Who are you?
My name is Rebecca Cicione – I’m a 20-year-old girl from New Jersey living in Nashville, TN. I work with Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to distributing shoes to those in need around the world. We respond to natural disasters and those in abject poverty.
What is your interest in social justice?
I’ve always had a passion for social justice causes. I’ve worked with multiple organizations that past few years because I really can’t stand to just sit by and watch when there’s an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals around the world.
How did you end up working at Soles4Souls?
Well, it’s a funny story. Back in June of last year, someone I highly respect in the music industry (my other passion) recommended that if I move to Nashvile, that I should contemplate volunteering with this organization called Soles4Souls. I had recently graduated college and was exploring various opportunities. In late August, I was still home in Jersey and perusing job listings for Nashville when I came across one for Soles4Souls. They were looking for a new social media specialist. I remembered the name from our conversation and immediately took to updating and designing my resume. After a few hours of hard work, I applied for the job at about 3am Monday morning…and by 8am received a phone call asking me to come in for an interview. Long story short, I was interviewed over Skype and then asked to make the trip down for one final evaluation before they made me the job offer. So I packed up everything I could fit into my little Honda Civic and relocated to Nashville (probably my favorite city), just a few days after. It was one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made!
What is your favorite thing about your position at Soles4Souls?
I absolutely love interacting with people and essentially “spreading the word” – and my job enables me to do that all day, every day. I manage our social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, in addition to writing our blog posts (blog.soles4souls.org). I get to find the most unique stories and share them with everyone who follows us online. My favorite part is when I can share the story of someone who received items from us. For example, this weekend we provided prom dresses and shoes to 100 girls in the Metro Nashville area. I had the opportunity to listen to the story from our outreach coordinator and then tell it via photos online. I also love writing about our rockstar donors. It’s so encouraging to hear their stories and how much time and effort they put into collecting shoes for those in need. Last week I met a seven-year-old girl who collected 800 pairs of shoes at her birthday party! I’ll be blogging about that one soon.
In addition to social media, I work to engage musicians in the cause and encourage them to post about us, wear our tshirts, etc. It’s great to see our message spread through that outlet! I’m also working on our college chapter program. Whenever a student signs up to represent us on their campus, I’m able to walk them through the process and connect them with the right people here at Soles4Souls. Those are some of the highlights of my job.
How can others help Soles4Souls and their mission?
Like our Facebook page (facebook.com/giveshoes) and follow us on Twitter (@Soles4Souls)! Tell your friends about us, clean out your closet and send us your unwanted shoes…there are so many ways to get involved. Check out the Web site: http://www.giveshoes.org for info as well. If you really want to leave your comfort zone, considering traveling with us on an international distribution trip. For that, check out travle4souls.org. We need you to help us raise awareness and collect shoes! $1 provides 1 pair of shoes. It’s that simple.
To learn more about Soles4Souls, click here.