My Girlfriend’s Closet is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, initiated and managed by a dedicated group of San Diego mothers and their teenage daughters who serve together as an executive board. Our mission is to provide quality, gently used clothing, shoes and accessories to economically disadvantaged teenage girls and young women for free, in an atmosphere that enables them to “shop” with pride. Since our founding in 2005, our mother-daughter shared responsibility and decision making structure has fulfilled another important objective: To teach these young leaders how to effectively build and operate a nonprofit organization for the benefit of the community.
The Young Women We Serve
We target San Diego-area teenage girls and young women, ages 13-22, whose need is greatest – the homeless and those in foster care – by working closely with the social service agencies that serve them. Additional disadvantaged teens are identified and invited to our clothing distribution events by the community organizations that serve them and their families. My Girlfriend’s Closet currently serves approximately 800 young women in need each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Distribution Event like?
Volunteers and board members come together to assist teenage girls and young women at our Distribution Events held twice a year in the NTC area of Point Loma. We play music and have the donated clothing set up like a boutique to make the event fun for all the girls involved.
Can I come to a Distribution Event to receive clothing without an invitation? Do I have to make a reservation or RSVP?
Distribution Events are not open to the general public. Girls are invited to our Distribution Events by the community organizations that serve them and their families. A reservation or RSVP is NOT necessary for those who receive an invitation through their social services agency or educational organization.
Volunteers are not required to sign up beforehand. Walk-in volunteers cannot be ensured a position on the floor assisting the girls, but are always welcome to help in the back room.
Do I have to pay any money to participate?
The events are free for the girls who receive an invitation from their social services agency. It is also free for the social services agency to sign girls up to attend our events.
How does an agency or school invite underprivileged girls to a Distribution Event?
If you know any girls that would benefit from our events, such as students, girls in foster care or girls that are homeless, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kinds of clothing can I expect to receive? How much can I get?
Gently-used clothing, shoes and accessories are donated from all over San Diego County. Brands vary since donations are made from individuals. At the event, you will be given two bags that you may fill up as you like. Outside or additional bags are not permitted.
When do the events happen?
Events are held twice a year: in the fall (August/September) and in the spring (February/March).
Can I volunteer at an event and be a shopper?
Volunteers cannot be shoppers, and shoppers cannot be volunteers.
How can I volunteer?
We are always looking for dedicated girls in middle and high school who want to help make a difference in the lives of local teenagers and young women in need. You can donate clothing, volunteer to hold a collection drive, join us at a Sorting or Distribution Event, or even apply for a position on our board. If you have questions or would like more information, please visit mygirlfriendscloset.info/volunteer or email us at email@example.com.
How do I run a collection drive?
Many individuals and organizations help us by holding a collection drive. We will provide a detailed checklist to guide you through the process at every step of the way. If you would like to hold a drive, or have questions and would like more information, please visit mygirlfriendscloset.info/volunteer or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I donate gently used clothing? Where do I drop it off?
We collect clothing throughout the year at the drop-off locations listed below. Donations can be left in plastic bags or boxes on the front porches of these private homes. To receive a tax-deductible receipt, please provide a self-addressed envelope with your donation.
1058 Novara Street
San Diego, CA 92107
High Tech High Media Arts
2230 Truxton Road
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Heights
4515 Long Branch Avenue
San Diego, CA 92107
3635 Mt. Blackburn Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111
8216 Starland Dr
El Cajon, Ca 92021
If these locations are not convenient, please email email@example.com
Tax ID #: 20-4508049
I live outside of San Diego. Can I donate clothing to your organization?
Donations from outside of San Diego can be sent to our office building at the following address:
Tax ID #: 20-4508049
What type of clothing can I donate?
We accept donations of the following:
- Shirts and Sweaters
- Jeans and Pants
- Shorts and Skirts
- Jackets and Coats
- Dresses and Party Dresses
- Pajamas and Robes
- Shoes, Purses and Hats
- Jewelry and Belts
- Clean Stuffed Animals
- Unopened Makeup and Toiletries
How can I donate money?
We rely solely on contributions and grants to support our operations. 100% of your donation will be used to purchase needed items and conduct events. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To make a monetary donation, visit mygirlfriendscloset.info/donate.
Who can I contact to discuss additional questions?
If you have any additional questions or would like more information about our services, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at (619) 226-6853.
Board of Directors
My Girlfriend’s Closet is managed by this volunteer Board of Directors which is comprised of these mother/teen daughter teams:
Cindy and Donna St. Clair
Megan and Jennifer Schwarz
Stacey and Donna St. Clair
Emily and Angela Stutts
Megan and Molly Oitzman
Fundraising and Grants
Marketing and Web-Management
Danielle and Debbie Lee (pending)
Jasmine and Kimberly King
Katrina and Ellen Nakamura
Lia and JoAnne Redfern
Jessica and Mary Linddgren
Isabella and Diana Stephens
Carolyn and Katherine Finley
My Girlfriend’s Closet is grateful to the following organizations for their generous financial support:
Erica and Ed Knowles, Day for Change
Kiwanis Club of La Jolla
Law Offices of Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP
San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization (CECO)
Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation
My Girlfriend’s Closet acknowledges the following organizations for their in-kind support of our efforts:
Ad2 San Diego
Brighton at University Towne Center
Contemporary Women of North County
Del Mar Dress Company
Finch Bistro and Wine Bar
McMillin Event Center at NTC
San Diego First Church
A Silver Linings Boutique
SpaBlue at Del Mar
Spin Again Resale Shop
UC San Diego Extension Digital Arts Center