Shoebox Project

Emerging Leaders Shoebox Project

The annual Shoebox Project has become a fall tradition for our United Way and the community. From mid-September through October, individuals, families, and businesses fill shoe boxes with personal care items so they can be given to homeless and financially insecure individuals in our community. Shoeboxes are delivered to Chippewa Valley shelters and agencies so these essentials can be provided to those in need.

IDEXX Laboratories in Eau Claire runs Shoebox Project drive at their location.

2013 COLLECTION SHORT OF GOAL, BUT MANY WILL BE HELPED

Although a lofty goal was not reached for our 2013 collection, the equivalent of over 630 shoe boxes made their way to 13 area non profits to be distributed to kids, adults and families who are homeless or financially distressed. For each who receive, the soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and other personal care items will be a small way to help them with their day to day. Far more significant is the awareness that someone out there cares.

 

Volunteer helping to sort shoe boxes.

ORGANIZATIONS WHO RECEIVED DONATIONS

These 13 area nonprofits received shoebox donations to distribute to their clients who are homeless or otherwise struggling financially:

  • Beacon House
  • Bolton Refuge House
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • The Community Table
  • Chippewa Valley Free Clinic
  • Open Door Clinic
  • American Red Cross
  • The Salvation Army
  • Sojourner House
  • Starting Points
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • The Wellness Shack
  • Western Dairyland
 


PUTTING A LOT OF HEART INTO BASIC NEEDS

Many who donate give more than just the essential personal supplies, they also give their time and hearts to decorate their shoeboxes and make their contribution a warm, sincere gift. They have fun, are creative, and often involve family, friends, and co-workers. The Shoebox Project is a great way to make a difference in someone else’s life - and yours.

 

Shoebox Volunteer Team

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

  • American’s Best Value Inn
  • Associated Bank
  • Bank Mutual
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Country Jam
  • Macy's
  • Wal-Mart
  • All our fantastic volunteers!
 

ARE YOU A SCHOOL, ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING NEXT YEAR?

Regis school kids build shoe boxes.Help us make next year an even greater success--be a part of the Shoebox Project and help do immediate good for the community. We are always looking for the following:

  • Businesses to be drop-off locations (especially grocery, department and drug stores that carry personal care items)
  • Schools and organizations to run Shoebox campaigns - get your fellow employees involved!
  • Individuals to spread the word about Shoebox - talk to your church members, child's school, social clubs, and more
  • Volunteers to pick up shoeboxes, sort bulk items and distribute to area agencies

For those interested, please contact us at: shoeboxproject@uwgcv.org or call the United Way office at 715-834-5043 and ask for Dustin.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR NEXT YEAR!

Collections for next year’s Shoe Box project begin during 2014’s LIVE UNITED week starting September 8th, and will continue through October of 2014. Start collecting items now!