Clothes Closet Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Beaverton Schools Clothes Closet?
A: The Beaverton Schools Clothes Closet is a volunteer service
organization that provides free clothing for children in need in grades
K-12 who reside in the District attendance area. It is staffed by
Beaverton School District parent group volunteers. Parent groups and
individuals also support the Clothes Closet with financial
contributions that are used to purchase new articles of clothing such
as socks, underwear and coats.
Students can find school-type clothing at the Clothes Closet
such as: jeans, t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, warm coats, socks
Q: Who can use the Clothes Closet?
A: Children in need, enrolled in the Beaverton School District may use the Clothes Closet up to two times (2) each school year and choose ten (10) items per visit. We do not provide clothing for adult members of the family. To access the Clothes Closet, an admit slip is required for each visit.
Q: Where is the Clothes Closet and when is it open?
A: The Clothes Closet is located in portables on the west side of the Beaverton School District Administration Center at 16550 SW Merlo Road. It is open every Wednesday that school is in session – from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Families should arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to be done shopping by 7:00 p.m. It is closed during the summer.
Q: Where do clothes for the Clothes Closet come from?
A: Most clothing comes from caring individuals who donate reusable clothing still suitable for children in grades K-12 to wear to school. Clothing also comes from lost and found items left at Beaverton schools. The Clothes Closet has several silent business partners who wish to remain anonymous.
We ask that donated clothing be in good condition (freshly laundered, please) using the rule of thumb, “Would I want my child to wear this to school?” It is important that clothes be free from stains, tears, rips, holes, etc. We want children to feel good about themselves and the clothing that they choose at the Clothes Closet.
Q: What can I do to help the Clothes Closet?
A: Volunteers are the mainstay of operation for the Clothes Closet. In addition to the parent groups who volunteer each Wednesday on a rotational basis, volunteers are needed for interim work. Volunteers from faith groups, business and community service clubs are also needed to staff the extended hours for service from 4 to 7 p.m. Volunteers help sort and hang donated clothing, launder clothes, conduct clothing drives and help clean the facility. A considerable amount of volunteer work continues in the summer.
High school student groups, adult service groups, scout troops, senior citizens and client families are just some of the people who volunteer to help at the Clothes Closet.
If you are interested in volunteering or donating to the Clothes Closet, please contact Joahnna Shrout, Beaverton School District Volunteer Services, 503-356-4443.