Featured Story: Empowerment Center’s Free Clothing Closet


Girls holding up winter coats while smiling.

We are thrilled to announce that we have recently established a free clothing closet at our Empowerment Center, open to all Girls Inc. participants! Every girl deserves to stay warm and comfortable, and we are proud to be able to help make that happen by providing access to winter clothing. Our Empowerment Center Coordinator, Ashley Sankey, has been busy distributing coats, hats, gloves, and socks — sometimes over a dozen in just one day.

Ashley says, “The clothing closet started as an idea. I was seeing different needs at the Empowerment Center, so I spoke with my supervisor Jessica Rodgers about getting a few items.” Almost immediately, we realized the need went beyond just a few girls. We reached out to our partners “to make sure that if those needs were to arise again, we would be ready for them.” 

Ashley’s request sparked a vision to create a free clothing closet to serve any Girls Inc. girl. David Borasino, son of our former board member, Polly Borasino, has taken on this project as part of his Eagle Scout requirement. The construction will begin in January, but we’re already collecting donations. Thanks to our Board Members and their affiliated groups, along with a generous donation from Spelman College, many girls and their family members are now prepared for winter weather. 

As we look to the future, we’re already excited about the positive impact this free clothing closet will have for Girls Inc. participants. We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped bring this vision to life!

This story was featured in the December 2023 issue of our e-newsletter, the Bold Bulletin. Want to read more stories like this one in your inbox? Subscribe below!

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