We are preparing for the 3rd Anniversary of the RIT FoodShare by planning an Open House on Friday, 4/20 from 12noon-2pm. Part of that celebration will be a preview of Bern’s Closet which will now have a permanent home in the FoodShare Center. Bern's Closet is named after Bernadette Lynch, founder of the "I'm First" Program which is dedicated to serving first-generation college students. Bern’s vision was a customizable program for each student, where students could be as involved as they wanted or just have mild touch points. Bern’s Closet will be a space open year-round where students can take FREE, gently used professional clothing generously donated by RIT staff, faculty and the Rochester community, as well as donations received through the Goodbye Goodbuy! program. The goal of Bern’s Closet is for students to leave with an entire outfit or items to spruce-up something they already own, at no cost.
We will be having a painting party next Wednesday – please use this link: http://signup.com/go/jKOdVAW to sign up if you are interested in volunteering. There will be another opportunity to assist once the room is painted and our hanging system is installed. At that time we will need help with sorting and organizing the career wear, and folding the pieces or putting them on hangers and displaying them in the new space.
The space is not expected to be 100% ready by 4/20 but we would like to provide the RIT community a preview of what is to come online shortly!
Donations of career wear are being accepted along with accessories such as messenger bags and padfolios, jewelry, and dress shoes for men and women.