RISD Council of PTAs Clothes Closet



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


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Save the date for this year’s Prom Dress Boutique!

The  RISD Council of PTAs Clothes Closet is hosting our 12th annual Prom Dress Boutique for RISD seniors at the PDC, March 4 and 5, 2023, from 1:00-4:00 PM. 


If you would like to volunteer at the event itself, please sign up at Bit.ly/RISDPromBoutique. If you know of an RISD senior who would like to shop the Prom Boutique, please share the details in the flyer below. Students need to bring their school ID to shop, and the event is open to all four RISD high schools. 


We are also looking for someone to head up this effort. If you can help, please reach out to Sara at clothescloset@risdpta.org


Want to donate a prom dress? Donations of prom dresses are being accepted on Mondays from 9:30 am - 12:00 Noon. 


Thank you for supporting this important annual tradition!


Download the Prom Boutique flyer



General Donations


We are now accepting donations every Monday (that RISD is in session) from 9:30 AM- Noon
To Donate: 
  • Contact your school Clothes Closet representative, or 
  • Take items to the Clothes Closet on Monday mornings, starting September thru April. Closed during the summer months and on school holidays.
  • Items must be clean, in like-new condition and currently in fashion, OR
  • Label unwearable clothing items and sheets, towels, etc in a bag marked "World Wear" because we sell these to an organization then use the money to purchase needed items.
  • Please pre-sort your donations and place the items we can't use in a separate bag marked "World Wear"
  • we use clothing size 3T through adult
  • we only give students new athletic shoes, so most used shoes that are donated go to world wear
To Volunteer:

  • Contact your school Clothes Closet representative, or 
  • Send an email to clothescloset@risdpta.org
  • Sign up online for a Monday shift sorting donations:
    Monday restocking: 
  • Sign up (individually) for a Tuesday helping children, 
  • Sign up (your PTA) online for a Tuesday helping children,

Local PTA 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 PTA 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 clothescloset@risdpta.org.

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 schools' 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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