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Amy's Armoire, Inc

Clothes for a Cause

aka Amys Armoire   |   Barre, VT   |  http://amysarmoire.org

Mission

The mission of Amy's Armoire is to improve the outcomes for Foster/Adopted children and Youth, by connecting families to the resources they need.

Ruling year info

2021

President

Amy Anderson

Vice President

Wanda Audette

Main address

PO Box 869

Barre, VT 05641 USA

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EIN

86-1789934

NTEE code info

Thrift Shops (P29)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We'd like to stabilize children who are in foster care, been adopted from foster care, or in kinship homes. Generally less movement= less trauma. Children with 5 or more moves have poor outcomes. To stabilized the children we need to support the families supporting them.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Low cost clothing

We have a store front where the community can purchase second hand low-cost clothing. It saves items from the landfill and the profits help foster/adoptive kids in crisis. We also accept vouchers at the store from Family Services- for new foster placements, Economic Services- for low income Vermonters who need clothes for work as well as from the Community Justice Center for people reintegrating into the community from incarceration, Churches, Shelters, Domestic Violence programs, etc. If you have a program that you'd like us to take clothing vouchers from just reach out to us.

We also have a Pay it Forward Program where we allow community members to purchase Gift Cards for those in need. We allow anyone to run a tab up to $25, and we allow Young adults up to age 26 who aged out of foster care to shop for $5 of merchandise free each week.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status

We created a Family Center where families can have unsupervised visits in this location, as well as Foster/Adopt/Kin families to have peer support activities, activities for the families we support and activities with the community for education and recruitment of volunteers.

Population(s) Served

We have storage units around the state where we collect twin beds, cribs, toddler beds, and baby equipment for the families we serve at no charge. They also can always get toys and books free at any of our locations. We also offer discounts in the store on all clothes to this population several months a year. If they need clothes in addition to this and can't afford the store prices, they can also accesss our donation center to find items whenever they need.

Population(s) Served

We are working toward building a comprehensive family support program where we help families with advocacy, transportation, respite, mentoring for both the children and the adults. But we need to raise $ for a part time admin, store manager and donation center manager, so we can free up resources to focus on this on a larger scale.

Population(s) Served

We very much want to add a summer day program for teens. It will help to stabilize teens in foster care by having pro-social activities for them to participate in, in the summer. Foster parents often have to work and often teens in foster care are unable to be left unsupervised, yet they are too old for daycare. We need more money to hire part time staff to run the store and donation center to free up time for the President to concentrate on this type of thing.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Awards

Best Thrift Store 2021

Times Argus

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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* Provide peer to peer supports and opportunities
* Increase the opportunity to have out of home visits with bio family members
* Increase the approved people willing to provide transportation
* Increase the approved people willing to provide respite
* Partner with other organizations to provide a day program (for teens first)
* Partner with other organizations to provide more day care options

Create networking opportunities so families can build their own support network with each other
Create a Center where visits can happen with trained staff and safe protocols
Provide Community events and outreach so we can educate the community in the ways they can help
Partner with Family Services and other organizations to determine the best ways we can help fill these gaps.

Financials

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Operations

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Amy's Armoire, Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Wade

Amys Armoire

Term: 2022 - 2023

Shirley Walesch

Amys Armoire

Amy Anderson

Amys Armiore

Wanda Audette

Amys Armoire

Michelle Wade

Amys Armoire

Patty Ristau

Amys Armiore

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/19/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/12/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.