Our goal is that under-resourced children and youth in need of proper footwear, like the one mentioned above, throughout Cambria and Somerset counties will receive proper-fitting and seasonally appropriate footwear so they can go to school without discomfort, accident or embarrassment.
Project Shoes has been meeting this need since 1992. In 2016 alone, Project Shoes provided over $18,000 worth of shoes to area children! Community Foundation For The Alleghenies granted $2,000 and Elizabeth A. Bradley Foundation granted $5,000 for 2017. United Methodist Human Services, through the support of District United Methodist Churches and private donations, funds the remaining budget amount for Project Shoes. We are seeking local business sponsors who share our passion and concern.
Project Shoes provides $30 and $40 (for winter boots) one-time use giftcards to Payless ShoeSource to purchase footwear for under-resourced children in over 40 area schools as well as CYS, Head Start, Appalachia IU08 and other human service agencies in our area.
100% of monies donated go directly to helping under-resourced students. Referrals are made through school guidance counselors, teachers, nurses, social workers and other social service providers.
The guidance counselor from an area school in which 76% of students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program, shared how vital the Project Shoes program is to their students. In fact, during one of the rainiest weeks of this past school year, the guidance counselor shared how they had to duct-tape one little boy’s shoes in order for him to be able to wear them to finish out the rest of the school day.
We appreciate the support we receive for our Project Shoes program and for the sacrifice and generosity of those who help ensure that the under-resourced and underprivileged children and youth throughout our community have the resources needed for healthy bodies as well as healthy minds.
Project Shoes is is funded in part by:
The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies exists to improve the quality of life for residents in Bedford, Cambria, Somerset, and Indiana counties by connecting community needs with the passions of families, businesses, and individuals.
The Elizabeth A. Bradley Mission Fund is administered through the United Methodist Women of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. This fund is used to support programs which serve children, youth and women in matters of health concerns, education, and spiritual well-being.