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The Sharing Shelf was founded by a volunteer and relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission. Your helping hands will have a direct impact on children in our community and help improve their lives. Volunteers can join us in our Clothing Bank to sort, organize and pack Wardrobe Packs, fill backpacks during the summer or assist at our Teen Boutiques. Equally important volunteerism occurs every day from school, work, or home through collection drives or through our kit building projects. 

We welcome group volunteers – so get your business, club or community organization involved today!

Clothing Pick-Up

The Sharing Shelf launched the first local clothing pick up initiative with the goal of using your donations to help address clothing insecurity in Westchester County. We offer pick ups once to twice a week, neighborhood by neighborhood. Capacity is limited and preference is given to households donating new and gently used seasonally appropriate clothing for infants, children and teens. We do not accept nor pick up anything other than clothing. There is a suggested donation of $10 for this service. 

Volunteer in our Clothing Bank

Volunteers are core to our work and we invite you to join our community. To volunteer in our Clothing Bank, everyone must be at least 14. A parent or guardian must actively volunteer with teens ages 14-17.  We require pre-registration for all volunteering and no walk-ins.  

Fill out our volunteer questionnaire to get started and our staff will get back to you within a few days.

Please review our volunteer guidelines here

Group & Corporate Volunteering

Our Clothing Bank taps the energy of volunteer groups to achieve our mission. We offer group volunteer opportunities both in our Clothing Bank and off-site. Our Clothing Bank has space to accommodate up to 50 people. We ask for a two-hour minimum commitment and recommend up to 3 hours. We can arrange special volunteer hours for groups of 15 or more. 

We are happy to offer projects at your location. Fees for staffed projects start at $2,500 and are dependent on the number of volunteers and length of your event.

Volunteer in the Community

We understand everyone has busy lives. We have flexible volunteer projects just for you that allow you to make a difference in a child’s life from home, work or school, in your neighborhood or together with your community organization or house of worship.

Organize a Drive

The Sharing Shelf’s Clothing Bank needs your help to stock its inventory of clothing, coats, shoes and basic necessities like toiletries, diapers, socks and underwear. 

Check our calendar of opportunities below, decide when you are ready to help, then recruit others to join your efforts. Consider sending an email to your friends and offer your front door as a drop-site then bring us your carload of donations. At work, decorate a box and turn your lobby or common area into a place to give.

Kit Building

The Sharing Shelf includes a toiletry kit filled with essential hygiene items in each Wardrobe Pack we distribute. These kits reduce stress on financially struggling families and enables them to allocate their resources toward rent, food and medicine. 

We have an array of options that suit volunteers of all ages – baby layette sets and baby hygiene kits, toiletry sets for toddlers and children, and kits for teen girls and boys. We encourage volunteers use sulfate-free hair products so we can be mindful of all hair types and ensure each child and teen we serve receives products safe for their hair and skin. 

To get started, click the link below, choose what type of kit or kits you want to fill, follow the instructions to fill your hygiene kit, then sign up to drop them off. 

Collection Drive Calendar

Check our calendar below for collection drive ideas.

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Toiletries
  • Period Products
  • Diapers (acute need for sizes 5, 6 and pull-ups)
  • Sneakers

Fall/Winter Clothing

  • Coats
  • Annual Sneaker Drive
  • Spring / Summer Clothing (March 1 – July 15)
  • Prom Dresses & Suits (March 1 – April 15) 
  • Spring / Summer Clothing
  • Teen Boutique Collection drives (toiletries, underwear, spring/summer teen clothing)
  • Prom Dresses & Suits (Until April 15)
  • Annual Baby Layette Collection
  • Backpacks and school supply collection (fill backpacks or organize a drive for new items)
  • Fall and winter clothing for Back to School (starting July 15)
  • Annual graphing/scientific calculator collection 
  • Fall jackets and winter coats (beginning September 1st)
  • Teen Boutique Collection drives for new underwear, socks, toiletries, coats and teen appropriate clothing (new and gently used)
  • Fall/winter Clothing Drives
  • Coat drives (October – November preferred)
  • Share Holiday Joy (November – December) – gift collection for children and teens

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