SkillsUSA students asked to bring shoes to LouisvilleKy conference

SkillsUSA Students Donate Shoes to Local Organization to Save Lives with Safe Water

Louisville, KY (June 21, 2016) – WaterStep has teamed up with the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association to create a way for attendees of the upcoming 52nd annual National Leadership Skills and Conference to save lives at risk of waterborne disease. Thousands of students traveling to Louisville for the conference this week have been asked to bring used athletics shoes to donate to WaterStep, an organization that collects and sells the gently used shoes to fund water projects in communities around the world.
WaterStep’s large shoe collection boxes will be placed at the SkillsUSA registration area in the North Wing of the Kentucky Fair & exposition Center, where over 6,000 students from around the country will pass through to attend the conference on June 21-24.
“Community service is one of the key pillars of a healthy SkillsUSA chapter,” said Akshar Patel, SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Executive Board, Region 3 Representative. “WaterStep is inspiring SkillsUSA members to find creative ways of giving back to our world. Chapters are able to make a global impact by holding a simple shoe collection drive at their school or in their community.”
“Last year, we had students taking the shoes off their feet and walking out barefoot because they were so inspired to save lives with safe water,” said Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of WaterStep.
WaterStep’s shoe program not only generates funds for the organization, but it also provides affordable footwear to people in the developing world and it keeps the discarded shoes from going into landfills.
For the 2nd year, WaterStep representatives will attend the conference to demonstrate how their M-100 chlorinators are used in the field to save lives with safe water.
To host a shoe drive or support safe water and health education projects around the world, visit or call (502) 568-6342.
About WaterStep
WaterStep, headquartered in Louisville, KY, is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization that believes everyone should have access to safe water and that no one should suffer from waterborne illnesses. WaterStep implements water projects and equips people with tools and training in water purification, disaster relief, health education, and well repair. Since its founding in 1995, WaterStep has brought safe water to people in over 30 countries. To learn more, call (502) 568-6342 or visit
About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is a non-profit association that serves more than 300,000 member high school and college/postsecondary students, and their instructors, in trade, technical and skilled service instructional programs. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry members working together to help ensure the United States has a well-prepared rising skilled workforce. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 companies, trade associations and labor unions at the national level. SkillsUSA has served 11.9 million annual members since its founding in 1965 as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA). SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information about SkillsUSA, go to