makes up our Board of Directors and our Leadership Team. We are fortunate to have a group of local executives that provides excellent leadership and guidance:

HandsNFeet Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit operation in Charlotte, North Carolina that serves to bring added warmth to our neighbors in need throughout the Greater Charlotte region through the distribution of outerwear accessories. We strive for the highest level of financial integrity and operation with 100% unpaid volunteers. The HandsNFeet Foundation was established in 2011 by the senior management team at Flores & Associates in their pursuit of a ‘hands-on’ Christmas Project for their employees to participate in during the holiday season. Through the input of one of our staff members, we decided to create our own foundation as a way to engage our employees, clients, friends and other concerned parties in an ongoing community outreach effort.

Our Vision

The HandsNFeet Foundation believes there is no such thing as JUST GIVING a glove or a sock. WE believe the greatest difference our gift can make in a person’s life is the love & respect the simple act signifies. It is the small gesture of human kindness that may be the catalyst the recipient needs to help them break the cycle of homelessness. HandsNFeet Foundation believes our impact is not just felt through the lives we touch, but through the transformation of the donors and volunteers involved in this act of kindness as we fulfill our shared vision of providing assistance to those in need. The battle of homelessness and the challenges our homeless neighbors face to stay warm during the cold winter months is an ongoing dilemma that we all have a vested interest in overcoming in order to maintain and foster the community we love. It is our vision that we can offer added warmth to thousands of people each year by giving them basic essentials such as a pair of gloves or a pair of socks that will help them to stay warm during the cold winter months and remind them that their community cares about them.

Why HandsNFeet Foundation?

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    Being a part of the Hands N Feet Foundation has been extremely rewarding. Living in the Uptown Charlotte area I see our neighbors in need on a daily basis and knowing that my efforts with the foundation is directly translated to aiding my neighbors is an incredible feeling. I love seeing people in the area and wondering if they are wearing a hat or gloves donated through our work.

    Kathryn VOLUNTEER
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    Volunteering with HNF has been a wonderful experience! The organization is able to work with partners across the community to help those experiencing homelessness have a few of the necessities to make it through the winter. Being a volunteer with HNF is a great reminder that small acts of kindness can make a huge impact.

    Jasmine VOLUNTEER
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    Having the opportunity to volunteer with HandsNFeet has been such a great experience. Not only am I able to volunteer my time, but I also got my local church, St. Francis, involved in our foundation. In February of 2016, my church donated over 200 pairs of socks for children and families in the Greater Charlotte Area. It was such a rewarding experience to see my church come together and donate socks for our foundation!

    Annie VOLUNTEER
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    I volunteer for HandsNFeet because I believe in the cause of the organization and share the same passion for helping those in need in my community. HandsNFeet Foundation allows me to deliver much needed socks, gloves, and hats directly to organizations within our community also dedicated to this cause. Working with an organization that helps in the small way of simply warming the hands and feet of our neighbors, but is making a such huge difference in our community, is more than rewarding and a honor to be a part of.

    Meagan VOLUNTEER
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    The HandsNFeet Foundation is dear to my heart and I am proud to be a part of a foundation that is working to help the homeless and less fortunate in our area. From planning HNF fundraising events, to working at special agencies, to sorting socks and gloves, I love that I can contribute in a small but meaningful way to those that need help. Necessity items such as socks and gloves are often forgotten in the big picture but what a great feeling when we give socks to those homeless that are wearing worn dirty socks or those little ones that don’t have gloves to wear when standing and waiting on the bus on those cold winter days. With a commitment to serve others and 100% unpaid volunteers, I am proud to work with HNF! People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do!

    Renee Volunteer
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    The Thursday meal service for our homeless friends is so grateful for our partnership with HNF. What a blessing it is to be able to provide the basic necessities to those we serve. A clean pair of socks, a warm pair of gloves on a cold winter night makes a difference. The concept of this organization is so simple, yet it has such a big impact on our community. HNF provides comfort to those who need it most.

    Rachel Harris Volunteer and Thursday Meal Service Organizer
  • Customer Testimonails

    “Working with the HandsNFeet Foundation has been such a rewarding experience! Each time we volunteer, we see (and feel) the positive impact that HandsNFeet’s mission has on the community. As a volunteer, it is heartwarming to know that your work is making a difference.”

    Jacob and Brooke Riske Volunteers
  • Customer Testimonails

    Volunteering with HNF for the past 1 ½ years has been a great experience for me. I really connect with the vision of HNF: small acts of kindness displayed (providing socks, hats and gloves) in an effort to provide warmth and genuine care to the homeless neighbors in our community. It’s a pleasure to be a part of an organization that provides care in such an impactful and simple way.

    Jeff Lloyd Volunteer
  • Customer Testimonails

    “Before HandsNFeet Foundation approached us about partnering with us to distribute new socks through our community Free Store, socks were among our customers’ highest-priority unmet needs. We receive a few pairs of donated gently used socks a day, and we serve over 13,000 low-income working families, along with the homeless community, every year. So, we almost never were able to make a dent in the need for socks. Now, although we still need more socks, HandsNFeet has made it possible for us to shift our focus to procurement of other essential items such as new underwear, men’s shoes, blankets and comforters, and pots and pans. Thanks to HandsNFeet, our customers can live in dignity with new socks. As important, our customers can preserve their precious financial resources for other essential needs such as housing expenses, transportation, health care, and food, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.”

    Pete Volunteer and Agency Contact

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

You can help warm the hands and feet of your Charlotte neighbors by delivering items to local agencies and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Volunteers will visit 1218 South Church Street in South End Charlotte with a car/van, pick up boxes of gloves and socks, and deliver them to local organizations in need. A few minutes of your time will make a remarkable impact.

To find out more about this and other opportunities as they become available, register at www.volunteermatch.org and select “homeless” as an interest.

We are currently delivering to:

  • Crisis Assistance Ministry
  • Charlotte Rescue Mission
  • Urban Ministry Center
  • A Child’s Place
  • Catholic Charities
  • YWCA of Central Carolinas

  • Men’s Shelter of Charlotte
  • Harding University High School
  • Garinger High School
  • Vance High School
  • West Charlotte High School
  • West Mecklenburg High School
  • And many other Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools with kids facing homelessness

help us meet our donation goal for 2016

21,793 OF 25,000 ITEM DONATED GOAL
Items Donated 2016 21,793 of 25,000

Follow our Success

Wyatt

November 11th, 2016

This is Wyatt, we met him around this time last year. This year, Wyatt is taller, he is in the 4th grade, has more hair and his community service goals were higher. He organized his second annual Socktober drive. This year, he upped his goal to 500 after collecting 340 pairs of socks in 2015. Wyatt far exceeded his goal by collecting 652 pairs of socks.

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Grant Thornton

January 7th, 2016

Following another successful HNF Jeans Day Fundraiser by the Charlotte office of Grant Thornton our HNF Executive Vice President, Clay Peddycord thanked Lauren Spegal and said… Wow! You all have participated in 4 drives and raised nearly $1600. Time flies…how did we get to this point?

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Consolidated Planning

December 21, 2015

When HandsNFeet Foundation, Board Member Jeff Howard went to his office recently… he was pleasantly surprised to find his office covered with socks. The staff at Consolidated Planning left him a card and the socks pictured here.

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