THE SHUZZ MISSION

SHUZZ (pronounced shoes) is a non-profit organization that functions off of support from volunteers, existing to provide new shoes to children in poverty-stricken areas around the world. We distribute thousands of shoes free of charge to children – regardless of race, religion, class or any other criteria – who are in need of a very basic tool to prevent them from risk. Their needs are simple: a pair of shoes that fit properly. This helps protect from injury and prevent disease, enhancing safety when playing, doing chores and going to school.

When Rita Lombardo founded the SHUZZ Fund, she made a promise that she would use 100 percent of public donations for shoe distribution projects. We find other ways to cover operating expenses to ensure our 100% Model. We depend on private donors, foundations and sponsors to cover staff salaries, basic office systems, office rent and supplies, etc. These donors are some of the most dedicated people we’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Their investments fuel our long-term mission and our ability to scale as an organization, allowing us to remain true to our mission of using 100 percent of public donations for shoe projects.

OUR PROGRAMS

Back-2-School Program

Provides new sneakers for children in need to go back to school with new shoes. This program focuses majority on South Florida in the Tri-County area.

Medical Outreach Program

The goal of the medical outreach program is simple: provide a healthy foot. We want the child we fit into shoes to be able walk in them without pain.

Youth Athletic Program

Provides children across the United States with new athletic shoes so they have the opportunity to participate in sport programs.

International Program

Provides shoes to children in developing countries around the world to prevent disease, and more simply to allow them to go to school, work and play.

OUR TEAM

DR. MEGAN JACK

PRESIDENT

RITA LOMBARDO

VICE PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER

DR. JODI SCHOENHAUS GOLD

BOARD MEMBER

SARA MAYNOLDI

TREASURER

GIUSEPPE LOMBARDO

BOARD MEMBER

MARTHA REYES

BOARD MEMBER

CASEY CARDINAL

BOARD MEMBER

VANESSA REYES

BOARD MEMBER

LUIS PRIETO

SECRETARY

PAUL SNITKIN

BOARD MEMBER

DR. KENNETH JAFFE

BOARD MEMBER

SARA DAYNE REICH

EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR
EXPERIENCE WHAT GIVING A SIMPLE PAIR OF SHOES CAN DO