Community West Foundation Expands SocksPLUS Program into Lorain County

Community West Foundation announced they have expanded their SocksPLUS initiative into Lorain County through partnerships with area leaders helping people experiencing homelessness.

Community West started SocksPLUS in 2014 after learning that socks were, and still are, the number one requested item by homeless people. Every year, they collect new socks and other essential items to be given directly to those in need.

Items collected for SocksPLUS can now be taken to Good Neighbor Thrift Shop, a ministry of Avon Lake United Church of Christ, located at 158 Lear Road in Avon Lake. The donations will be picked up by non-profit community service agency, Neighborhood Alliance, for sorting and distribution to those who are struggling through the Lorain County Taskforce for the Homeless.

“We are thrilled about the program expansion into Lorain County because it means more support for those who are suffering,” commented Marty Uhle, President and CEO of Community West Foundation.

“Individuals and families experiencing homelessness desperately need basic supplies,” remarked Alicia Foss, President and CEO of Neighborhood Alliance. “The SocksPLUS program will help us to distribute essential items to those who need it most in Lorain County, and we are honored to play a role in ensuring donations reach as many people as possible.”

SocksPLUS items needed for people who are homeless:

  • New Socks
  • New Underwear
  • Toiletries
  • Winter Gloves and Hats
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tents (must be folded tightly in order to be accepted for donation)

Monetary donations are always welcome and can be made online at or mailed to the Community West Foundation office located at 800 Sharon Drive, Westlake, OH 44145. A gift of just $10 will help purchase 10 pairs of socks. A larger donation provides socks PLUS gloves, hats, boots and other necessities that are so desperately needed. When you support SocksPLUS, 100% of your donation is used to provide caring assistance to our struggling neighbors.

The program has seen exponential growth since its inception in 2014 providing over $1 million in funding and in-kind donations to the homeless in our community.

About Community West Foundation

The mission of Community West Foundation is to advance the health and well-being of our community. The staff and Board of Directors are guided by the words in Matthew 25:35-40. While their mission is based on these teachings, they are not affiliated with any particular religion. Their grantees, friends and donors come from diverse faiths and practices.

About Good Neighbor Thrift Shop

The Good Neighbor Thrift Shop is a mission and ministry of the Avon Lake United Church of Christ congregation. We offer a friendly environment, affordable clothing and household items. Open since April 1979, all of the profits support the mission giving of the church.

About Neighborhood Alliance

Neighborhood Alliance has been compassionately caring for the community since 1927. They are helping our community grow stronger by caring for their clients’ most basic needs. Located in Lorain County, they provide emergency shelter, homeless outreach, daily meal delivery, nutrition services including an emergency food pantry and socialization activities for seniors, childcare and child enrichment programs, and access to family support programs such as Help Me Grow for those in need.

About Lorain County Taskforce for the Homeless

The Lorain County Taskforce for the Homeless was established over 30 years ago with the mission to eliminate homelessness in Lorain County, by assessing the needs of the county’s homeless and the resources available to meet those needs; and advocating on their behalf by educating citizens and officials about homelessness in the county. The Homeless Taskforce works closely with the Lorain County Continuum of Care, and collaborates with various county agencies to monitor and address the needs of the county’s homeless population.

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