Clothes Closet



1239 W. Beltline Rd (across from RHS and next to RISD Newcomer Center)


To Donate: 
  • Contact your school Clothes Closet representative, or 
  • Take items to the Clothes Closet on Monday mornings, starting September 11th from 9:30-noon.
  • Items must be clean, in like-new condition and currently in fashion.
To Volunteer:

Local Units please sign up for 2 Mondays per semester (for a total of 4). This is a time to stock and sort our donations.

Local units please sign up for 1 Tuesday shift that you will be responsible for this year. If your school/PTA is interested but you feel that you cannot commit to a full year please contact the clothes closet chairs and let them know. 

For other questions, please contact us at

When students feel good about the way they are dressed then they can more easily focus on learning, growing and succeeding. The RISD Council of PTAs and its 54 member units are committed to helping students (pre-k through high school) in financially challenging situations gain clothing that they can comfortably and proudly wear. 
  • We operate solely on clothing and monetary donations from our school’s families and community. 
  • We are staffed exclusively by volunteers. 
  • RISD generously provides our department store like facility with 4 dressing rooms. 

Students are confidentially referred to the Clothes Closet by a teacher, nurse or counselor at their school. When students arrive for their hour-long appointments, they select clothing assisted by a volunteer. Students may be referred once per school year and leave with a week’s worth of clothing including a new pair of sneakers, winter coat, toiletry bag and new sets of underwear and socks.

Each spring we hold a  Prom Dress Boutique, making the Prom special for teens who need assistance with dresses, shoes,
and accessories.

The annual Shoe-Shoe Train stocks the closet with new shoes each February and culminates at the Founders Day celebration meeting.

Local Unit Clothes Closet Responsibilities:
Collect clothing donations from local unit. 
Sort clothes into usable (clean, like-new, in style, age appropriate) and unusable. Deliver usable items to Clothes Closet.
Work or recruit others to work requested shifts.
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