About Us

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.

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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.

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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.

Can I come to a distribution event to receive clothing without an invitation? Do I have to make a reservation or RSVP?

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 mgc.sandiego@gmail.com.

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 mgc.sandiego@gmail.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. To receive a tax-deductible receipt, please provide a self-addressed envelope with your donation.

Point Loma
1058 Novara Street
San Diego, CA 92107
or
High Tech High Media Arts
2230 Truxton Road
3rd Floor
San Diego, CA 92106

Point Loma Heights
4515 Long Branch Avenue
San Diego, CA 92107

Mission Hills
3240 Curlew Street
San Diego, CA  92103

Clairemont
3635 Mt. Blackburn Avenue
San Diego, CA  92111

La Mesa
8317-1/2 University Avenue
La Mesa, CA  91942
(house in back on left)

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:

  • 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. 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 mgc.sandiego@gmail.com.

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Board of Directors

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My Girlfriend’s Closet is managed by this volunteer Board of Directors which is comprised of these mother/teen daughter teams:

Operations
Cindy and Donna St. Clair
Maya Ervin and Melissa Agudelo

Collections
Cindy and Donna St. Clair
Juliana and Gretchen D’Auria

Distribution
Devany and Angela Harrell
Carmen (daughter) and Carmen (mother) Ortega

Fundraising
Maya Ervin and Melissa Agudelo

Grants
Hana Obata Fineman
Laney Moss

Historian
Sandy Silverman

Marketing and Web Management
Hana Obata Fineman and Mary Obata

Outreach
Jasmine and Kimberly King
Katrina and Ellen Nakamura

Recruitment
Sky and Ishanti Diaz

Secretary
Nicole Shanks

Sorting
Allie and Susan Omens
Carolyn and Katherine Finley

Treasurer
Tracey Makings

Member at Large
Denise Seymour

Advisory
Barbara Ouellette
Gail Goldman

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Our Partners

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

SDG&E

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