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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Abby’s Closet! See below a list of our current volunteer opportunities. Check back often as we update these opportunities throughout the year. We also encourage you to subscribe to our monthly email newsletter and follow Abby’s Closet on social media (@abbysclosetpdx) to receive the latest information on exciting events and opportunities with Abby’s Closet.

Donation Collection Team +

Members of this team will be emailed when donation pickups from our donation drop-off sites are needed in the Portland-metro area. If available, the volunteer will use his/her own car to drive to the business to pick up the donations and either deliver them to a Board member’s home or the Abby’s Closet Clubhouse (located near Bridgeport Village Mall).

SKILLS NEEDED: a valid driver’s license and an automobile

TIME FRAME: Ongoing

APPROX. # OF HOURS/MONTH: 2-4 Hours

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

QUESTIONS? Email info@abbyscloset.org

Prom Dress Giveaway Volunteer +

Abby’s Closet is always looking for reliable volunteers to assist at the Annual Abby’s Closet Prom Dress Giveaway. This year’s Prom Dress Giveaway is taking place on March 14-15, 2020 at the Oregon Convention Center. Volunteers will be needed beginning March 12. A variety of opportunities will be available. Recruitment will begin in January. Click below to be added our volunteer recruitment list.

SKILLS NEEDED: Varies

TIME FRAME: March 12-15, 2020

APPROX. # OF HOURS/MONTH: Shift times and dates vary

CLICK HERE TO BE ADDED TO OUR RECRUITMENT LIST

QUESTIONS? info@abbyscloset.org

PROCUREMENT COMMITTEE +

Members of this team assist with procuring silent auction or other items for the Holiday Tea (major fundraising event)and the Prom Dress Giveaway. They will reach out to potential donors via phone, email or letter and may be asked to pick up some donations. In addition, they will communicate with rest of volunteer team so there are no duplication of efforts.

SKILLS NEEDED: communication (verbal and written); some basic Excel.

TIME FRAME: Year-round

APPROX. # OF HOURS/MONTH: 5 (emailing and/or calling potential donors; may include an occasional committee meeting)

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

QUESTIONS? Contact leeanne@abbyscloset.org

Abby's Closet Work Parties +

Volunteers are needed to work as a team to sort through donations and prepare them for the annual giveaway event. Tasks may include: hanging, sizing, tagging and boxing up dresses; putting size labels on shoes, sorting jewelry, etc. Must be able to stand and bend. Work parties are held from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and will be held at the Abby’s Closet Clubhouse (near Bridgeport Village Mall – off I-5). The exact address will be sent prior to the work party date. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Volunteers must be 14 years or older.

SKILLS NEEDED: able to follow instructions, able to bend and stand for long periods of time.

TIME FRAME: Year-round

APPROX. # OF HOURS/MONTH: 3 hours shifts

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

QUESTIONS? Email our Clubhouse Manager at Cassie@abbyscloset.org

Dress Cleaning Crew +

Members of this committee will be contacted when there are dresses needing cleaning. Volunteers will use their own washing machine/dryer, spot-cleaner and detergent to clean soiled dresses. The dresses would be picked up/returned to the Abby’s Closet Clubhouse (located near the Bridgeport Village Mall) or other arrangements can be made.

SKILLS NEEDED: able to launder dresses

TIME FRAME: Year-round

APPROX. # OF HOURS/MONTH: 4

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

QUESTIONS? Contact cindy@abbyscloset.org

Dress Repair Crew +

Members of this committee will be contacted when there are dresses that need repairs or mending. Repairs may be done using a sewing machine or by hand. Types of mending may include: re-attaching hooks, eyes or sequins, repairing or replacing zippers, repairing a torn seam, etc. You can let us know what types of repairs you prefer to do. Volunteers will use their own sewing machine and thread, although Abby’s Closet can provide some sewing supplies. The dresses would be picked up/returned to the Abby’s Closet Clubhouse (located near the Bridgeport Village Mall) or other arrangements can be made.

SKILLS NEEDED: sewing or mending (all levels) and able to launder dresses

TIME FRAME: Year-round

APPROX. # OF HOURS/MONTH: 4

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

QUESTIONS? Contact cindy@abbyscloset.org

Partner Tables Committee +

Members of this team will develop and execute a plan to recruit businesses or nonprofit organizations to host partner tables in the waiting area at the 2020 Prom Dress Giveaway Event. Examples of past partner tables: beauty schools to demonstrate hair styling and/or makeup; nonprofits looking for teenage volunteers or focused on women; trade schools, etc. These volunteers may be reaching out to businesses or nonprofits by telephone or email.

SKILLS NEEDED: communication (verbal and written); basic Excel (to update a spreadsheet)

TIME FRAME: August 2019 – March 2020

APPROX. # OF HOURS/MONTH: 5 (emailing and making phone calls; may include occasional committee meetings)

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

QUESTIONS? Contact dianna@abbyscloset.org

Sponsorship Committee +

This committee is tasked with developing a sponsorship program to fund the annual Abby's Closet Prom Dress Giveaway and major fundraising events. They will also develop and execute a plan for recruiting businesses, in-kind donations or individuals to be sponsors.

COMMITTEE LEAD: Board Member Melissa Harteloo

SKILLS NEEDED: Communication (written and verbal); basic Excel (to update a spreadsheet)

TIME FRAME: June - March

APPROX. # OF HOURS/MONTH: 5 hrs. (calling or emailing potential sponsors; may include occasional meetings)

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

QUESTIONS? Contact melissa@abbyscloset.org

Other Ways to Get Involved +

There are lots of ways you can help Abby’s Closet. Here are just a few ideas!

Organize a dress donation drive (see suggestions below) at your high school or college, sorority, church, business, neighborhood, social or service club, etc. Click here for a dress drive registration form.

Forward the latest newsletter on to family, friends and co-workers.

Encourage your bridal attendants to donate their dresses after the wedding.

Host a party and ask your guests to all bring dresses and/or accessories to donate.

At your next formal function, put a note on each table reminding the women to donate their dresses afterwards.

Add information about Abby’s Closet in your next community, church or business newsletter.

Invite a speaker from Abby’s Closet to come to your next meeting or event to talk about the organization.

Purchase formal dresses, wraps and purses at garage sales, re-sale and consignment shops, discount stores, etc.