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The Joy of Sox

Socks can be more important than food

aka The Joy of Sox   |   COCHRANVILLE, PA   |  www.tjos.org

Mission

Our mission is simple - to provide joy and health to those experiencing homelessness by giving them new socks.

Ruling year info

2010

Chief Sock Person

Mr. Tom Costello Jr.

Board Chair

Ms. Tracy McGuckin

Main address

831 SUMMER BREEZE PATH

COCHRANVILLE, PA 19330-1042 USA

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EIN

27-1686705

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

If you were to ask a group of adults what they do with their old clothes they would usually say the donate them to a good cause. If you then asked them what they do with their old socks you usually get a pause; then they will predictively say they throw them out! So the niche of The Joy of Sox is to provide those much needed socks to those in need!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

1.2 Million Happy Toes Initiative - Philadlephia

This initiative can and will be replicated across the United States, however the first one began in Philadelphia.  This initiative starting with the premise that the homeless need at least one new pair of socks per month.  If there are about 10,000 homeless in the Philadelphia area then the program would need 120,000 pairs of socks.  Those socks in turn would make 1,200,000 toes happy (120,000 pairs of socks x 10 toes per person)!

Population(s) Served

We distributed our 1,000,000th pair of new socks in November 2023 to those experiencing homelessness. That day, we brought several bags of new socks to the Prevention Point facility in Philadelphia.

We don't know who received the millionth pair, but that special pair was somewhere in those bags. Someone on the streets around Prevention Point got that pair.

So, now that we have reached 1,000,000, our new goal is 2,000,000! And beyond.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Extremely poor people
Low-income people
Working poor
Homeless people
Extremely poor people
Low-income people
Working poor

Where we work

Awards

Resolution recognizing February 14th as "National Socks for the Homeless Day" 2013

Pennsylvania Senate

Resolution recognizing February 14th, Valentine's Day, as "Socks for the Homeless Day" 2013

New York State Assembly

Article about The Joy of Sox 2011

O Magazine

Resolution recognizing February 14th as "National Socks for the Homeless Day" 2018

New Jersey Senate

Resolution recognizing February 14th as "National Socks for the Homeless Day" 2018

Delaware Legislature

Resolution recognizing February 14th as "National Socks for the Homeless Day" 2015

North Dakota Legislature

Affiliations & memberships

Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of states that have passed a "Socks for Those Experiencing Homelesssness Day" resolution.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of shelters or facilities for those experiencing homlessness that we have given new socks.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of schools that conducted sock drives as a community service project.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision statement says it best: To be the most effective charity in the United States, and to give every person experiencing homelessness in America six pairs of new socks every year.

Our mission is to provide joy and health to those experiencing homelessness by giving them new socks.

1. Expand our board to include 10 engaged members.
2. Develop and implement our fundraising strategy.
3. Develop and implement our strategic plan.
4. Investigate the legal requirements of operating The Joy of Sox in the 50 states.
5. Get state resolutions passed in the remaining 45 states.
6. Utilize the funding from #2 to hire support staff to allow this to happen.
7. Develop strategic partnerships with sock manufacturers.

Our capabilities are only limited by our ability to raise funds. Plus we have access to quality interns and pro bono legal work that allows us to leverage our strengths.

We have donated over 700,000 pairs of new socks to those experiencing homelessness.

However, we are somewhat stuck at our current level of distribution until we can increase our funding to allow us to accomplish our above goals.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Joy of Sox

Board of directors
as of 05/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Tracy McGuckin

The Joy of Sox

Term: 2019 - 2026


Board co-chair

Ms. Kathy Hadden

The Joy of Sox

Term: 2019 - 2026

Tom Costello

The Joy of Sox

Austin Glass

Villanova University

Tracy McGuckin

The Joy of Sox

Kathy Hadden

The Joy of Sox

Cori Panulla

Vanguard

Regina Melchiorre

Optum

Michelle Giffroy-Rossi

The Joy of Sox

Sami Grady

The Joy of Sox

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.