The Sharing Shelf Inc

Westchester's Clothing Bank for Children

Port Chester, NY   |  https://www.sharingshelf.org/

Mission

The Sharing Shelf is Westchester's Clothing Bank for Children founded to address clothing insecurity. Our mission is to provide clothing and other related essentials to low-income infants, children and teens, and support those non-profits which work directly with economically vulnerable families in the Westchester Community. We ensure that your donations help children and families while bringing dignity and respect to those who need support and assistance.

Ruling year info

2020

Principal Officer

Deborah Blatt

Main address

47 Purdy Ave

Port Chester, NY 10573 USA

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EIN

84-4315667

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

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Clothing Bank for Children

We collect new and gently used clothing for infants, children and teens. That clothing is sorted by quality, size, season and gender then distributed to local, low income children at no cost through nonprofits, schools, hospitals and community groups in Westchester County. The children we serve receive a week's worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched to their sizing needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Pregnant people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Every child and teen deserves to start the school year ready to learn. The first day of school can be one of joy and excitement for a child. For families living below the poverty level, the cost of a backpack and school supplies can be overwhelming. For children, the first day of school can be stressful as they approach the school door without the tools they need for the year.

Each summer, with your support, we buy new backpacks and fill them with grade appropriate school supplies for children in pre- kindergarten through high school. Teachers shape our packing lists, ensuring our backpacks have everything a student needs. Every backpack then goes to a specific child, allowing them to start school with confidence.

Population(s) Served

Teen Boutique is a series of small-scale free shopping events held seasonally in partnership with area schools, community centers and non-profits for girls ages 13-19 from families in financial need.

Each girl receives a certificate upon arrival and is empowered to choose and take home a week’s worth of clothing from age-appropriate excellent condition used and new clothing. They also receive their choice of menstrual products and a toiletry kit filled with full-size hygiene items.

Population(s) Served

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total backpack & Wardrobe Pack recipients, individual coat recipients, hygiene kits, period kits, clothing bag to community organizations (assume 2 people per bag) then divided over 12 months.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Backpacks with grade appropriate school supplies provided to low income children and teens.

Number of press articles published

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Executive Director published two OpEds in 2021

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Clothing Bank for Children

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers actively engaged in our warehouse. The number who support us in the community is immeasurable.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes those who receive Wardrobe packs, period kits, hygiene kits, backpacks, clothing through community distributions, Teen Boutique, diapers.

Number of organizational partners

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This are volunteer hours inside our warehouse. Many more volunteers assist us from home or in the community.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Sharing Shelf is Westchester's Clothing Bank for Children founded to combat clothing insecurity and meet basic material needs among low-income children and families in our community.

The Sharing Shelf started with a vision for a place that would bring together different segments of the community to address clothing insecurity in Westchester County. We do this by engaging people who want to make clothing donations, working with volunteers, and building relationships with local schools and social service organizations.

Clothing insecurity, the lack of sufficient, clean, seasonal, and size-appropriate apparel, is a much more serious problem then many people realize. When an individual or family can’t pay the rent or afford to put food on the table, basics like underwear, socks, and shoes become luxuries. Meanwhile, Americans with means are often looking to donate their used clothing and hoping it will help those in need. Unfortunately, many of the major channels for clothing donations turn used items into a commodity – creating a barrier for those who need the clothing most. In addition, many thrift stores that sell donated clothing become overstocked and eventually treat unsold donations as trash. This fails to get donated items to the people who need them most and also creates large amounts of unnecessary waste. Well intentioned donations end up in landfills not solving issues related to clothing insecurity and instead becoming an environmental burden. Clothing banks such as The Sharing Shelf change this model. By focusing both on the resources and needs of our local community we are able to address two problems at once. Our program handles clothing donations and gets them directly into the hands of people for immediate use.

The Sharing Shelf warehouse operates as a hub where we engage volunteers, prepare “wardrobe packages”, and process and organize donated goods so they feel fresh and new for those who receive them. It is both a physical space and program structure that allows otherwise unconnected segments of Westchester to come together to make a difference in local lives: donors hoping the high-quality clothing that their children have outgrown can be reused, instead of resold or sent to a landfill; volunteers – including individuals, families, teens, special-needs adults and businesses – looking for meaningful, direct impact in their local community; social workers and community programs seeking assistance to support their clients in financial distress; and thousands of local children who receive clothing and basic material necessities through The Sharing Shelf each year.

In addition to clothes, we focus on meeting basic material needs of infants, children, and teens. Our Wardrobe Packs include new socks and underwear/diapers, a toiletry kit, and menstruating individuals receive a period kit.

Our systems allow us to respond quickly to requests from all of the organizations that we partner with.




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The Sharing Shelf Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Deborah Blatt

Geraldine Goldberg

Family Services of Westchester (retired)

Victoria Garrity

SMBC

Staci Ramachandran

Alex Gatti

Laura Jacobs

Womanly

Patricia Allen

Karen Beatty

Hackley School

Jason Pollack

Christie's

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