It’s wasn’t enough for Mitscoots’ founders to simply volunteer or make donations to their favorite charities when they saw a need in the community. No, the Austin-based start-up has found a way to put ‘doing good’ into the very fabric (pun intended) of their business.
After serving alongside Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ out on the streets of Austin, Tim and Agata Scott decided that there was one very simple, very specific way they could help our homeless brothers and sisters: by making sure they had clean socks to wear. The Scotts then developed a line of socks that are high quality, comfortable, and stylish and began selling them to locals, and then donating them for Mobile Loaves & Fishes to carry out on to the streets to distribute to our homeless friends.
“American manufacturing means jobs right here in the states and that matters to us,” Tim said. “We have tried to address the needs of everyone that is involved in our socks from start to finish. Granted, it might be cheaper and easier to have them manufactured overseas, but we are about making the right decisions and not the easy ones.”
But Team Mitscoots didn’t stop there. Working with Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ ROADS program, they employ homeless individuals to help with the packaging of the socks, giving them an opportunity to earn a dignified living in a safe, comfortable environment.
“We are about empowerment and offering a hand-up and not just a hand-out,” he said. “When those that need it do work for us, they know that they have contributed to something bigger and that gives them a since of pride and accomplishment that goes well beyond just a charitable gesture. We don’t just want to help the homeless, we want to make a system where they have the ability to help themselves.”
Learn more about Mitscoots at their website, and watch the video to learn more about this fantastic company: