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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Soles4Souls is a global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. 

Results: Since it began, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries.  Soles4Souls is a global social enterprise committed to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.  The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.  Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator.  Please visit www.soles4souls.org for more information.

Programs: Soles4souls collects shoes from the footwear industry, including manufacturing, wholesale and retail oriented companies. These donations will include first-quality new shoes, shoes with minor defects, and customer returns. S4s also collects shoe donations from the general public through shoe drives hosted by individuals, civic groups, schools, churches, and retail businesses. Through our extensive network of qualified charitable partners, as well as through our travel4souls volunteer program, new shoes are distributed to people in need both in the u. S. And internationally suffering from conditions of poverty or the effects of natural disasters. Used shoes are graded and utilized in support of microenterprise initiatives in developing nations. These shoes will provide a livelihood for many impoverished families, spurring local development as well as providing access to low-cost footwear in areas where there may be no alternatives.

clothes4souls receives donations of clothing and accessories from the apparel industry. These donations will include new clothing from first-quality inventories, customer returns, defective products, and items with cosmetic deficiencies. Similar to the utilization of footwear, new clothing is distributed to provide short term relief including crisis relief situations. Clothing either damaged or in need of repair is used in support of microenterprise initiatives in developing nations. As with footwear, this sustainable effort ultimately advances the global fight against poverty.

hope4souls supplements crisis relief distributions through the donations of other suitable donated products received. Items distributed include books, diapers, and toys for children, dvd's, medical equipment, and other relief supplies. These donations have been provided by industrial donors as well as other non-governmental organizations.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Margie P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AMAZING team! Can't wait to he's to Haiti in April!

3 Whitney J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Traveled to Guatemala with S4S in 2013. The need there was incredible. We gave shoes to children who usually walked barefoot to school. They had cuts, bruises, and calluses on their feet. One little girl cried as I washed her feet. All she could say was "thank you." We also visited a dump where people live. They go through the trash to find food, clothes, and things to make their homes. They don't get the luxury of new things. I will never forget the looks on their faces when we handed out shoes. I've never felt so needed. It's humbling. You don't realize how lucky you are until you see people in real need. And I got to help them. This organization is amazing. S4S takes the simple act of giving out shoes to a whole new level. What this organization does is give people hope. Give them peace and joy. Traveling with S4S changed my life.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A group of friends and I have partnered with Soles4Souls for the past 2 years and are in the process of working with them again in 2016. We have collect 2,000 shoes in honor of a dear friend who lost her battle with Cervical Cancer in 2013. This is a wonderful organization that is making a HUGE impact on the world through something as simple as shoes. We feel very blessed to be able to have such an amazing partnership with them! Give HOPE. Give SHOES.

1 Maggi T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soles4Souls commitment to "Wearing out Poverty" is outstanding. They are organized, personable with genuine staff members who put 100% in to everything they work on. I have never been happier working with a charity and love the simpleness of giving shoes to give someone a chance in life.

2 Kandi M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have went on two Travel4Souls trips and had an amazing time! I also went with my church on a mission trip and we distributed shoes via Soles4Souls as well this past month.

Kelly H is an amazing leader and has a heart of gold. I visited both Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Haiti over the past year and have helped give over 1000 pairs of new shoes to children, as well as, used shoes to many others. I believe in continuing to engage my friends and neighbors throughout my community in shoe drives and hopefully encouraging them to also be a part of Travel4Souls one day! I highly recommend signing up for a trip. It'll change your life!
-Kandi M.

1 Jodi10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soles4souls was a wonderful experience and would highly recommend it to anyone! I enjoyed the people, culture of Tanzania and the beauty of the country! I never realized ALL I would personally take away from such a great trip! I thought about all I would have to do and give to make this trip possible, but the return on your time and expense is PRICELESS :)

My advise to anyone thinking about joining Soles4souls, is this "just do it". Find a country you would like to visit and sign up, everything else will fall into place and it will be a trip you will remember for a life time!

Jodi Sampson
Tanzania Trip 2013

1 Kiersten B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Costa Rica with Sole4Souls and experienced so much. Not only do they help connect us with the children who we passed out shoes to but we got to see some of the city and did some touring as well. Everything was well organized, and we were cared for very well and the coordinator made sure we felt at home the entire time.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 16 year old son and I went on the trip to Honduras with S4S. It was an amazing & humbling experience. We went to an Orphanage called Emmanuel and put shoes on 100+ kids feet and had the opportunity to stay at the orphanage and play with the children. Our fearless leader Kelly was amazing and we felt very safe at all times. I would highly recommend this trip. We are planning another trip for next year. Muchas Gracias

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My school collected shoes for Soles4Souls and the entire community got behind this wonderful organization. I cannot say enough good things about Soles4Souls. They were eager to accept our 2500 pairs of shoes. Then I traveled with Soles4Souls to Costa Rica to help give shoes to needy children. What a rewarding and life changing experience. They do so much more than giving away shoes. Their partners in other countries reach out to find the individuals that are the most in need. The Soles4Souls coordinator that traveled with us to Costa Rica went the extra mile to make sure we had a memorable experience. Back in the United States I even met the CEO of Soles4Souls and he too showed how each person associated with them have the passion and dedication to making a difference in the world. I have volunteered in the community for over 30 years and I can say I have never experienced an organization of this caliber that truly makes a difference in not only the United States but in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I went on a trip to Haiti with Soles4Souls and were impressed not only with the quality and character of the leaders but with their commitment and passion to making a positive and sustainable difference where it is so desperately needed. To see the impact up close and personal, and to be given the opportunity to be a part of it, was nothing less than life-changing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!