What is SHUZZ?

SHUZZ (pronounced shoes) is a non-profit organization that exist to provide new shoes and lower-leg medical surgery to children in need around the world.

Who started SHUZZ?

After hearing the devastation of the Haiti earthquake in 2011, Rita Lombardo and a close friend wanted to do something to make a difference. They purchased their flight online and purchased 300 pairs of new shoes. Upon arriving in Haiti, they traveled to a orphanage and gave away the shoes to all the children in need.

In returning to Florida, they realized how great a need for shoes is and decided to start non-profit organization SHUZZ (pronounced shoes).

SHUZZ has a 100% model that founder, Rita Lombardo, stays true to. All of the money donated to the organization goes directly toward providing new shoes to children who need them most in the world.


Due to lack of proper footwear, children around the world are suffering from foot-borne diseases transmitted through contaminated soil.

Proper fitting footwear is extremely important in order to reduce trauma, hookworm and parasitic diseases that enter the bare foot.

We believe that delivering shoes to children in areas affected by these diseases will allow them to heal, prevent diseases, go to school, play and ultimately, their life into a better future without pain or injury.

We know that over 34% of the world’s population live in less than $2 a day and are unable to purchase basic necessities like food and clothing. [1] More than 1.5 billion people are infected with parasitic diseases transmitted through contaminated soil that could be prevented by wearing proper footwear.[1] More than 1.5 billion people are infected with parasitic diseases transmitted through contaminated soil that could be prevented by wearing proper footwear. [2]

[1] World Bank, Development Research Group. 2010.

[2] World Health Organization. “Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections.” 2013.

How can I contact SHUZZ?

We would love to help answer any of your questions! You can reach us by email: info@shuzz.org or by calling our office at (786) 563-3521.
We’re here Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST and we’re happy to assist you!

Where has SHUZZ donated to?

SHUZZ has partnered with organizations all over the world to bring children in need new, proper fitting shoes.

Some countries SHUZZ has been:

United States



Dominican Republic






How does SHUZZ choose which country to donate shoes to?

SHUZZ works with partners around the world to assess and determine areas with children in need of shoes. We choose the countries where we find scarcity and poverty of basic needs of survival.

SHUZZ can’t accommodate all requests to work in certain countries, but will try our best! If you would like to organize a shoe distribution in a particular country, please e-mail: sara@shuzz.org

We ask that you trust our judgment in determining where your funds will go.  You can be sure that 100% of the money you give or raise will go to children who are in great need.

How can I volunteer for SHUZZ?

From helping us set up or tear down events to writing thank you cards and stuffing envelopes with tax receipts, our volunteers are an important part of our mission.
We love them and we’d love for you to join! 

You can get connected in 2 simple steps:

1. Fill out our Volunteer Form. This will put your information in our volunteer database. When we have an event coming up, we’ll reach out to you. We’d love to see you at one of our upcoming events!

2. Follow us on Social Media. We post updates on our pages and it’s a great way to connect with fellow SHUZZ supporters.

Facebook: Shuzz Fund

Instagram & Twitter: @shuzzorg

Still have questions? E-mail: sara@shuzz.org

I'm not in Florida. Can I still volunteer for SHUZZ?

Most of our volunteer opportunities are located in south Florida, but there’s still a lot you can do to connect with our volunteer community, which spans the globe!

No matter where you’re located, running a fundraising campaign is a great way to get involved. You can sell lemonade, throw a party, give up your birthday, run a race – you can do pretty much anything to fundraise for children in need of shoes!

How can I donate to SHUZZ?

Check out all our donation options below:

Online: Donating online is our easiest option. You can donate using any major credit card or your PayPal account.

Please note: that while we do accept international donations all transactions will be converted to USD.

By phone: Please call our office at (786)563-3521. We’re here Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST.

By mail: Send checks/cash for general donations to our WPB office at:

Shuzz Fund
222 Clematis Street, Suite 203
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

If you’re donating in honor of someone, sponsoring a shoe distribution or want to direct your donation to our operations costs, please write this in the memo of your check.

How do I get a tax receipt for my SHUZZ donation?

Within 24 hours, you’ll  receive a tax receipt via email for your records.

For donations made by check or cash, you’ll receive a receipt by mail within 2 weeks of your donation.

If you haven’t gotten either of these, please email: sara@shuzz.org