FUNDS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
RENTON KIWANIS CLOTHES BANK
The Renton Kiwanis Clothes Bank has been around since 1966, but a fund with the Renton Community Foundation only since last year. It started up in the Highlands and eventually moved downtown, next door to Renton Area Youth & Family Services (RAYS), where it has served the homeless and low-income families for 35 years.
Jon Pozega, Clothes Bank president, says that although people should have a referral before coming in, they do take walk-ins. However, referrals aren't hard to get. Salvation Army, Communities In Schools of Renton, DSHS, Catholic Community Services, and most churches are on the referral list.
The clothes bank operates Monday through Thursday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. This is also when they can take donations of slightly used, clean clothes.
"We always need new socks, underwear and jeans," says Pozega. "Especially for the kids to wear to school. And we're always in short supply of large sizes."
Last year, the Clothes Bank served around 2,600 unduplicated people. According to Pozega, there are 13,000 people living at or below the poverty line in Renton. That makes having a resource like the Clothes Bank so important.
The Renton Community Foundation is proud to be a partner with the clothes bank, to make operating grants, and to be a resource to them so that they can be all that they can be as they serve our community.