6 Reasons to Start a Shoebox Chapter:
3. Foster Community Engagement and Volunteerism - Our local coordinators rely on their own teams of volunteers to help make each Shoebox drive a reality. They are frequently overwhelmed by the generosity of the wider community and report making new friends with fellow volunteers in the process. Libby Ward in Norfolk County, ON, said that "seeing the outpouring of support from family, friends, co-workers, organizations and companies" was the best part of coordinating the 2015 drive.
Over the years, we've had tremendous support from all ages and demographics! We love to hear so many stories of Girl Guides, schools, seniors residences, and sports teams, who come together to make a BIG difference during the holidays. We also have partnered with large corporations, local businesses, and university groups, to help them get involved and give back to their community in a fun and unique way.
5. Support Community Shelters and Resource Centres - Women's shelters and organizations generally have limited resources and a tight budget. As the holidays approach, they are always delighted to hear that they don't need to worry about providing gifts for their clients because The Shoebox Project will take care of it! They are then able to spend their funds on other necessary things.
6. It's So Much Fun! At the end of the day, our coordinators enjoy the holidays even more as they take time to give back. With new friends, new stories, and new traditions, the holidays are fuller for the Shoebox recipients AND the Shoebox volunteers!
So you want to get more involved? Start a new chapter? Have a Question?
If you're as excited about The Shoebox Project as we are, learn more about the role of our Local Coordinators and apply online. We are always interested to connect with potential new volunteers! If you're not sure if there's a chapter close to you, check our list of locations. Our current chapters are usually in need of more volunteers, we'd love for you to connect with them and work together. We're always available to hear your ideas or answer any questions, feel free to contact us!
Lesley Hendry - Executive Director