Centre Clothes Corner
Providing a basic wardrobe of essential clothing to underprivileged children enrolled in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Centre Clothes Corner is the League's largest ongoing project since 1973. The Volunteer League is currently the only non-profit that provides the complete clothing needs of the LAUSD students grades from K-12.
Children are referred to us by public school counselors and various mental health agencies.
Our coordinator, Robin Warren Siegel, then schedules appointments for the children on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. When they arrive at the League House, the children are greeted by members and volunteers of the Volunteer League. Each child is personally fitted with a new pair of athletic shoes and a school uniform consisting of two polo shirts, one pair of uniform pants, hoodie jacket and given underwear and socks, We also provide a backpack with essential toiletries and school supplies. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the children are also able to choose a new book, a toy, and additional gently used clothing items.
During the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in early March of 2020, we had to close our doors to the children and families. We have adapted to the challenges of the pandemic and are now able to operate to meet the needs of the children with virtual appointments. Once we implemented our safety protocols recommended by the state's health and safety guidelines, we moved quickly and the numbers served in our last fiscal year were just under those of years passed.
We are proud to have clothed over 2,131 children from August 2019 through June 2020. Centre Clothes Corner currently has changed its model to better meet the needs of children now learning at home during the pandemic by providing everyday, comfortable, and all brand new clothing.
The Volunteer League is funded in this project by private companies, foundations and individuals.
We do not receive any United Way or local government assistance.,
Please help us continue our mission in helping under served children in our community by providing them with basic clothing essentials to help them focus on learning and succeed.
Thank you to all our generous donors from the Volunteer League.
TOGETHER, we can Make a Difference!
The following organizations have been instrumental in supplying and providing Centre Clothes Corner this year:
Bombas Giving Program for over 2000 socks in various sizes donations
Motor 4 Toys for new toys during the holiday season that we continue to give out to children while supplies last
Shelter Partnership for new children's clothing and shoes donations
Water Buffalo Club has generously awarded grants to purchase clothes and shoes
Friends and Helpers annual school supplies and toiletries donations
Variety - The Childrens Charity has generously awarded grants and donated new children's clothing
Big Sunday for clothing, toiletries and book donations
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS TO
CENTRE CLOTHES CORNER:
Bombas Giving Program
Beverly Hills Teddy Bears
The Book Foundation
Callahan Charter Elementary School
Carter’s Pajama Program
Citizens of Humanity
Friends and Helpers-Melissa Beyeler
Friends of the Library-Tarzana
LAUSD Homeless Education Program
LINCHPIN-IT, Grant Hester
Mathew Meyers, LAUSD Homeless Education Counselor
Mizrahi Enterprise, Inc.
Motor 4 Toys- Dustin Troyan
National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO)
Nuri Martinez - City Council Chai, 6th District Van Nuys Office
Notre Dame High School
Pacoima Charter School "Rock the Sock"
Ronald M. St. Marie - Legal Services
Shelter Partnership, Inc. - S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank
Sport in LA
Trader Joe’s Market
Van Nuys Police Department
Variety-The Children’s Charity
Water Buffalo Club