Clothing Closet aims to provide new and gently used clothing to those who need it most.
Anyone can donate – our clothing donation bin is located on Old Campus, adjacent to Dwight Hall. Here, Yale students and New Haven residents donate new or gently used shoes, clothing, and accessories. Each week, volunteers fill up a Dwight Hall car with these items and drive them to Loaves and Fishes, an organization that works below St. Paul & St. James Episcopal Church to serve New Haven’s homeless and impoverished populations. We also donate to Youth Continuum, a non-profit dedicated to eliminating youth homelessness in Connecticut. Occasionally, the Clothing Closet also receives and completes donation pick-up requests from students and local residents.
How to get involved:
Become a clothing runner with Clothing Closet.
Currently, the project has only a few runners, but increasing donations have necessitated the recruitment of new volunteers. With enough volunteers on board, we hope to develop a weekly partner system. Runs are usually most convenient on Saturdays, but can be very flexible. Overall, getting the car, carrying the bags, and donating the clothes usually takes around an hour, but will be even faster with more volunteers. The Clothing Closet is a great way to get involved with service at Yale and to give back to the surrounding New Haven community. Anyone is welcome to join at any time; we are always happy to welcome new members to the team!