Goodie Two Shoes Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Philanthropy

Location: 10620 Southern Highlands Pkwy #110-474 Las Vegas NV 89141 USA

Mission: The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation provides disadvantaged children or children in crisis with new shoes and socks as well as other items deemed essential for good health and positive development.
Results: The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation strives to outfit 10,000 children annually with new shoes and socks.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000
Geographic areas served: Southern Nevada
Programs: What makes the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation different? Our programming is based on teh premise that we don't just provide a child in need witha new pair of shoes. Rather, we measure their feet on -site to ensure proper fit. We pair them one-on-one with a community volunteer whom takes a special interest and walks them throguht the process. We make them the center of attention,and. most importantly, we EMPOWER them with choice; by giving them the opportunity to select any pair of shoes they want from our traveling inventory of high-quality athletic shoes, just like the ones their friends at school might be wearing. In the short-term, our programming provides simple necessities in a fun and exciting atmosphere. But long after the recipients outgrow their Goodie Two Shoes of choice, we hope the children remember their positive interaction with a caring community volunteer, and the feelings of EMPOWERMENT, which came with making an unrestrained, positive choice and draw on that experience when making decisions in the future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering with Goodie Two Shoes for a couple of years now, and continue to wish I could do more. The staff and volunteers are wonderful, and it is obvious how much their loving efforts are appreciated by those they serve. My heart is constantly overwhelmed by the smiles as the kids go through the process and select their own pair of brand new shoes. I know that seems so trivial to those of us who are more fortunate, but you can see the delight and a rising sense of worth as they walk away in shoes they picked out for themselves. I recently heard a grandmother thank us through tears of joy, that we can provide this experience. Yeah, I think Goodie Two Shoes deserves to be on the list of the best.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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To be able to create such joy in a child by providing them with something so many of us take so very much for granted... a good pair of new shoes... gives me great satisfaction. Goodie Two Shoes makes it very easy for volunteers to do their part. You can sense the heart in the whole staff and it comes through in the smiles, fun and respect they show to those who are helping, and those who are being helped.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the smiles of the kids and seeing some of them running and laughing in their new shoes.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to bring such joy to these children so easily. Goodie Two Shoes has their system down and I was able to be put right to work and felt useful immediately.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all smiles and obviously grateful for the efforts of the volunteers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more kids and improve more lives by expanding this simple but vital concept.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Goodie Two Shoes Foundation has provided a much needed service to the children of Southern Nevada. Many of us do not ever think about what it is like to be without the "simple" things in our life, like a single pair of well fitting shoes. My experience with this wonderful foundation has opened my eyes to the vast need the Las Vegas area has for such a program. Every volunteer opportunity brings many new stories, however, the one that sticks in my mind the most occured on December 23, 2008. Goodie Two Shoes Foundation was providing new shoes to children from a local shelter. The children were brought in by bus and a few of their mother's were along. I was assisting a teenage brother and sister with their shoe selection. Of course, the teenage girl found the shoes she wanted immediately and she was so excited to have new shoes just in time for Christmas. However, her brother was not as easy to please. We looked at every single pair of shoes his size, and after at least 30 minutes, he said that he just didn't want any of the shoes. I told him that we really did want him to select a new pair, however, he remained firm that he just didn't want any. I discussed this situation with Nikki Berti, and she told me that if he didn't want shoes, we could not make him take any. I then went and assisted another young child in selecting a new pair of shoes. When I was through with this other child, I noticed that my original teenage boy was still looking at the shoes. So, once again, I asked him if maybe he found a pair that he would like to try on. At this time, he asked me if his sister could pick another pair instead. When I told him that we could give one pair per child, he then said that his mother wears the same size shoe as his sister and "mom only has slippers to wear". Sure enough, mom was in the store and was wearing worn out slippers. At this point, I told Nikki about the request, when she walked over to the teenage boy and said, "We would be happy to give your mother a new pair of shoes as long as you take a pair also". It was only then that he selected the shoes he had in mind all along. What a fine, responsible young man I had standing in front of me. I was so proud of the way that Nikki and Goodie Two Shoes handled this circumstance with such professionalism and ease. More proof as to how important and necessary this foundation is.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

So many happy faces and dancing feet throughout the Las Vegas area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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"With a new pair of shoes, you can do anything" is quoted on a card I keep on my desk. We at the Mesquite Club of Las Vegas, Evening Chapter sure hope so. For two consectutive years, our largest fundraiser, our Holiday Craft Auction has been a huge successes with the proceeds donated to The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation. Our members have personally participated in both a shoe distribution at a local area Boys and Girls Club and also, on site, at area schools in which children receive new shoes, several new pairs of socks, as well pack-backs filled with needed school supplies. GTSF has these events very well organized. The children's feet are sized and then volunteers personally assist a child in picking our shoes that fit them properly. We have seen children coming in with shoes with the backs cut from them as they have outgrown them and children with toes curled under due to having to wearing shoes that are too small. The children arrive with their heads held down and after being treated so special by the volunteers that call them by name and let THEM pick out the style of shoes they want, (with a little bit of growing room), the children leave with their heads high and big smiles on their faces. It is truly a wonderful thing to be a part of. GTSF founders Nikki and Toni Berti are an inspiration and make the volunteers feel so very special and have all the information, training and supplies to make sure the shoe distribution is a very positive experience for everyone involved. Our members look forward to a long term relationship with Goodie Two Shoes as far as fundraising and volunteering. Connie Macauley The Mesquite Club of Las Vegas, Woman's Club 702-378-1325

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing hundreds of children recieve new shoes and school supplies. The members of our volunteer organization have benefitted as well due to the fact that we can make such a difference in our local community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage them to go nationwide with the exact programs they have going on in Nevada.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the actually benefit to the children that are given new shoes. I know that they will go back to the classroom and feel better about themselves and also may consider being involved in something like that when they are older.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so nice and so eager to make a difference in our community. Volunteers are consist of local business people giving back to their community in a Hands-On way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go nationwide with this wonderful program.

Ways to make it better...

it went on all day!!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the growing population of children that need properly fitting shoes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the volunteers are treated so special as the organizaton realizes they cannot reach as many children as they do unless their volunteer team stays strong. It is truly and heartwarming experience to volunteer for this non-profit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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I initially volunteered to work with the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation as part of the "Give a Day, Get a Day" Disney promotion. It was such an honor to work with them to provide these wonderful, deserving children with a decent pair of shoes that actually fit them. This foundation not ony serves to provide for the "felt needs" of our children but also helps to boost their self esteem. Everyone involved with the Foundation is positive and encouraging with the children and with us as volunteers. I have served with Goodie Two Shoes again since my first time and look forward to the opportunity of serving the children of Clark County with them again as much as possible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

There is nothing that can describe the look on the children's face when they walk away with their new, well fitting "brand name" shoes. I can't help but believe that this makes a huge difference in many areas of their lives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to provide children with something that they need in their daily life, but also watching their joy in being able to make their own choice.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is positive and supportive. The volunteers appear to enjoy helping the children an interacting with them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide needed shoes for many, many more children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Off the charts. That is how I would rank the effort and benefits of Goodie Two Shoes.So many children get to feel better about themselves every time they tie their shoes in the morning.Every morning the kids know that someone in the world is trying to help them feel better about who they are. Perhaps the benefit of have a new pair of shoes will lift their grade average just a little or maybe a lot at school. Perhaps the benefit of a good pair of shoes will improve their posture and health. Its is great that a few can reach so many. Keep up the great work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Smiles, happy feet, happy kids, happy parents, happy teachers,what more can you want for?

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more shoes to change more lives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The leadership team, the happy feet.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Off the chart, attentive and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide shoes for thousands more children and keep up with the little feet growing faster than the shoes wearing out.

Ways to make it better...

I don't think it can get much better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Not enough money, time, shoes,public support or community awareness. TV and radio stations might provide more free time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

There are many great organizations doing their best to serve the many in need. Young people are the ones who will help in the future with the new young feet coming up. Hopefully Goodie Two Shoes can grow as fast as the number of feet grow and size grows.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Good To Shoes Foundation is one of the few charities that serve a purpose for the true meaning of service. They help not only children develop a postive attitide by empowering them with something so small as a new pair of shoes but also empowers the volunteers to want to make a change. To most people we can't stuff enough shoes into our closets, but to these children that they reach out to, it is like watching a child on Christmas morning! Nothing compares to the feeling of being involved with something so special, and the fact that it helps our local children who will in turn be our local adults someday is even more gratifing. I love how the foundation is run and more than proud and honored to be a part of it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping serve at risk schools, working in the warehouse, and helping make fund raising events a little more specail

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope that they could expand and reach out to as many children as are in need. What an amazing, selfless pure form of love that this foundation portrays!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Never a moment that the foundation owners would ever have a sour attitude. They love what they do!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

People who were trying to make a difference in our community

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve as many children who were in need

Ways to make it better...

Couldnt have had a better experience!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

need more funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

Never any pressure to serve. We just do it for a wondefel oppertunity to give back

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Goodie Two Shoes Foundation is amazing! Obviously providing shoes to kids who don't have any is a wonderful wonderful cause. . but what makes GTSF so special is all of the little details that they pay so much attention to. The kids aren't herded through a line to pick up their donated products, each child is treated individually empowering them with choice and attention. Each child selects the shoes that they WANT all the while each child is carefully fit so they receive the shoes they NEED. Organized, kind, energetic and just wonderful to work with are all phrases I have used to describe GTSF. I can't wait to work with them again!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the children who are served, light up as they wear their new shoes shows the results time and time again.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Having been connected with the Goodie Two Shoes event for over 7 years now, I have seen from an observer's point of view just how this event impacts the children of Nevada. I know what its like not to have the coolest shoes or even a new pair of shoes that fit to go back to school wearing. During this event, each child is partnered with someone great whose only quest is to find a pair of shoes the child loves. And when they are found, you know as their eyes light up and they smile from ear to ear. Along with the shoes they receive so much more...a backbpack filled with school supplies, lunch and the individual attention that kids this age love. This organization is ran by an amazing woman and her staff is just as fabulous. The impact they have on thousands of kids every year can't be measured nor even quantified, but anyone that witnesses this, knows that these kids will remember this for a lifetime and just maybe they will turn around and do something great for someone else when they get older. Bottom line...it is an amazing organization doing a fabulous job of reaching out to those that have a need and doing it with a level of professionalism and warmth that is unmatched.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Las Vegas, NV where they are based. I have my 2 titleholders, Miss NV USA & Miss NV Teen USA scheduled each year to attend as it is an eye opener for them to see 1,000 of children that need shoes. The opportunity to have them help out is a good experience

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would want them to receive more sponsor and grant monies as they are organized and ready to expand their services and reach more children.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are caring and organized. What they say they can do...they can do.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fabulous!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand until there is no more need.

Ways to make it better...

they had more funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds to expand to reach more children.

One thing I'd also say is that...

its a challenge to find an organization that cares so much about what they do AND has the ability to put so much towards the end goal which is to provide shoes for children. Usually there is so much overhead involved, not here.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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