How We Give
Hippy Feet is a Minneapolis-based Benefit Corporation dedicated to supporting the homeless. Each product sold allows us to provide transitional employment to young people ages 16-24 who are experiencing homelessness. Through a program called Pop-Up Employment, Hippy Feet creates jobs for homeless youth via our packaging, screenprinting, and embroidery operations. We bring these jobs directly to the young people we aim to serve. By strategically partnering with local non-profits, we are able to ensure that our employment efforts are happening in a safe, convenient, and familiar environment that overlooks the traditional barriers that limit homeless youth from finding consistent forms of employment.
Our goal isn’t to be a forever employer for young people affected by homelessness, rather our aim is to provide income, opportunity, job training, and giving in a way that is both earned and respects human dignity. The long term goal for Hippy Feet is to play a pivotal role in positioning young people into stable housing and transition them into full-time employment elsewhere.
We are committed to making all of our socks and apparel products in the United States and with environmentally friendly materials and practices.
As of July 2020, we have been able to provide jobs to more than 120 young people affected by homelessness. This adds up to over 1,900 hours of employment - providing young people in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Chicago the chance to earn a transitional wage and basic job training. In some cases, this has led to full time employment and permanent housing for our program participants.
Later this year, we will be highlighting the stories of young people whose lives were improved through their involvement with Hippy Feet. By following us on Facebook and Instagram, you'll know when these stories are released.
Thank you for your support and making the such an incredible impact possible.