Teen Boutique

The Sharing Shelf of FSW, Westchester’s clothing bank for children, hosts its Teen Boutique twice a year.  The event is a free, one-day shopping boutique for girls ages 13-19, from families in financial need.  Teen girls are invited to Teen Boutique by social service agencies, schools, food pantries and community groups. Each girl is invited to choose and take home a week’s worth of clothing from thousands of donated clothing items, as well as shoes and accessories.  Everything we offer is screened before the event for quality and we offer only items that are new or gently worn and age appropriate. Since our first event in November 2012, we’ve hosted 11 events serving over 1,500 teen girls from throughout Westchester and distributing nearly 40,000 items.

The Sharing Shelf organizes Teen Boutique twice a year – November and April – in conjunction with volunteers and community groups. 

If you would like to get involved please email Program Director, Deborah Blatt, at thesharingshelf@fsw.org

 

Cool temperatures and overcast skies could not dampen the mood on Saturday May 4, 2019 when The Sharing Shelf hosted its semi-annual Teen Boutique at the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle. Throughout the day, there was a steady in-flow of volunteers and teen girls, and an outflow of clothing and smiling faces. 

 

Our 14th Teen Boutique reflects the care and commitment of a diverse group of volunteers. We are grateful to the Junior League of Central Westchester for their organizational and financial support and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle for hosting us.  More than 180 volunteers worked together to move, build and run the boutique (and clean up too!). Hundreds of additional volunteers conducted clothing drives, sorted and organized the donations, planned the event, solicited in-kind donations from area grocery and retail stores, created toiletry bags and recruited volunteers. 

 

We are grateful for the incredible support from the Junior League of Central Westchester and the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, our community partners, to the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, St. Pius X Roman Catholic Parish, Remington Women’s Auxiliary, various Lion’s Heart groups, Scarsdale Synagogue’s Feel Good Fridays group, Westchester Department of Corrections, Siemen’s, Morgan Stanley, local high schools, Girl Scouts, YCAP, the Junior Board of FSW, MVP Healthcare, Miller’s in Mamaroneck, Graphic Management Partners, the Gap Store in Larchmont, Iona Preparatory School, Monroe College and the Manhattanville College Valiants.

 

And this was our impact:

  • Over 235 teen girls benefitted from Teen Boutique and were provided an extraordinary gift – an empowering opportunity to choose clothing, shoes, socks, bras, a handbag and jewelry plus perhaps a picture frame or pair of sunglasses;
  • Each girl left with a bag of new toiletries and, for the first time, had access to their choice of tampons or pads;
  • The 150 girls at The Summer Camp for Girls in Maine, a camp for inter-city and rural low-income girls, will have t-shirts, shorts, pants, sweatshirts and dresses for their dance;
  • Hundreds of girls and young women who rely on Neighbor to Neighbor in Greenwich will have spring and summer clothing;
  • Teen girls at the Jewish Board’s Mann Center will have dresses for their spring party.

 

Individually, here are are few stories we’d like to share:

  • Maria selected a beautiful dress for her Quinceañera
  • Shaniyah has clothes to start her freshman year at SUNY Binghamton and even found a Bing T-shirt in her size, new with tags.
  • Liz has nice pants and shirts for her summer internship
  • Treasure found new bras, jeans and leggings.

 

“This is a very special day for The Sharing Shelf and the girls we serve,” says Program Director Deborah Blatt. “They come to us from food pantries, residential schools, homeless shelters as well as just low-income homes where their families play a careful balance each day – do they put food on the table, pay their electric bill or buy clothing for their growing children. Sadly, clothing becomes an optional item yet it’s something we need each day. Through Teen Boutique, we empower these young women to make choices and allowing them a chance to feel good about themselves. We know of several girls who stayed in school because they attended Teen Boutique.”

 

Save the date for our fall 2019 Teen Boutique which will take place Saturday, November 16th at the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle. We will accepting donations of fall and winter clothing through September 30th so please plan your drives now. Volunteers will needed throughout October and November to help sort and organize clothing for the event.