How your gift helps
For some parents in Northeast Ohio, replacing their child’s outgrown shoes, ripped pair of pants, or dog-eared notebook is a minor inconvenience.
But for the tens of thousands of Cleveland families living in poverty, this causes anxiety, frustration, and low self-worth as they struggle to send their children to school with basic clothing and school supplies.
You can help us change this.
Your gift to Shoes and Clothes for Kids and our Uniforms for Kids and Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center programs will have a long lasting impact on a child in need.
But it’s more than just having new shoes, school uniforms and school supplies.
It’s making sure kids in Cleveland show up for school with the tools they need to learn, and to stay in school.
We know children living in poverty face significant challenges, and sometimes staying in school isn’t a priority … but kids who miss 2-4 days of classes in the first month of the school year go on to miss more than a MONTH of school over the course of the academic year.
Providing local kids in need with they need to start the school year off right sets the stage for success. When SC4K and our programs provide a vulnerable child with access to NEW shoes, school uniforms, school supplies and other basic clothing items, school attendance IMPROVES up to 24% in certain categories of students compared to those we have not yet had an opportunity to impact … and as our programs continue to grow, we expect attendance numbers to rise.
You can help. Make your gift today.
Your financial investment in SC4K is critical to ensuring our on-going operation. As a fully philanthropically funded organization, we are reliant on the community to support the important work we are doing to support local school children living in poverty. Gifts are needed year-round, please consider making yours today!
Operating with a very small staff, volunteers are critical to the operation of SC4K. Without volunteers, we would be unable to sort, pack and distribute 2.3 million dollars worth of brand new shoes and clothing items to thousands of children annually.
Volunteers also play an important role in governing the organization on our board and associate board, helping in the office, and assisting with all aspects of our special events.
If you are ready to join us, fill out the Volunteer Form to indicate your interest and you will be contacted by an SC4K staff member.
You can host a drive for SC4K and collect brand new clothing items for children! Basic items like socks and underwear are always in demand and can be collected and dropped off at any time. All donated clothing and shoe items must be brand new with the tags on or in the original packaging.
If you are a retail clothing store, outlet, or wholesale business and would like to donate new articles of children’s clothing or other items, SC4K could use your assistance. Contact us at 216.881.7463 x 6 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.