Clothesline for Arlington Kids

Arlington, VA   |  http://www.clotheslinearlington.org

Mission

Our mission is to collect new and clean, gently used quality clothing from the community, and distribute it free-of-charge to low-income school-aged children in a welcoming space.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Ellen Moy

Main address

2704 N Pershing Dr

Arlington, VA 22201 USA

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EIN

81-5100482

NTEE code info

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Our programs

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The Clothesline for Arlington Kids

We maintain a bright and welcoming boutique-like space where low-income families in Arlington, VA can come twice per year to choose a full wardrobe of clothing for each of their qualifying school-aged children - completely free-of-charge. Wardrobes include 5 tops, 4 bottoms, new underwear and socks. As available, we also provide a winter jacket, 2 dresses or formal wear, pajamas, shoes and accessories. We are supported by the generous clothing and financial donations of the community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our mission is to collect new and clean, gently used quality clothing from the Arlington (VA) community and distribute it free of charge to low-income school-aged children in a welcoming retail-like store. Over 8,000 kids in the Arlington schools receive free or reduced-price meals, or nearly 1/3 of the students in the County. We aim to provide those children high quality clothing that allows them to feel comfortable in the classroom and focus on schoolwork. Likewise, we also provide a local resource for families that want to donate their quality gently- used clothing to be re-used within the community.

With the generous donation of new and gently used clothing from Arlington residents and businesses, The Clothesline provides a welcoming, fun, retail-like environment for low-income families to shop for and select a season’s worth of quality clothing twice a year (summer and winter) – completely free of charge. Clients choose a week’s worth of clothing for each of their school-aged children, including: 5 tops, 4 pants/skirts, 5 new underwear and socks, 2 dresses or formal-wear, coats, pajamas, bras, shoes, and accessories. We aim to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for low income families to get the clothes their kids need to feel comfortable at school.

The Clothesline is a volunteer run organization, led by our two founders. Ellen Moy is the proud mother of two children in the Arlington schools and has long experience in clothing retail operations. Benjamin Sessions has worked for over 20 years in finance, helping to build and grow businesses. The Clothesline’s activities are made possible through the invaluable support of over 100 volunteers that help process clothing donations, work with clients, and assist in administrative tasks. We work closely with social services agencies in Arlington County as well as social workers at Arlington Public Schools to ensure that families in need are directed to our store. In a similar fashion, we also work with local PTAs, youth organizations, and local businesses to source high quality clothing for donation to The Clothesline.

The Clothesline started operations and served its first clients in August 2018. Since then, we have delivered nearly 1,700 full wardrobes of clothing to 950 school children in Arlington – totaling over 43,000 items of clothing given away. Over this initial period, we have built relationships with social services partners in the community and established ourselves as the donation destination for quality children’s clothing in Arlington. Looking forward to 2020, The Clothesline hopes to deliver over 1,400 wardrobes to families in Arlington. We also will work to deepen our connections in the community as a key part of the network of social services.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Low income families with school-aged children in Arlington, VA.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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Clothesline for Arlington Kids

Board of directors
as of 6/24/2021
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Board chair

Ellen Moy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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