My Girlfriend’s Closet is a volunteer-based 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 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. Currently, My Girlfriend’s Closet serves approximately 800 young women in need each year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a distribution event like?
My Girlfriend’s Closet’s mission is to provide quality clothing, shoes and accessories to economically disadvantaged teenage girls for free, and we do so in an atmosphere that enables them to shop with pride. Volunteers and board members come together to assist “shoppers” in twice yearly events held in the NTC area of Point Loma. We play music and have the clothing set up like a boutique to make the event fun for all the girls involved.
I meet your age criteria as an underprivileged girl. Can I just come to the event? Do I have to make a reservation or RSVP?
No, you cannot just show up to the event. Teens are identified and invited to our clothing distribution events by the community organizations that serve them and their families. These events are not open to the general public. For those that do receive an invitation through their social services agency, a reservation or RSVP is NOT necessary.
Volunteers are not required to sign up beforehand. Walk-ins cannot be ensured a position on the floor assisting the girls, but are always welcome to help in the back room during distribution events.
Do I have to pay any money to participate?
No. These events are free to the young women aged 13-22 who receive the invitation from their social services agency.
What kinds of clothing can I expect to receive? How much can I get?
Gently used clothing, shoes and accessories are provided through donations from all over San Diego County. Name brands and makers vary as donations are made mostly from individuals who step up to help. At the event, you will be given two bags that you may fill as you like. Outside or additional bags are not permitted.
When do the events happen?
Events happen twice a year, typically in the fall (August to September) and the early spring (February to March).
Can I volunteer at the event and be a shopper?
No. Volunteers cannot be shoppers, and shoppers cannot be volunteers.
How can I volunteer?
My Girlfriend’s Closet is always looking for dedicated girls who are willing to help make a difference in the lives of local teenagers in need. You can donate clothing, volunteer to hold a clothing collection drive, join us at a sorting or distribution event, or even apply for a position on the board. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us at 619-226-6853 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I run a “collection”?
Many individuals and organizations help by collecting clothing for us. We can provide information on how to make signs and how to organize a collection. It simple to plan and conduct your own drive! If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us at 619-226-6853 or email us at email@example.com.
How can I donate gently used clothing?
We collect clothing throughout the year at the drop-off locations listed below. These are private homes. Donations can be left on the front porches, preferably in plastic bags or boxes.
1058 Novara Street
San Diego, CA 92107
High Tech High Media Arts
2230 Truxtun Road
San Diego, CA 92106
3240 Curlew St.
San Diego, CA 92103
3635 Mt. Blackburn Avenue
San Diego, CA 92111
8317 ½ University Ave.
La Mesa, CA 91942 (House in back on left)
2710 Via de la Valle #B-270
San Diego, CA 92014
If these locations are not convenient, please contact Denise Seymour at (619) 226-6853.
What type of clothing can I donate?
MGC constantly accepts donations of any of the following:
Jeans and Pants
Shirts and Sweaters
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. Mail monetary donations to:
My Girlfriend’s Closet
Attn: Sandy Silverman
600 B Street, Suite 2350
San Diego, CA 92101
Upon receipt of your donation, we will send you a letter acknowledging your tax-deductible contribution.
Who can I contact to discuss being a member or any other questions?
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us at 619-226-6853 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
My Girlfriend’s Closet is managed by this volunteer Board of Directors which is comprised of these mother/teen daughter teams:
Laney Moss and Sandy Silverman
Cindy and Donna St. Clair
Juliana and Gretchen D’Auria
Devany and Angela Harrell
Carmen (daughter) and Carmen (mother) Ortega
Maya Ervin and Melissa Agudelo
Carolyn and Katherine Finley
Nicole and Judy Bergman
Audrey and Debbie Smith
Katy Johnson and Tracey Stotz
Kaitlin and Teresa Hall
Ishanti Gold and Sky Diaz
Jaclyn and Doreen Estrin
Tia Farnsworth and Susan Blair
Shannon Jaros and Linda Pendleton
Allie and Susan Omens
Hana Obata Fineman and Mary Obata
Member at Large
My Girlfriend’s Closet is grateful to the following organizations for their generous financial support:
Day for Change, Erica and Ed Knowles
La Jolla Kiwanis Club
Law Offices of Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP
San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization
Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation
My Girlfriend’s Closet acknowledges the following organizations for their in-kind support of our efforts:
Ad2 San Diego
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
Spa Gregorie’s Day Spa and Salon
UC San Diego Extension Digital Arts Center
Brighton at University Towne Center
Spin Again Resale Shop