Shoebox Project

Emerging Leaders Shoebox Project

The annual Shoebox Project has become a fall tradition for our United Way and the community. From September to early November, 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.

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For many in our community, basic comforts such as toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, and other personal care items are a luxury. The United Way Shoebox Project is a way we can help get essential care products to those in need so they can feel better and live better.

How can you help? Grab a shoe box and fill it with unopened personal care items--anything you think would help an individual or family with day-to-day living. Travel-size products work best! Bulk items are also welcome, and are distributed to specific shelters to be available to residents.

 

Volunteer helping to sort shoe boxes.

ORGANIZATIONS WHO RECEIVED DONATIONS

These 13 area nonprofits received shoebox donations in 2013 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.

 

ARE YOU A SCHOOL, BUSINESS OR INDIVIDUAL INTERESTED IN DOING MORE TO HELP OUT?

Shoebox Volunteer Team

Help us make the Shoebox Project an even greater success 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.