Our Closet is typically open weekly, and we need 7-10 volunteer “sales associates” to assist our shoppers during each pop-up shop. The time commitment for a sales associate is 4 hours, which involved setting up the shop, assisting community members as they look for clothing, and cleaning up at the end of the day. To sign up to volunteer in 2017, click here.
Our Closet receives countless bags of donated clothing each month, and we need help sorting through these clothes before they can go to our store. Typically, sorting clothing takes about 2-3 hours, and we can work around your schedule to determine the best time to come out.
Our Closet serves approximately 80-120 people at each pop-up shop. Each community member is entitled to take five items from the store, which translates to more than 400 articles of clothing at each pop-up! Our Closet is always looking for new ways to collect clothing, and there are many ways for you to get involved:
For more information please visit our donate page.
We welcome individuals and groups – corporate, civic and student – to participate in service projects that will help us gather and sort clothing for our pop-up shops. If your group is interested in volunteering please fill out our Group Volunteer Form.
Please see our Service Project Packet for more information on how you can help.
Download: Our Closet Service Packet 2017
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If none of these ideas work for you, but you still want to find a way to get involved with Our Closet, please let us know!
Heather (On the left at Our Closet’s 2015 Mother’s Day event) started volunteering for Our Closet about two years ago after hearing about us through her good friend Lecia, a fellow volunteer. Once she was involved, her son picked Our Closet for his Bar-mitzvah project. “My whole family participated in collecting, sorting and working at Our Closet pop-ups and donation days events. The Bar Mitzvah was over a year ago, and I am still here!” It is really the shoppers that keep her coming back! She loves that she can make a connection with a shopper just by helping them pick something out.
Favorite memory: “After volunteering a few times in a row, you start to recognize the shoppers, and they recognize you too. I had brought my son David to work one of the pop ups with me, and he was in charge of check out, taking down people’s names. One of the shoppers was named David, and my son said to him “That’s my name too, that must be why you have great taste- I like your selections!” The next time I came back to a pop up without my son, who was in school, and the shopper David said hello and remembered to ask me about him. It really demonstrated to me that we are making a difference in these people’s lives. When people are treated with respect and friendship, they give it right back to you.”
Please join us for our next pop-up shops at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 South 38th Street in University City, from 10am-12pm. They will take place on Thursday, May 26, and Thursday, June 30. You must show proof of vaccination at the door in order to enter and shop, and masks must be worn inside. We look forward to seeing you!
If you or a client of yours is in urgent need of clothing, we have an emergency clothing program for which you or the client may qualify. Please contact us at JFCS' Care Navigation line, 866-532-7669, if you are seeking emergency services, and you will be sent a form to fill out. Please remember this program is for emergencies only.