Volunteer for the Sharing Shelf

FSW’s The Sharing Shelf was founded by a volunteer and relies on volunteers to do its work. Our motto is “Children. Clothing. Community.”

At The Sharing Shelf, the community comes together to help clothe children in need. We have many ways to volunteer, including two signature initiatives: Teen Boutique and Backpacks to School.

Volunteer Opportunities

In our warehouse: We welcome volunteers in our warehouse to help us sort and package clothing for children in need. No special skills are required.

In the community: We need volunteers in the community to organize clothing drives at their schools, churches, synagogues and even through after school programs such as ballet or karate studios or local businesses such as hair salons and sports clubs. Speak with those at your place of employment and arrange a week in the fall and spring when your colleagues can bring in donations of their children’s hand-me-downs. You can also send an email to your friends and offer your back door as a drop-site and then bring us your carload of donations. There are countless ways to help.

Teens, youth and families: The Sharing Shelf welcomes children and teen volunteers. Parents are invited to bring their children, though we require that all volunteers be at least 10 years old.

    • Volunteers over 14 may volunteer during regular volunteer hours with a signed waiver.
    • Children and teens 12-13 may volunteer, either with a parent or guardian or in small groups supervised by a parent, guardian, teacher or troop leader.
    • Children 10-11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Sharing Shelf will work with children and teens in need of community service hours and for specific projects including Confirmation, Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards and Mitzvah projects.

Bring a bag of your child’s hand-me-downs or buy a special outfit at your favorite store and we’ll show you how The Sharing Shelf puts your donation to use for another child.

Corporations and groups: The Sharing Shelf works with many corporate and community groups who are seeking volunteer opportunities. These groups may either join us during our regular hours or we can arrange a special time. School groups are also invited to our warehouse. We can help teachers design an in-school project and the children can then visit The Sharing Shelf to see how their project impacts children in our community.

Contact Deborah Blatt to inquire about Group Volunteering at  thesharingshelf@fsw.org or (914) 305-5950.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., many Thursdays  from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and most Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We can also arrange special hours for groups.

To sign up for our newsletter which posts weekly updates and open hours, and/or to inquire about volunteering as an individual, please email thesharingshelf@fsw.org  or call (914) 305-5950.

Download Volunteer Forms here.

To apply, please email Deborah Blatt at thesharingshelf@fsw.org

If you have been trained as a volunteer in the last six (6) months, and would like to register for a shift, please click here.

47 Purdy Street, Port Chester, NY 10573.

The Sharing Shelf is located within an easy walk of the Port Chester Metro North Station and is convenient to I-95 and I-287.