Diocese of Joliet

We, the Roman Catholic Church of Joliet, a people of diverse races and cultures within seven counties,strive to be the Body of Christ by living the Faith, preaching the Word, building community, serving others, especially the poor, and celebrating our unity through the sacraments.


(Photo 2012 Shoe Recipients in Phillipines)


Family Shelter Service of DuPage County

This organization provides many services for victims of domestic violence. They provide individual and group counseling, court advocacy and services, shelter, hotline, teen services, children’s services, and Latina services.


Families Helping Families

FHF provides apartments and volunteer mentors to homeless families in DuPage County while they are working to reclaim their lives through education. A donation of only $30 will pay one day's rent and utilities for a family. FHF has NO administrative expenses, so every dollar we raise is a dollar that helps the homeless.


Hesed House

A place for ministries:

To feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless and to give people the chance to hope again.A not-for-profit coalition of religious ministries serving the very poor in the Fox Valley area.


Wayside Cross Ministries

Initially the doors of the Mission were open to provide spiritual and material help to the growing numbers of transient men in downtown Aurora. Compassion for the imprisoned resulted in a volunteer corps of workers being enlisted to provide religious services at Kane County jail. Weekday children’s clubs were initiated as well as a Sunday School for poor and neglected youth. Homeless women and children were housed in Wayside’s chapel.


Bridge Communities

   Bridge Communities is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to: 

  • Inspire and affect change by advocating for homeless families.
  • Provide services and opportunities that connect families to a better future.
  • Collaborate with faith-based partners, community groups and businesses to leverage resources and create long-term solutions.
  • Lead by example through our innovative programs and grassroots involvement.


Pangea Educational Development

We are Pangea Educational Development, but you can call us PED for short. We are a non-profit organization, and our mission is to empower students and unify communities through the construction of sustainable school sites in underprivileged areas. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to providing essential resources to schools and creating self-sustainable programs that ensure the well-being of students around the world.




Kathy J Weinman Advocacy Center St. Louis, MO


The Mission of Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis is to reduce the effects of trauma experienced by children and adolescents through: trauma informed assessment and counseling, facilitation of multi-disciplinary investigative teams, child-sensitive forensic interviews, consistent victim advocacy, quality undergraduate and graduate training, utilization based research, responsive community outreach, and relevant advocacy to influence public policy.




Green Lake County Wisconsin Health & Human Services - Economic Support Unit


Administers economic support programs including Wisconsin Works (W-2), Badger Care+, the FoodShare Program, Wisconsin Shares (low-income childcare assistance), WHEAP (Energy Assistance) and Elderly, Blind and Disabled Medical Assistance programs.




MIFA- Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association  Memphis, TN

MIFA was founded in 1968. Today, we serve over 55,000 people annually. MIFA partners with 200 congregations in West Tennessee, and more than 3,000 volunteers and 17,000 donors help keep our vital programs alive.


Hands of Hope at Community Christian Church

Hands of Hope is a ministry of COMMUNITY that is here to walk alongside you through life's challenges. We minister Jesus compassion and practical help to people facing trials in their lives. We serve anyone dealing with a situation that presents a challenge to them, short or long-term, such as, divorce, aging, loneliness, grief, single parenting, chronic physical/mental illness, recovering from surgery and much more.





For over 25 years, Operation Christmas has provided food, clothing, toys and more for residents of Bolingbrook. They collect non-perishable food items such as canned foods, pasta, soups, beans, etc. Other items collected are new and gently used toys, coats and clothing.

1175 Lily Cache Ln | Bolingbrook IL | 60490 | 630.759.4320

St. John's Community Clothes Closet

St. John United Church of Christ (UCC) has been in the east side neighborhood of Aurora for 125 years. St. John UCC seeks to live out its Christian mission in real, tangible, and compassionate service. We take seriously Jesus’ commandment “to love your neighbor as yourself” and joyfully respond to God’s call to discipleship. We do this in a number of ways. This site is about one way: The Community Clothes Closet (CCC). The Community Clothes Closet (CCC) provides free clothing to financially challenged individuals and families. We help people in two ways- we give them free clothing which in turn increases their immediate income. They can then spend their limited income on the other necessities of life such as food, shelter, child care, and health improvement.

Million Parent Movement

Million Parent Movement was founded in May 2010 in response to the increasing violence in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Since then, we have produced programs and initiatives to bring forth positive changes in our communities. We firmly believe that it will take the entire community working together to "begin the end" of violence that is plaguing our streets.

"It takes a village" to raise a child to become a productive and responsible citizen. Therefore, we must all adopt this phrase and become active change agents in our communities.


The Breakthrough Center, Hampton, VA

All of our services are operated free of charge to the general public.  We currently offer a clothing center, an emergency food pantry, basic computer classes,  and support/prayer ministry.  Monday and Tuesday AA Meetings are held at noon.  Daily devotions are held promptly at noon!   Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Candle making sessions are available upon request as time permits. Free men's haircuts are also available at the center. 


 Cleats for Kids 

How would  you describe your "Choose To Matter" project? I wanted to help the people in Haiti because I knew that not many people had a pair of shoes. I wanted to change that, so I started my project, Cleats for Kids. I collect used cleats and sneakers and ship them to the kids in Haiti that have no shoes!
    What is your project goal?  My original goal was to collect and distribute 300 pairs of cleats and sneakers. In      just under a years time, I had reached my goal and was so proud. So I decided to keep on going, and now I have collected and distibuted over 500 pairs of cleats and sneakers and I couldn't be more excited!
Standing Stone Cummunity Center

Standing Stone Community Center is a new non-profit ministry featuring food, clothing and furniture. Our purpose is to meet un-met needs through a multi-faceted, Christ centered outreach.

Throughout history, human beings have used standing stones to mark things of significance. Standing stones are used to indicate that something special happened in this spot, something noteworthy. In the Holy Bible Joshua 24:24-27 is the scripture reference where the Standing Stone Community Center name was derived.

It helps us remember what God has done for us, so that we can share it with the proceeding generation. You too can be a standing stone for a great purpose of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Standing stones are unnatural. They are set apart to mark something special and unique. You can use your talents and resources to set apart important things in your life as well. When others notice how much you are pouring into a cause you are passionate about, they take notice. So point the way, be a great leader, inspire and encourage others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.


Eastern Illinois University Community Service Program

Jolly Old Soles is partnering with the EIU community Service Program in order to work together and get more shoes to those in need. See below for a note from the Porgram DIrector:

     Welcome from the Director

On behalf of Eastern Illinois University students, faculty and staff: Thank you! Thank you for the important work you do in our community. EIU is committed to being a partner in service. EIU students are highly engaged and motivated to make a strong impact in our community.

Volunteerism on college campuses is at an all-time high. Let us help you tap into that energy and enthusiasm about volunteering. Please take a moment to fill out the event forms for as many volunteer opportunities to help connect the students of Eastern Illinois University with the community for which they live in.

Another way Student Community Service works to connect the EIU community to our local Coles County is through a practice called service-learning. Service-learning links students with the community through service and reflection to enhance the classroom experience. Service-learning is quickly becoming a common practice across the nation as both an effective, practical learning tool that both educates and encourages involvement. To learn more about service-learning and how to get involved, please contact our office.

I have the distinct pleasure of connecting the passion and energy of EIU students with the important needs in our community. What makes a community great is the citizenry within. Let’s continue to make our community the best it can be! I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your needs and goals. Our students are ready and so am I! Please connect with us today. Thank you for your service and we look forward to working with you soon. Give us a call today at 217-581-6048 or email us at volunteer@eiu.edu.


Rachel Z. Fisher
Director of EIU Student Community Service


Exactly how do your old kicks – and our manufacturing waste – get turned into Nike Grind material? It depends which of our two facilities processes them.

  • Memphis, Tennessee: Recently relocated from Wilsonville, Oregon, our Memphis center uses a “slice-and-grind” technique, where each shoe is cut into three slices – rubber outsole, foam midsole and fiber upper. These slices are then fed through grinders and purified.
  • Meerhout, Belgium: Our Belgium facility, which opened in 2005, grinds shoes up whole, then passes the material through a series of complex separators.

No matter how your shoes are processed, the end result is the same – three high-quality Nike Grind materials ready to be put back in the game:


Glen Ellyn Bible Church
501 Hillside Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Elementary Schools Needing Shoes for Students:

Sipley Elementary School, Woodridge, IL

McLeery Elementary School, Aurora, IL

Beach Community Church
Beach Park, IL 60087 (847) 336-9797
Other Organizations in Need of Shoes:

The Braun Family's Adoption Plight

To read more about their journey, please visit the adoption blog: http://braunadoption.blogspot.com/

Light Up Our Youth Foundation

Poised for Success


Located in the heart of DuPage County, Illinois, Poised For Success® s a non-profit organization serving the suburban Chicagoland area. Our mission is to provide, at no charge, interview and business appropriate clothing to women in the job market.  In addition to providing business-appropriate clothing, our volunteers assist clients in building self-esteem and interview skills, as well as referrals to other local service organizations providing job-skills training and job placement.  These services give our clients the self-confidence necessary to secure a job and move beyond the need for financial assistance.


Located Orlando, FL, Fuds2Orgs sends shoes to developing countries such as Haiti, Nicaragua, Togo, Guatemala and Tanzania.  


Humans for Hope

Our mission of the project is to help the homeless of the Chicago land areas, not only by personally offering them choices of various needed items/services/resources on the street or at Grace Place Church (clothing, medical supplies, healthy food, etc) , but also through connecting and building relationships with them, doing what we can to help them feel heard. We document our friends' stories,talents, etc to help them feel heard, create conversation and also help break stigma for each individual and the overall population. 

These are just everyday people who just want to be seen, heard and understood. 

Humans For Hope collects motivational notes, healthy snacks / food, clothing, gym shoes/boots, medical supplies, and other various items.














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