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how we help


From the individual students, to the schools they attend, and the cities they live, we're creating an everlasting impact on their todays and tomorrows.

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how we help


From the individual students, to the schools they attend, and the cities they live, we're creating an everlasting impact on their todays and tomorrows.

Catie's Closet has grown leaps and bounds since 2010.  We're an organization that has caught the attention of many startup accelerator, innovative thinking programs and news outlets. As a MassChallenge's Non-Profit of the Year winner, we strive to make a difference in your community and beyond.

Our Impact

We reduce absenteeism and get kids off the streets and back into school to focus on their future.

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in their words


Don't take our word for it.  Hear about the impact Catie's Closet has made from the students to the teachers.

in their words


Don't take our word for it.  Hear about the impact Catie's Closet has made from the students to the teachers.

The Students

“I went to Catie’s Closet with my teacher. I will be honest. At first I didn’t like the idea because I was scared of what people would say.  But the people in there were a great help and very supportive.  I got a lot of new clothes. It made my day and my Christmas.”

“Because of Catie’s Closet I had nice clothes for the dance and got to go with two of my friends (who also got clothes from the Closet)! The dance was a memory of a lifetime.”

“I just wanted to say thank you and if there`s anything I can help with toward the organization I will be glad to help you guys. After all, you guys helped me at my lowest point in life when I most needed it. Thank you once again.”


The Teachers

"I want to personally THANK YOU for the two pairs of basketball sneakers you provided us for two of our 9th-grade students. They sooooo appreciate it. They are both trying out for the 9th-grade basketball team and their eyes lit up when I gave them the sneakers.  Thank you so very much.  ...PS: Both were perfect fits."

“You have outdone yourself!  Thank you for all the wonderful things for [his] family.  I wish you could have seen his face.  He thinks today is Christmas! Thank you again.”

"I had difficultly putting into words the sheer joy on their faces as they opened up the bags.  They were so incredibly grateful.  It was really great to see and I could tell they were going to treasure the clothing as the family only had one or two sets of clothing each."

“What I love most about Catie’s Closet is that ALL the students know that this Closet is for everyone. No student appears to be embarrassed to request an item.”

“Some students arrive in our halls and classrooms solely because of Catie’s Closet. The importance of this cannot be overstated. Students have come to me first thing in the morning (long before classes begin) asking to visit Catie’s Closet (smelling of the street) and return looking fresh, and visibly changed in their posture. I am certain that they may not have arrived if Catie’s Closet was not available to them.”

“One of my students will have a better night, week, and Christmas because of Catie’s Closet. She actually said ‘I am walking on air, seriously Ms. K, I cannot stop smiling.’ After this morning, I want every student in need to have the same experience that she did.”

"Catie’s Closet is a great resource and I hope more students will be encouraged to take advantage of it.”

“Catie’s Closet is a HUGE asset to Lowell High School. In fact, it pains me to think what might NOT happen with these students who avail themselves of Catie’s Closet. One student, who has been homeless for over one year, has recently been inducted into the Honor Society. He outfitted himself in items from Catie’s Closet to attend the ceremony: shirt, tie, jacket, pants, shoes and socks. Would he have shown up for that ceremony with Catie’s Closet? No.”

“Having a partnership with Catie’s Closet means the world to me. It means that students can be in school and feel confident. They can have 'like- new' or new clothing and feel 'normal.' I have been able to avoid MANY issues, including suspensions, detentions, issues with parents, etc.— because students were able to get the appropriate clothing they needed."

"Thank you was again for the new jacket and the jeans. He was so excited just to have new clothes and an awesome jacket. You make me look like a miracle worker getting these clothes so fast. Believe me I give you and Catie's Closet full credit. Thanks again for making one little boy so happy this morning."

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in the news


From television to newspapers to blogs, the media notices our impact.

in the news


From television to newspapers to blogs, the media notices our impact.

 

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happenings


We're always up to something! Check out some of our latest events.

happenings


We're always up to something! Check out some of our latest events.

March 11, 2017
We celebrated our year’s successes and triumphs at our 6th annual “A Night to Open Doors” Gala and Silent Auction. Over 380 community leaders and loyal supporters joined together under one roof to surpass our fundraising goal and raise over $150,000 to aid in filling, sustaining, and building new closets. From the evening’s sponsors to our donors, volunteers and attendees, please know that we simply cannot operate the way we do without you by our side. Thank you for helping celebrate our current and future successes and honoring Catie’s memory by helping thousands of children every single day.

Click here for more information and to view pictures from the evening!


We exceeded our Fill the Bus goal for 2016 and we look forward to it's success for next summer!

We exceeded our Fill the Bus goal for 2016 and we look forward to it's success for next summer!

August 12 & 13, 2016
Catie's Closet hosted its first annual "Fill the Bus" campaign during the summer of 2016. The Catie's Closet school bus traveled to companies, organizations and communities throughout MA & NH on Friday and Saturday, August 12 and 13. Throughout our journey, we exceeded our goal and collected over 25,000 pieces of clothing and toiletries and raised over $8,000. This was our first Fill the Bus event and we were completely overwhelmed by your outreach and willingness to help students succeed. A tremendous thank you to our compassionate sponsors, gracious employees and generous community. You made this possible. To find our more about Fill the Bus, click here!


March 19, 2016
"A Night to Open Doors" Gala and Silent Auction was truly a night to remember. Thanks to the support of our Diamond Sponsor, Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, and the generosity of our local communities and companies, we were able to exceed our goal of raising over $100,000!!  WOW! We wouldn't have been able to do it without you. 


January 27, 2016
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) grants $88K to fifteen local nonprofits that support the community development. Catie's Closet was amongst the fifteen nonprofits and to receive the largest grant of $7,500 for the School Closet Expansion Project. Jay Linnehan, executive director of the GLCF was proud to award Catie's Closet, stating "their programs will enhance the quality of life for people in the Greater Lowell and the Merrimack Valley."  Founded in 1997, GLCF seeks to improve the quality of life in Greater Lowell by building philanthropic resources, connecting donors to nonprofit organizations and programs, making effective grants and providing leadership to address community issues.  Since 1999, the foundation has awarded more than $7.5 million to the Greater Lowell community.

 

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