Human Service professionals, teachers, social workers, and professionals that work with families and children are reminded to utilize Rebecca’s Closet this holiday season. For many who are struggling financially, a little help with clothing can make a big difference.
There is no income restriction or other qualification procedure.
United Way Community Closets are volunteer-run, donation-driven projects of Emerging Leaders and Women United. They are housed in the same building as the United Way office, in space donated by Ghidorzi Companies.
Human Services professionals, who work with children and families, and have knowledge of the family situation are able to request items online. A United Way volunteer will pick items and have them available for pick-up. The closet is also open for a Self-Serve option during the week or a volunteer is available on Thursdays from 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm.
In 2020 Rebecca’s Closet filled 326 requests with an average of 21 items per order. 256 requests were filled with dedicated volunteers. 21 agencies and service providers utilized the closet and 6,754 items went back into the community to help children.
Rebecca’s Closet was founded by Kathy Volkmann, Vice President at Cloverbelt Credit Union. Kathy learned that a social worker was looking for clothing for a family she was working with, so Kathy offered some clothing her niece Rebecca had outgrown. When Kathy realized what a huge need there was, she began collecting items at her home. When she outgrew that space, she stored them in a building that Cloverbelt Credit Union owned. After eight years, the program had grown so large that Kathy wasn’t able to continue the operation. In November 2013, United Way Women United took on the project.