Statewide Service Project

The State 4-H Council is pleased to release details of the Statewide Service Project, Shoebox Recycling.

ShoeBox Recycling is the most recent endeavor as our state-wide service project. You will be able to bring your gently worn, unwanted shoes to any state-wide event and help those less fortunate all year long!

ShoeBox Recycling partners with sports teams and organizations, K-12 schools, colleges, universities, non-profits, and retailers to collect shoes which will be distributed for reuse as a shoe for someone, somewhere who needs affordable shoes.

The program seeks to raise awareness and understanding that 'worn' does not mean 'worn out' and that reuse of shoes serves a global need. The goal of ShoeBox Recycling is to put an end to shoes going to landfills through increasing education that worn is not worn out. All shoes can typically have another life on someone else's feet throughout the globe.

Materials Needed

Your shoes.

Accepted Styles

All paired men's, women's and kids shoes that are still usable. That means no holes in the soles and no wet or mildewed pairs. This includes athletic shoes, dress shoes, timberland type work boots, sandals, heels, flats.

Styles Not Accepted

  • Heavy Winter Boots
  • Skates
  • Blades
  • Flip-Flops
  • Slippers
  • Singles
  • Unusable


All proceeds go to support the PA 4-H County Council Awards Program. The income for each year is divided into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.