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JACOB S ZWEIG FOUNDATION INC dba IN JACOB'S SHOES

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: The mission of In Jacob's Shoes is to provide new and gently used shoes, backpacks, school supplies and athletic gear to local children and families in need. Grants are also awarded for camp, after care, athletic and enrichment programs.

Results: From inception (2009) to July 2016, In Jacob's Shoes has provided 85,000 pairs of shoes and 5,000 backpacks including school supplies to children in need living in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami/Dade Counties, Florida.

Target demographics: local children and famiiles in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: provided 15,000 pairs of shoes and 1,000 backpacks complete with school supplies to children and families in need

Geographic areas served: Broward, Palm Beach & Dade Counties, Florida

Programs: shoes, backpacks, school supplies, athletic gear and camp grants.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family Central, Inc. has worked with Jacob's Shoes for many years. They always go above and beyond when it comes to giving back to the community. Jacob's is not only an invaluable community resource that provide shoes for those in need, but also a champion of child advocacy. On the behalf of the children and families we serve, we salute Jacob's Shoes for all the good they do!

2 Ira_

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and participant with In Jacob's Shoes for the past 7 years. I will not go into the reason d'etre for this non-profit, but I will say that what they have done in the past 7 years is fantastic. Hundreds to thousands of well cared for and cleaned shoes have gone to the neediest in our tri-county area. History has taught us that 'well polished shoes' were/are a sign of structure and growth. The faces of those who have received a pair of 'new' shoes is infectious. The feeling of 'belonging' with a 'new' pair of shoes is the difference of being accepted or not. In Jacob's Shoes has contributed to the psychological needs of hundreds of youth in the tri-county area that can now attend their classes with more of a feeling of dignity and strength. SHOES make the person... In Jacob's Shoes helps those who are in need of basics, like a clean, 'new' pair of shoes. Support In Jacob's Shoes with donations of good used shoes or a contribution of funds. Help In Jacob's Shoes help those who are not able to help their children, let alone themselves.

2 EveN

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is a wonderful non-profit that gives back to those in need. In addition to collecting, cleaning and redistributing shoes to all children in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, the monies they raise is spent on new shoes, school supplies, athletic equipment and camp scholarships. I have volunteered to help distribute shoes at Back to School events and it is so rewarding to see the smiles on these kids faces when they have a great pair of shoes that fit properly to start off the new academic year. It truly sets them up for success. I cannot speak highly enough about all the good they do for the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is a wonderful organization that supports the local community. They do great things for the kids of south Florida and I am honored to be able to support them in their mission.

2 Tami I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is so deserving of this honor as it has provided dignity and honor to allow children to wear shoes that fit! Have full back packs to attend school proudly and possibly experience summer camp. This family ran organization and it's many hard working volunteers has turned a tragic event in their lives and made so many children smile. I am proud to be a volunteer for this organization as are my children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work - to provide children, who otherwise would go without, with shoes, sneakers, and school supplies - is done in memory of a young man who had a vision of helping those in need but, sadly, will never get to see the extent to which his family took that vision and grew it to become an invaluable part of the South Florida community.

2 AnaBelle R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes continues to accomplish its goals and mission to help children in need in a loving, caring, and empathetic manner. The staff and its volunteers are dedicated and compassionate and are a true inspiration to the community.

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is dedicated to give children the tools they need to succeed. The community gives amazing support from volunteering to collecting donations to attending events! I could not be more proud to be a part of the great teamwork at In Jacob's Shoes and all they have accomplished in such a short time!

2 Rosanne H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping so many children all over South Florida! A well-run organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

An incredible organization run by amazing people that truly make a difference in our community. Their moving story and mission to make a difference makes me want to contribute to their work every year!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

tHE GOOD WORK JACOB SHOES DOES IS AMAZING. THEY FILLED A VOID IN HELPING CHILDREN, WITH GOING TO CAMP,GETTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES, NEW SHOES. LETS ALL SUPPORT JACOB SHOES, SO THEY CAN CONTINUE THERE GREAT WORK.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported In Jacob's Shoes for many years. It is nice to see an organization making a difference right here where we live. In Jacob's Shoes is making a vital change in our world today by helping those in need.

1 Sandra131

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An incredible organization which provides the wherewithal for many students to get shoes to start the new school year in a positive frame of mind. On the flip side. In Jacob's Shoes also encourages young people to donate their gently used shoes for those less fortunate than themselves. Simple but so very effective.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In Jacob's Shoes is a wonderful organization spreading the simplest joy to the most needing children in our area. It has been a privilege to help this organisation over the years, from our son's Bar-Mitzvah project collecting shoes to attending their wonderful annual celebration "Every Sole Counts".

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Jacobs Shoes is a remarkable organization. The volume of help they provide to a much needed community, and the love and care that they put into each client and situation is incredible. I am proud to be a part of this community.

1 Barbara-Ann W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jacob's shoes has created miracles for many of the children and families served by Family Central. Many of our children never had a pair of sneakers or a pair of shoes to wear to school or to wear to play.
Jacob's shoes donated boots that we were able to take to migrant laborer's in Belle Glade, shoes for a young girl going to a school dance, slippers for a grandmother, shoes for babies first learning to walk.
The Zweig family is dedicated to helping thousands of children feel good about themselves as they proudly wear their new shoes. Jacob's Shoes has sent children to camp, collected backpacks, and never said no to our children's needs. They are a blessing to our community I am proud to call them the children's friends and mine too!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

a true inspiration to all. In jacobs shoes is a wonderful organization to work with with the ability to touch so many peoples lives

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has always been our honor to volunteer with In Jacobs Shoes. We have helped to sort and clean the shoes as well as help to distribute shoes to children at the beginning of the school year.
The Zweig Family has served so many children in need all over South Florida.

1 Nancy289

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always admired people that find ways to help children. After meeting Harlene many years ago and hearing her story about Jacob , I knew her sincere words touched my heart. I feel honored to be a volunteer for such a worthy cause. Our children in the U.S. need all the help and support we can offer.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Born from the love of two parents for their lost child, this loving, caring, deeply moving charity is a beautifully crafted legacy to a special son with a huge heart. Providing shoes & school supplies to those who simply are in need, this charity soothes both the soles (souls) with very little fanfare. They just spread kindness.

1 Gregory F.

Donor

Rating: 5

Gregorys Fine Jewelry has been a proud supporter of In Jacobs Shoes for several years as well as being on their Advisory Board. The work they do is absolutely AMAZING and it's incredible how many individuals they HELP !!! We are proud to be a part of their Family !!!!