Shoebox Project

Shoebox Project

It takes just three easy steps to put a smile on the face of struggling people and families.


In 2006, United Way of Great Atlanta created a solution to the ever increasing need of giving dignity back to the less fortunate, those that have lost their jobs, their homes, who have nowhere else to go and end up living on the streets. No one should have to face a crisis alone. Helping our most vulnerable neighbors, in turn, helps us all succeed as a community. They believed that everyone deserved the basic items in life! The Shoebox Project is now being used by all United Way’s to target their communities most pressing needs.

What is Next?

Choose one of the following UWNZ Shoebox projects.
Early Education – Christmas – Homelessness

Shoebox Project

Ways to Help.

Fill a shoebox with new items
Add a note of encouragement inside to personalise the shoebox
Wrap the top and bottom of the Shoebox seperately
Clearly mark with a removeable tag on the outside of the shoebox in which project it belongs
Create competitions between work teams to create and fill the best shoebox
Host a shoebox party and invite friends, colleagues, family or neighbors to decorate and fill shoeboxes together.
And don’t forget to share pictures on social media with #ShoeboxUWNZ


Contact the UWNZ National Office at or call +649 377 2544 for more information.