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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

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.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Denise Elaine Ott L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a teacher and I’ve seen the thrilled look of students that are able to pick out their very own pair of shoes.....and then get socks to wear with them! For some of my kiddos this is the first new pair of shoes that weren’t handed down from a sibling. Goodie Two Shoes is amazing!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Goodie Two Shoes for several years. I can say that they are the best at what they do. Giving kids some of their most basic needs in a loving and empowering way. They are so organized and run like a dream making it great for volunteers and the kids they serve.

1 Jason M.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing team 100% dedicated to the community. I’ve never met people that go out of their way to make lives better for anyone they can. I have had the ability to talk to quite a few of the kids that Goodie Two Shoes has helped and it is nothing short of amazing.

1 Bob B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with them and it was such a great experience. Seeing the look on the kids faces when they realized that they could pick their own new shoes, probably their first new shoes in their life. They help so many kids. Great organization!

1 Rose H.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! The empowerment given to the kids by allowing them to choose something simple, that so many of us take for granted. Not only do Nikki and Tony make such an impact on the kids and families in our community, they run a well organized shop.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing charity. Prior to volunteering I don't think even realized there were children who didn't have properly fitting shoes or socks. I think like most people it's something you take for granted. Also, because it's such a unique charity the children are emensly grateful. I think it's all too undervalued what a pair of shoes can do to a child's self esteem. However, I will say it's not just the kids it's everyone volunteering. Being surrounded by all of the positive energy and how great you feel after to be a part of something that so great. Such a worthy cause and I volunteer every chance I get!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has been a beacon in the Las Vegas community for many years. I have had the honor of volunteering at a number of events helping children pick out a brand new pair of shoes, which was truly amazing. Prior to working with Goodie Two Shoes, I only wrote checks or dropped off toys. This was the first I time I could actually interact with a child in need. I found the events very well run and impactful for the communities they serve.

If you are truly interested in bringing a smile to a child in need, I would certainly recommend volunteering at a Goodie Two Shies event.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation custom fitted our 650 low SES students with grace and love. They are one of the best nonprofits by far. Very thankful for them.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My very first time volunteering with GTSF I was welcomed with open arms. The experience with the children was enough to bring me back every week, but staff and other volunteers were wonderful.

1 Crystal M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Goodie Two Shoes is an amazing non profit. I’ve worked with them as a volunteer and have also had the pleasure of working with them as a teacher at one of the schools they serviced. They provide such important services to students - not only providing them essentials such as high quality shoes and socks, but empowering them with choice (they can choose any pair of shoes that fits!) to wear something that reflects their needs and personality.

Seeing the joy in students as they go through the Goodie Two Shoes process is amazing! They are paired with a volunteer who leads them through the entire process so they can feel comfortable with the experience. The smiles on their faces as they head back to class in their brand new shoes is certainly something to support.

Lisa B.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GTSF is an amazing organization! I have been volunteering with them for many years and find it awesome to impact children in a positive way. My goal was to be able to invoke some of my enthusiasm into the shoe distribution events, but I ended up getting so much more out of them. These events show you just how important it is to have the basics in order to live a healthy life. As an avid runner, the shoes are everything! So imagine these kiddos don't have a safe and healthy pair of shoes to run and play. So, GTSF swoops in and delivers so many amazing things--shoes, socks, toothbrushes, and a positive experience for the kids! I love Nikki and Tony and the entire gang--I enjoy being part of their volunteer team!

Diana Silvernail S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands down, the best organization in the valley! I started working with Goodie Two Shoes 14 years ago when they were just starting out and they came to my company for a sponsorship. Fast forward, my husband and I are still volunteering as often as we can. Goodie Two Shoes goes to great lengths to provide new, properly fitting shoes for students in our valley who would otherwise go without or wear shoes that were either too big or too small. With these students not getting a lot of choice in their lives, being able to choose a new pair of shoes is huge for them. I will support Goodie Two Shoes, both financially and by volunteering for as long as they keep doing what they are doing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is the most organized, fun group I have ever volunteered for. Such fun to work with other great volunteers and of course the kids

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for Goodie Two Shoes!! The process is a well oiled machine! Getting to work 1 on 1 with the kids to pick out a new pair of shoes is so rewarding! Every kid leaves with a smile so it warms my heart!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the first time I volunteered with Goodie Two Shoes I was hooked. Seeing the smiles on the children’s face as they walk away in their new shoes is priceless. GTSF fills a tremendous need in the community and I can’t imagine not being a part of the weekly events!

2 Efren R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding Foundation, I was able to attend 2 events last school year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering several time a year for the past few years. This is a great nonprofit that does so much for the community. It is so much fun helping a child pick out their shoes. The excitement they have when they find the right shoes and put them on is incredible! Looking forward to the upcoming school year!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To say Goodie Two Shoes is an amazing organization would be an understatement. They are one of the best ran charities I have ever volunteered with in the community. They are very organized, consistent and motivated to help as many kids as possible. The stories you hear and the interaction you get with the kids are very humbling. I love getting to volunteer with them any chance I can. Top to bottom great organization!❤️

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended quite a few events by Goodie Two Shoes and what an AMAZING JOB they do putting them together. The life-changing stories and all the kids they have helped is just incredible. Tony and Nikki Berti, who created this amazing charity, are two beautiful souls and have made such a huge impact on so many kids lives. Thank you for all your selfless efforts and making a difference!!

1 Ritta Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never heard of goodie two shoes until two years ago, when I was placed to volunteer with them. Being an intern at goodie two shoes has been amazing and being a part of the crew has been great. Helping kids pick out their shoes and seeing the exciting and smile on their face is such a good impact on their life. This nonprofit helps with more than 400 kids every distribution.

1 Jason C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had never heard about GTSF until about 7 years ago when my ex-boss suggested we went and helped. For whatever reason I gave it a rest for a few years but in the last two I have been very active (even earning their gold shirt that I don't think I fit in after my vacation). The organization and staff (and I don't just mean the 4 paid members) are amazing. I have not met a volunteer that I have had an issue with. Just one big team.

MORE IMPORTANTLY. The look on these kids faces when they get their new shoes is tear breaking. I am from the UK and while my parents were not rich, they were never so much in need that their kids never had a new pair of shoes. And all I see when we arrive every Friday is hand-me-downs. I have their flier on my office wall at work for a year. A very worthwhile, very well organized, and very enjoyable organization to be part of!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Found out about this charity when I worked at the Wynn 4 years ago. Loved my first time. Just did it once back then and the pain run event. Enjoyed it so much (and missed it!) I thought I would make a conscious effort to do as many this year. Just a great group of organizers and fun to mingle without a work hat on. Just an enjoyable morning out.

2 Dorene L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with goodie two shoes when I lived in Las Vegas.
Goodie Two Shoes work for kids means a lot to me personally.
When I was a kid, I only got 1 pair of used shoes a year because that’s all my family could afford. Regardless of being a growing kid, I began and finished each year with the same used shoes. I was always afraid someone would recognize the shoes they threw away... I also had problems with my feet as an adult.
It was amazing to see all of the kids picking out their own NEW shoes!
They were so happy!!
It made Me happy too!!
Goodie Two Shoes MAKES A DIFFERENCE!!!
❤️❤️❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Goodie Two Shoes is an amazing organization! Not only did my daughter receive brand new shoes and socks at no cost, but she also made a connection with caring people in her community. This volunteer-powered organization brings people together to wrap their love around children and truly brings the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” to life. It’s not just about shoes, it’s about showing they care!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My story with Goodie Two Shoes started as building volunteering hours, after 8 years has become building a stronger community, assisting our new generation & making a difference. GTSF supports a very much needed group of young individuals providing shoes, socks and hygiene products, so they feel confident when attending school. Our generous partners are involved in many stages from fundraising, sponsoring events and providing volunteers to execute the final distribution to our community children's. We are one big family at GTSF, come and join us!

1 Tereza V P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always great teamwork, always a great team. Through this organization you can directly see a change in a kid's life through giving them not only a good-fitting pair of shoes, but letting them decide and giving them agency, which is not very common when adults deal with kids. Life changing!

Ryan S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Goodie Two Shoes is incredible! They do so much good for the community. I got the chance to volunteer at a shoe distribution with my company. After seeing the look on the kids faces when they receive possibly their first ever new pair of shoes, I was hooked. I would recommend this organization to anyone looking to make a real difference in children's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having the opportunity to be a part of this organization was AMAZING!!!! They are incredibly organized, very clear on how to interact with the children and know how to make it fun for everyone. Seeing the big smiles on the children who have been empowered with picking out their own shoes was at times overwhelming. It was the most moving experience I have been part of and I can not wait to do it again this year.

TALK2TORY

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization!

I got a chance to volunteer so much fun and I had an amazing time.

You can tell the staff has a real passion for helping the kids. I love to volunteer and I would highly recommend you do the same if you can. And if you don't have the time to donate what you can because it's going to a GREAT cause.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Goodie Two Shoes Foundation for close to 10 years now. I love being able to make a direct and positive impact on children in my community. The organization has always been run with efficiency, and with the kids' well-being in mind. Tony and Nikki are the most dedicated people, who have helped to improve the lives of thousands of kids through this foundation. I hope to be able to volunteer more hours in the future, but for now I am just happy to have the opportunity to make a difference in my community through Goodie Two Shoes Foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation lets kids pick their own sneakers, from a mobile shoe store, giving them a chance to show off their own style. They fit the children with the correct size and make sure every child has the right pair of brand new sneakers. Something some of these kids would never get a chance to have if not for Goodie Two Shoes. They also provide them with clean new sock's, something some of the kids have not seen in ages. I am blessed to be part of this foundation. Goodie Two Shoes is amazing. The smiles the kids have on their faces after they get a new pair of sock's and sneakers is heart melting.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had never heard of Goodie Two Shoes until they came to the middle school at which I work. It's a Title I school and there are many underprivileged students there. I had students whose shoes were in such bad shape that they were actually falling apart, never mind the smell! When this amazing charity came along I recommended my students. These shoes were the first shoes they have had in a very long time. They LOVED the shoes! They were so happy and proud to have them. It gave them a real dose of self-esteem and it helped them to realize there are people in the world who care. It was a very happy day thanks to Goodie Two Shoes!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.