How long has Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) been around?
Since 1969, SC4K (formerly Shoes for Kids) has provided brand new, quality clothing basics such as shoes, socks, underwear, t-shirts, hats, mittens, and infant layette items for needy children in the Greater Cleveland area.
Is this “Coats for Kids”?
No. We are not affiliated with Coats for Kids. Coats for Kids is an annual holiday coat drive run by WTAM.
Is this “Shoes for Kids”?
Yes. In 1998, new clothing items were added to the distribution and Shoes for Kids officially became Shoes and Clothes for Kids.
How do you do what you do?
The SC4K distribution network is comprised of 35 social service agency sites in the Greater Cleveland area that distribute SC4K’s products. This network includes, among others, various sites of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers, and the United Pastors in Mission Churches.
Do you give out shoes?
We purchase shoe gift cards so that children can choose their own shoes. From 1999 through 2013, SC4K distributed over 200,500 Payless shoe gift cards valued at over $2 million. These cards are purchased at a discounted rate and SC4K is only charged for the amount actually redeemed.
How much of my donation goes towards helping the children?
Of every dollar donated to SC4K, $0.92 is spent on programs serving Cleveland’s needy children. The organization is audited annually by McGladrey LLP and has achieved the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for eight consecutive years.
Do you accept donations of used clothing?
Because our mission at SC4K specifically states that we only distribute brand new clothing, shoes and other essential items we do not accept used clothing.
What is the value for distributions this year?
In 2014, SC4K will distribute new clothing and Payless shoe gift cards with a retail value of $2.4 million.
Are you part of a national organization?
No. SC4K is not affiliated with any national organizations. SC4K is an independent, non-profit organization serving families in need throughout Greater Cleveland.
Where is the organization located?
The SC4K office is currently located at 3500 Lorain Avenue, Suite 301 in Cleveland, with our merchandise warehoused in the Woodland Data Center warehouse on Woodland Avenue.
Where are the people you serve located? Will my dollars stay local?
Utilizing a community-wide distribution network, SC4K reaches into neighborhoods where the greatest need exists. We serve families in the City of Cleveland and its inner-ring suburbs including Lakewood, Parma, Euclid, Cleveland Heights and beyond.
How do you determine who is income-eligible?
Our distribution partner sites determine who is eligible to receive services from SC4K based on the unique needs of their community. As a general guideline, SC4K serves families living at or below 185% of poverty. Living at 185% of poverty equates to a family of four living on $41,348 annually.
I already give to United Way, so why should I give to SC4K?
SC4K is currently not a United Way member agency. We can receive specific donor designations through United Way; however, an administrative fee is deducted from your donation by United Way.
Is SC4K part of the Combined Federal Campaign?
Yes, Federal employees can designate contributions to SC4K through the CFC using #96280.
How do I make a financial contribution to SC4K?
You can make a financial contribution online
or through the phone by calling the office at 216.881.SHOE (7463) x. 6. Donations can also be mailed to SC4K: 3500 Lorain Ave., Suite 301, Cleveland, OH, 44113.
How can I become a volunteer or get my organization involved with SC4K?
Please visit the How to Help
page for more information on how individuals and organizations can support the work of SC4K.