NIU Today | Huskie Closet opens as free clothing resource for all students

A scholar-led task to obtain clothing for campus donation has blossomed into a long lasting company.

The Huskie Closet released as a pilot plan this drop, initiated by Northern Illinois College college students as a result of the Middle for Nonprofit and NGO Scientific tests. The thought was a yr in the building, sparked by a then-senator in the College student Government Affiliation who preferred to present winter put on for Huskies.

“I’ve grown up with NIU my full life, and I desired to do a little something that would provide the folks in our group in a tangible way — and exhibit what university student authorities can do,” reported Clayton Schopfer, a double-main in political science and Spanish from Sycamore who strategies to graduate in 2022. “Thanks to the guidance we gained to make it a fixture on campus, the Huskie Closet can carry on to serve college students sustainably even though also giving leadership, volunteer and experienced possibilities.”

Schopfer initially joined forces with the Huskie Food stuff Pantry and a pre-present utilised-clothing useful resource, Swap Do not Store, to get his dream of a winter-put on drive likely. Then, fellow SGA Senator Jacob Burg instructed Schopfer examine a partnership with the Middle for Nonprofit and NGO Experiments.

“The Centre has a historical past on campus of supporting these higher-profile university student engagement routines,” stated Alicia Schatteman, Ph.D., director of the Centre for Nonprofit and NGO Reports and an associate professor of nonprofit administration. “Just like the Communiversity Gardens impressed by Huskies — this work can dwell past a person semester by means of institutional help and connections with associates across campus. The Huskie Closet is scholar-led, college student-supported and really meets a pupil have to have.”

A philanthropy and fundraising course acquired $5,000 in donations through a crowdfunding marketing campaign to offer two compensated internships to workers the closet. College students intended the emblem and advertising resources.

The Huskie Closet is located in place 102 of Athletics’ Chick Evans Subject Dwelling. Supplemented by the college student-operate Barsema’s Closet for organization attire, the Huskie Closet offers day to day clothing arranged inclusively by measurement. Buyers might store for limitless cost-free products. Around the food items pantry, the closet operates with comparable hrs on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

Team, college and group associates are invited to donate outfits of all kinds to the Huskie Closet — but particularly NIU-branded Huskie equipment, heat winter season have on, and new packages of socks or underwear. Donations can be dropped off at the closet, as perfectly as at the Centre for Nonprofit and NGO Scientific studies in Zulauf 114 or at the Scholar Federal government Association in the Holmes College student Center’s OASIS house.

As the Huskie Closet develops its campus existence, staff and pupils are encouraged to sign up as volunteers! Make contact with [email protected] or 815-753-4410 for far more information and facts.