At Poplin, giving back is part of our personal style.
And, we hope, it's part of yours too. Here's an easy way to
upgrade your style and make the world a better place.
Edit your closet and divide up your unwanted clothing into two piles.
Pile one: Greatest items ever, but...
...they don't fit you, they don't flatter you. But you'd be proud to give them to someone who can appreciate them. These are the items you are thrilled to share with someone else. There are thousands of worthy organizations that will benefit from your gently worn clothes, but here are a just a few to get you started:
Expressing yourself through your clothes is a challenge for any teenager. It's especially difficult for teens experiencing homelessness, many of whom have been abused or neglected and could use some feel good pieces. YouthCare provides extraordinary support for youth including education, job skills, housing assistance and so much more. Donate clothes, accessories and shoes that fit teens and young adults for everyday or for special occasions like job interviews. Clothes for men and women are welcome.
27 million men, women and children are being held as slaves around the world and 80% of those are women and girls. Free the Girls offers an opportunity for the average woman to partner with women rescued from sex trafficking to earn a living selling second-hand clothing while going to school, getting healthy, and caring for their families. They can work as much or as little as their school schedule permits. In short, your gently used bra, the one that kept you from looking your best, can help one of these women make a living.
Pile two: Um, did I actually wear that?
Poplin gives, too.
Yes, we do! Each year, clients and community partners sit at the Poplin Style Direction table(s) at the YouthCare Luncheon. Mellicia joined the YouthCare Board of Directors in 2017.
We also conduct monthly styling sessions for homeless and formerly homeless graduates of YouthCare's Barista Training Program to help the grads look and feel their best when interviewing for jobs. YouthCare Styling Sessions have been going since 2014 and are a long running collaboration between staff, our unstoppable volunteers and the Poplin team. Generous Poplin clients host clothing swaps to help supply the sessions. Donating professional clothes? This could be the answer.
The Ruby Room is Everything.
Looking for an opportunity to give your formal dresses a second life? The Ruby Room provides formal dresses to teens. I was fortunate to be one of the folks to speak on behalf of this inspiring organization in the Ruby Room Video. Ready to get the feels? It's happening.
In addition to our work at YouthCare and support of the Ruby Room, we volunteer for F-Factor Fashion Workshops to support foster children and abandoned youth. It's a wonderful organization that can always use your support. I also LOVE to give the bracelets and other swag as gifts that bring attention to the cause and look mighty cool. Here's more about F-Factor:
F-factor's mission is to utilize fashion as a tool to employ creativity, build self-confidence, and nurture the self-esteem of foster children and abandoned youth. The organization accomplishes this by designing signature programs called Fashion Workshops to impact the lives of foster children and abandoned youth. Each workshop is a unique experience allowing children to use fashion as their tool for self-expression, define their individuality and build self-confidence. Fashion Workshops offer brand new clothes, shoes & accessories that suit each child's needs. Poplin helps shop for pieces, attends the annual F-Factor gala and gives to support the cause. A few photos from a recent workshop are below.
Row 1: F-Factor Style Workshop
Row 2: 2015 F-Factor Gala
In addition to the hours spent volunteering, Poplin also supports organizations through monetary donations and gift certificates for fundraisers. The following groups have benefitted from this support between 2015 and 2017: Woodland Park Zoo, Broadview Thompson School, Early Learning and Development Center, The Ruby Room, YouthCare, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The Center for Reproductive Rights, Earth Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.