The Kids Community Closet is an outgrowth of NCJW’s very successful Back to School! Store, now in its seventeenth year of operation. The Back to School! Store, an annual event, offers a one-day shopping experience for underserved, prequalified elementary school students. In an effort to help underserved children on an ongoing basis, the Kids Community Closet program was started in 2008.
In this program, NCJW volunteers work with school social workers or counselors to maintain a closet full of new clothes, underwear and outerwear, to meet the emergency needs of pre-qualified children right at their schools. This allows NCJW to serve thousands of students each year. We meet their evolving needs in emergency situations as the seasons change and as the the students grow. Students are assisted discreetly and parents are notified whenever their child receives a new item of clothing.
The cold weather gear (coats, hats and gloves) makes a big impact by greatly increasing the kids’ daily attendance as they go to and from school! Lastly, this project relieves the burden on already stressed schools and faculty to provide for their students; teachers will no longer feel the need to purchase these items with their own funds.
The program currently serves children attending 23 elementary schools in the St. Louis area.
(One hub serves
these five schools)
St. Louis Public Schools
Barbara C. Jordan