About Us

Who We Are

The Clothing Connection is a 501(c)(3) based in Salem, Massachusetts. Our board is made up of community members, including parents and public school staff. Meet the board. 

What We Do

We provide clothes and other basic needs to Salem children. During the 2017-2018 school year, we helped 50+ children at three Salem schools. 

 

How We Do It
We buy our kids clothes just like you do: with their personal sensory and style preferences in mind. Clothes aren't just a basic need — they are also a means of self-expression. We provide clothes that make our kids feel good, inside and out.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Clothing Connection, Inc., does not, by policy or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity and expression, marital or military status, or based on any individual's status in any group or class protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. These activities include, but are not limited to, provision of services and selection of volunteers and vendors.

Annual Report

2018-2019

This year, our fourth in operation and first as a nonprofit, we provided clothing to more than 60 schoolchildren in Salem. In fall/winter, we served students at three schools: Bates Elementary School, Carlton Innovation School, and Saltonstall School. Thanks to our donors and successful fundraising efforts, we were able to add several students at the Salem Early Childhood Center and Bentley Academy Charter School. In the fall, we hope to add Horace Mann Laboratory School, with the remaining SPS elementary schools to be folded in on a seasonal basis the rest of next calendar year.

 

We benefited from several small gifts and grants from local organizations, as well as from events organized by our fundraising chair, and by individuals in the community. Now that we have reached the one-year nonprofit mark, we can apply for more grants, and continue to hone our fundraising skills, focusing on those events and efforts with the greatest yield.

 

Purchasing

2018-2019: Served more than 60 children across five schools, while fine-tuning purchasing processes and identifying best points-of-contact at each school.

 

2019-2020: Expand to remaining elementary schools. 

 

Grants

2018-2019: Received several small grants from local institutions, as well as small donations from several local organizations. 

 

2019-2020: Identify and apply for larger grants and continue to build local relationships.

 

Fundraising – Events

2018-2019: Six Clothing Connection fundraisers as well as several fundraisers hosted by local individuals raised more than $7,700.

 

2019-2020: Build those fundraisers which raised the most, at the least expense. Regularly encourage members of the community to host small fundraisers on their own. 

 

Fundraising – In-Kind Donations

2018-2019: During our pajama drive, we learned community members like to buy things they choose themselves. 

 

2019-2020: Expand/build, perhaps by asking local businesses to sponsor items. E.g. Business A has a boot drive, and picks out/purchases all coats for one school. Begin in October, so students have items before Thanksgiving.

 

We are grateful to be part of such a generous, involved community and are eager to get working toward our next set of goals. 

Annual Report     2018-2019

Who We Are

The Clothing Connection is a 501(c)(3) based in Salem, Massachusetts. Our board is made up of community members, including parents and public school staff.

What We Do

We provide clothes and other basic needs to Salem children. During the 2017-2018 school year, we helped 50+ children at three Salem schools. 

 

How We Do It
We buy our kids clothes just like you do: with their personal sensory and style preferences in mind. Clothes aren't just a basic need — they are also a means of self-expression. We provide clothes that make our kids feel good, inside and out.

This year, our fourth in operation and first as a nonprofit, we provided clothing to more than 60 schoolchildren in Salem. In fall/winter, we served students at three schools: Bates Elementary School, Carlton Innovation School, and Saltonstall School. Thanks to our donors and successful fundraising efforts, we were able to add several students at the Salem Early Childhood Center and Bentley Academy Charter School. In the fall, we hope to add Horace Mann Laboratory School, with the remaining SPS elementary schools to be folded in on a seasonal basis the rest of next calendar year.

 

We benefited from several small gifts and grants from local organizations, as well as from events organized by our fundraising chair, and by individuals in the community. Now that we have reached the one-year nonprofit mark, we can apply for more grants, and continue to hone our fundraising skills, focusing on those events and efforts with the greatest yield.

 

Purchasing

2018-2019: Served more than 60 children across five schools, while fine-tuning purchasing processes and identifying best points-of-contact at each school.

 

2019-2020: Expand to remaining elementary schools. 

 

Grants

2018-2019: Received several small grants from local institutions, as well as small donations from several local organizations. 

 

2019-2020: Identify and apply for larger grants and continue to build local relationships.

 

Fundraising – Events

2018-2019: Six Clothing Connection fundraisers as well as several fundraisers hosted by local individuals raised more than $7,700.

 

2019-2020: Build those fundraisers which raised the most, at the least expense. Regularly encourage members of the community to host small fundraisers on their own. 

 

Fundraising – In-Kind Donations

2018-2019: During our pajama drive, we learned community members like to buy things they choose themselves. 

 

2019-2020: Expand/build, perhaps by asking local businesses to sponsor items. E.g. Business A has a boot drive, and picks out/purchases all coats for one school. Begin in October, so students have items before Thanksgiving.

 

We are grateful to be part of such a generous, involved community and are eager to get working toward our next set of goals. 

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