Relieving Financial Pressure
The Community Clothes Closet seeks to
fulfill its mission of providing free clothing
to people in need. We are in need of funding to allow us to continue
serving financially-challenged clients. We do not receive money from
United Way, the government, or fixed income sources. We utilize volunteers
to staff our operations and assist with administration; only a small
fraction of our budget accounts for administrative cost.
The Community Clothes Closet has been serving disadvantaged families
since 1980. Since that beginning, the volunteers of the Community
Clothes Closet, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, have been collecting
and distributing clothing, blankets, towels and household items to
people in need, who are referred by other human service agencies
such as the Emergency Shelters, Red Cross, St. Joseph’s Food Program,
Domestic Abuse Shelters, County Services, Schools, Churches, and
others. The recipients are able to meet their clothing needs while
using their limited income to meet other primary necessities such
as food and shelter.
Clothing is more than a basic need. In this day
and age, image is important to fit in socially, to build self-esteem,
and to advance a career. Just turn on the television and look
at all of the programs that address appearance: What Not To Wear,
How Do I Look, Fashion Police, Project Runway, just to name a few.
These shows were not on television a few years ago. Look at the covers
of any magazine aimed at women or teens; they target appearance.
It is tough enough to meet standards of acceptable appearance when
you have the money to spend on clothing.