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The Clothing Share provides support for WU students seeking professional attire for jobs, internships, conferences, and other similar events and opportunities that advance their present and future endeavors. Commencement regalia also is available for interested students. The Clothing Share contains: blouses, shirts, skirts, slacks, suits, ties, jewelry, shoes, and handbags for all Willamette University students. These materials are located inside the Students Organizing for Access to Resources (SOAR) Center on the 3rd floor of the University Center next to the Collegian Offices.
The Clothing Share was first organized by La Chispa de Salem (the Salem Spark), a multidisciplinary environmental justice coalition committed and was inspired by both student and faculty collaboration and support. In response to a student who was selected to speak at a conference, but who struggled to find funds for travel and professional clothing, the Clothing Share was born . Starting as just a closet in a professor’s office, this resource has grown and has become a significant resource in the SOAR Center.
Thank you for your interest in donating! Drop off clothing items outside of the SOAR Center in our donation bins or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange another time. The Clothing Share is typically in need of large and small items, but also looks for all sizes and styles. Items not accepted by the Clothing Share (i.e. if coordinators deem them to be too worn, out-of-style, or not suitable for professional needs) are donated to local Salem organizations, such as The Center for Hope and Safety, HOME Youth & Resource Center, and Value Village. Please follow our Instagram page @soarcenterwu as we do collect casual clothing during certain times of the year.
The SOAR Center also has a donation collection program, the WU Community Resource Program (WUCRP). Inspired by the Ashland Food Project, WUCRP seeks to eliminate logistical barriers that prevent Willamette staff and faculty from donating to the SOAR Center. On the first Monday of the month, SOAR Center coordinators visit each donor’s workplace on campus to drop-off a reusable bag to fill. The bags will then be collected on the following Monday. This process is a simple and sustainable way to contribute to our Willamette community. To sign up to contribute to this program, please complete this form.
Monetary donations are also welcomed. Please follow this link for instructions.