Open Call for Volunteers and Clothing at FSW’s Sharing Shelf – Teen Boutique

Port Chester, NY (October 23, 2017) –  The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester (FSW), announces its 11th Semi-Annual Teen Boutique in partnership with the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound. Teen Boutique is a one-day free pop-up boutique for girls ages 13 to 19 from families with financial need. The event will take place on Saturday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle.

At Teen Boutique, teenage girls from throughout Westchester County are invited through social services agencies, schools and area nonprofits, to attend and choose a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing as well as accessories, jewelry and shoes. Attendees are given the opportunity to peruse racks of clothing, try on apparel and make their selections while being assisted by volunteers who serve as fashion consultants.

The Sharing Shelf presents the Teen Boutique twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, in alternating towns in lower Westchester. “We created this event to empower young women,” stated Deborah Blatt, Program Director at The Sharing Shelf of FSW. “Most come from families living with very limited funds, where purchasing clothing is a luxury. Teen Boutique allows them to shop for free and choose not only essentials they may lack like new underwear, a fresh pair of jeans and a coat, but also things like a fashionable scarf, a pair of earrings, a handbag and a pair of fun shoes or leggings, that let them feel like other girls their age.”

Volunteers are needed to help sort and package clothing as well as to create a fully stocked boutique prior to the event. The Sharing Shelf also needs donations of fall and winter clothing for teen girls, particularly in large and extra-large sizes. All donations should be age appropriate, in clean, wearable condition and ready for immediate distribution.

FSW’s The Sharing Shelf relies on the generosity of the communities comprising Westchester County to support the program’s operations and the Teen Boutique. “Each year, Deborah and the volunteers at The Sharing Shelf contribute countless hours to ensure that participants have a pleasant experience at the boutique,” stated Susan B. Wayne, FSW’s President and CEO. “Simply put, FSW could not provide this service without donations of time, talent and treasure from the community; for this we are extremely grateful.”

Those with interest in volunteering or making a donation to the boutique may contact The Sharing Shelf directly via phone at (914) 305-5950 or by email at thesharingshelf@fsw.org

Media Contacts:
Deborah Blatt (914.305.5950)/thesharingshelf@fsw.org
Carmen Stevens (914.305.6876)/carmen.stevens@fsw.org 

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NOTE: The shopping aspect of this event is not open to the public. Prior registration is required for all girls to attend. Registration must be through a social service agency, school or community group.The press can attend and the girls shopping at the boutique may be interviewed and photographed with parental consent. 

Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a non-profit organization operating in Westchester County, NY since 1954. With over 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals in every stage of the life cycle. Learn more about FSW here.

The Sharing Shelf collects new and gently used clothing for infants, youth and teens. The clothing is distributed at no cost to local through more than 50 area nonprofits, schools and hospitals that partner with The Sharing Shelf.  The children receive a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched into outfits according to their sizing needs. The Sharing Shelf was founded and relies on volunteers to accomplish its work.