Peach’s Pen Pal Project event recap

The launch of Peach’s Pen Pal Project was the perfect inaugural event for AIGA San Diego’s Design for Good efforts.

The event featured the amazing Madison “Peach” Steiner, the founder of Peach’s Neet Feet, a non-profit that provides custom, hand-painted shoes to children living with disabilities and fighting serious illnesses. Peach shared what inspired her into action and what she has learned since founding Peach’s Neet Feet.

“Embrace the unraveling and reweave it into the life that you want.”

— Madison “Peach” Steiner

Some of the kids who had received hand-painted shoes from Peach’s Neet Feet were present. Their energy was infectious and inspiring.

After listening to Peach, attendees created hand drawn designs that will be reproduced into color-in postcards for the launch of a new program, Peach’s Pen Pal Project. These postcards will give Peach’s kids with disabilities and illnesses the opportunity to connect by becoming pen pals with other kids within the program. Peach’s Pen Pal Project was the first “design in action” project created by San Diego AIGA Design For Good Committee. It will go national to children throughout America.

“I liked that this event had a message outside of just design-design for social impact. I liked the fact that we saw not only the speaker the kids that have been impacted by the program.”

— Feedback from an attendee
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“We were so excited to give designers the opportunity to help create positive change. As creative thinkers, we can often help find fresh approaches to difficult challenges. I hope this is the first of many such events. I invite people who have ideas for future events, actions or causes to share their ideas!”

— Sharon Conzales, Past Design for Good Chair

Find out how to become a shoe artist for Peach’s Neet Feet.

Peach’s Pen Pal Project was the first event hosted by AIGA San Diego’s Design for Good. This program gives designers the opportunity to use their talents to make a difference through volunteer opportunities, community outreach events, educational forum and guest speakers. If you would like to help plan future Design for Good events, please contact:

Sharon Gonzales
Past Design For Good Chair

By AIGA San Diego
Published November 26, 2014