Facebook Share

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Save the Date! February 22, 2015

The Give-Away is scheduled for 
Sunday, February 22, 2015.
Save the date, and save your surplus clothes!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Parking is LImited around GJC - walk, carpool, take the train!

Design: Mindy Shapiro
Looking forward to seeing you at this year's
Women's Clothing Giveaway VIII
at Germantown Jewish Centre,
Sunday, February 23, 2014.

11:00 to 3:00.

We will be sorting the clothes on Saturday night, with some wine and cheese to make the task more fun.  If you'd like to volunteer on Saturday night or Sunday, please contact GenieBud <at> gmail.com
This year's international women's cause is Dining For Women.  Local representatives will be on hand to explain how Dining For Women helps women and girls around the world.

Please drop off your donation of gently used clothing during the week prior to the event.We will be accepting donations in our outdoor bins by the Ellet Street School Building door, as well as by the side door, entered via the driveway to the parking lot.  For security reasons, we cannot accept donations left in bags by the entrances, so please leave your clothing only in the bins.  These will be out from Sunday 2/16 through Friday 2/21 at these times:

Sunday: 9am till 12:30pm
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 8am--6pm
Weds: 8am--8pm
Friday: 8am--4pm


Our rules are simple: bring as much or as little as you like, take home as much or little as you like, within reason.  We welcome quantity shoppers AFTER 2:00 PM
photo credit Shoshanah Weisner
From 11-2, we ask participants to share the wealth and limit yourself to a shopping bag or 2.  After 2:00, no limit, take as much as you like.   

Last year Dr. Anne Shlay, a sociologist, interviewed participants about what they like about the clothing swap.  Some liked the nearly free clothes, some liked the eco-friendliness of new-to-you clothes, some liked that it raised money for women in need, but the far and away most common answer was: because it's fun!  So come and join us.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Women's Clothing Giveaway - February 23, 2014!!!

Photo by Shoshana Weisner
Looking forward to seeing you at this year's Women's Clothing Giveaway VIII
at Germantown Jewish Centre,
February 23, 2014.

The hours are Sunday, 11:00 to 3:00.

We will be sorting the clothes on Saturday night, with some wine and cheese to make the task more fun.  If you'd like to volunteer on Saturday night or Sunday, please contact GenieBud <at> gmail.com
This year's international women's cause is Dining For Women.  Local representatives will be on hand to explain how Dining For Women helps women and girls around the world.

Please drop off your donation of gently used clothing during the week prior to the event.We will be accepting donations in our outdoor bins by the Ellet Street School Building door, as well as by the side door, entered via the driveway to the parking lot.  For security reasons, we cannot accept donations left in bags by the entrances, so please leave your clothing only in the bins.  These will be out from Sunday 2/16 through Friday 2/21 at these times:

Sunday: 9am till 12:30pm
Mon, Tues, Thurs: 8am--6pm
Weds: 8am--8pm
Friday: 8am--4pm


Our rules are simple: bring as much or as little as you like, take home as much or little as you like, within reason.  We welcome quantity shoppers AFTER 2:00 PM
photo credit Shoshan Weisner
From 11-2, we ask participants to share the wealth and limit yourself to a shopping bag or 2.  After 2:00, no limit, take as much as you like.   

Last year Dr. Ann Shlay, a sociologist, interviewed participants about what they like about the clothing swap.  Some liked the nearly free clothes, some liked the eco-friendliness of new-to-you clothes, some liked that it raised money for women in need, but the far and away most common answer was: because it's fun!  So come and join us.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

$5200 to Women For Women International! AWESOME!

We're in the Inqy!  By Kevin Smith

The sixth annual Women
APRIL SAUL / Staff Photographer
The sixth annual Women's Clothing Giveaway at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Mount Airy attracted bargain hunters from throughout the region.
Erica Stewart walked into the sixth annual Women's Clothing Giveaway at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Mount Airy on Sunday in search of just a few pairs of pants and shirts. But the 18-year-old quickly gathered more than she had planned on from the tables piled high with donated clothing.
Who could blame her? All of it was free.

"This helps people that need things who can't afford them," Stewart said, taking a break on the side of the auditorium. "It's a great event."
The giveaway attracted many enthusiastic "shoppers," some from as far as Chester County. Tinnie Walker came from Wynnefield to make a trade of sorts.

"I brought something, and I'm taking something," she said and chuckled. "It's a good way for people to meet and to pass on something they've grown tired of that still has some life left in it."

Among those circling the tables was 90-year-old Aaron Weber. He had never been to the event before, but he came this year from Plymouth Meeting to drop off some clothing his wife no longer wears.
"At our age, we have clothes to give," Weber said. "We don't buy anything anymore."

Weber was amazed at the number of people he saw picking through the jeans and long-sleeve shirts, marveling at how such a cause "really brings people closer together."

Although she was in charge of publicizing the four-hour event, Betsy Teutsch still was amazed at the amount of clothing donated. She said it would likely far exceed demand.

"The biggest problem is surplus," Teutsch said, adding that any apparel left over would be donated to the Whosoever Gospel Mission in Germantown.

Teutsch, along with event chairwoman Genie Ravital, began planning in November by gauging community interest and potential volunteers.

Three of the nearly 50 volunteers were members of Queens United to Elevate and Empower the Next Sister (QUEENS), an organization dedicated to helping young black women who face many social challenges.

Lillian Warfield, a QUEENS volunteer from Southwest Philadelphia, helped process all of the donations that came through the doors.

"We want to bring this into our community," she said. "It's a beautiful event."

Though the clothing event was free, a suggested $20 contribution was to be passed on to Women for Women International, an organization dedicated to helping female survivors of war. Well over $2,500 was raised, organizers said.  

[By the end of the day, we collected more than $5000!]

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

GJC Women's Clothing Giveaway is January 29th - See You!

Drop-Off Instructions:  starting Sunday, January 22, there will be a canvas bin on the loading dock area, reached via the GJC Parking Lot driveway on Ellet Street. While the bin is protected by an overhang, please bag your clothing.  There will also be a bin in the Charry Sanctuary lobby.  Thanks!

Check out Sandy Bauer's column in the Inquirer on 1/23/2012!


By Sandy Bauers

The two women were meeting for coffee.

One did a double take as she saw the other's backpack. "Funny," she said, "I once had a backpack that looked just like that. "

Betsy Teutsch, a calligrapher from Mount Airy, thought a moment and said, "Did you donate it to the GJC Women's Clothing GiveAway? "

They burst out laughing.

Several years into what has to be the region's biggest clothing swap, fans of the event are getting used to seeing former dresses or shoes or purses popping up on someone else.

And they love it.

It means the event is a success. It means that instead of buying new, people are reducing and reusing the old. It's not promoted as a green event, but it sure winds up being one.

And it's happening again this Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.

Actually, people can begin dropping things off Monday - preferably folded rather than on hangers. Come Sunday, when the doors open, Genie Ravital will likely be awed by the piles and racks of clothing.

Ravital, a Mount Airy psychotherapist, is the one who started it all seven years ago. She's hazy on how. It's just that "I think there's a lot of waste in our society. I love recycling and reusing. And this is just so much fun. "

Do I need to elaborate on our culture's clothing excess?

If so, consider what Teutsch sees when she walks into the auditorium the day of the swap: "It's like a groaning banquet. . . . I have sometimes looked around and been a little overwhelmed. This is just our excess. How much do we all have? "

Well, in 2010, U.S. consumers spent $334 billion on clothing and shoes - more than $1,000 for every man, woman, and child. (Except that they spent nearly twice as much on female clothing than male. )

Sadly, not enough of our discards even make it to the used-clothing market. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figures from 2010 show that 8.9 million tons of clothing and footwear - 3.6 percent of the municipal waste stream - were tossed.

The Mount Airy event is blissfully rule-free. You bring what you want and take what you want.

The volunteers don't even keep data on how many clothes come or go. They just do it.

It's free - sort of. People are asked to donate $20. Some do, some don't, and some give more.

Last year, the event sent $4,300 to the Darfur Alert Coalition, which raises both awareness and funds to help the people of Darfur.

This year, the charity is Women for Women International, helping female survivors of war rebuild their lives.

No need to even line up early to get the best stuff. It keeps coming in all day.

By now, the phenomenon - and I do think it's that - "has a kind of a reverse chic," Teutsch said. "I was once going to a fancy dinner . . . and there was this beautiful [used] dress. It fit perfectly. Now, it's my favorite little black dress. I often wonder when I put it on, 'Who gave this away? ' "

"There's this spirit of how everyone is friends that day," Ravital said. Friends are finding stuff for each other. Random strangers are finding stuff for each other. "It's very celebratory. Women supporting each other," she said.

She has gotten shoes, workout clothes, a jacket, hats . . . no end of stuff from the giveaway. Some of it goes back next year. "I definitely have a very rotating wardrobe that revolves around this event," Ravital said.

Sometimes, it's tough to let go of a favorite item that no longer fits - if I could just lose five pounds! - or that no longer matches.

But I love one friend's attitude: She says she's "liberating" her clothes. It only makes sense that they should live out their lives productively instead of being eaten by moths.

So far, the giveaway has had just one problem: too many leftover clothes. (One year, the excess filled half a truck - "an obscene amount of stuff," Teutsch said. )

So last year, women with jobs that put them in touch with low-income families put out the word: Come! Take!

Still, there was stuff left.

So the final bit goes to Whosoever Gospel Mission in Germantown, which provides shelter, education, counseling, rehabilitation, food, and, yes!, clothing to needy people in the region.

There, it joins the six to eight tons - tons! - of used clothing the mission receives every week to be sorted. Some of it is given directly to the needy. Some winds up in the mission's thrift shops, helping by bringing both money to the mission and inexpensive clothing to the needy.

Even then, the life of some of the skirts, blouses, sweaters, and pants is not over. Whatever's left over at the mission goes abroad, to be given or sold to needy people elsewhere.

Taking advantage of excess has benefits far down the line. "It helps us. It helps homeless people. It helps needy people. It also helps needy people in developing countries," said Mission executive director Bob Emberger. "It's a valuable commodity. "

So it shouldn't be wasted.

"GreenSpace" appears every other week, alternating with Art Carey's "Well Being" column. Contact staff writer Sandy Bauers at 215-854-5147, sbauers@phillynews.com, or @sbauers on Twitter. Visit her blog at www.philly.com/greenspace.

© Copyright | Philly Online, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Any copying, redistribution or retransmission of any of the contents of this service without the express written consent of Philly Online, LLC is expressly prohibited.

To volunteer email Geniebud@gmail.com or to link us to more agencies serving low income women, contact Marcy Bacine, marcy49@me.com

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Great Success! See you next year!

SAVE THE DATE!

Women’s Clothing Giveaway in 2012 is Sunday 1/29



Well, what a great day this was!
We raised over $4300 for Darfur Alert Coalition! This is about 3 times what we've netted previous years.

About 65% more clothes were taken, so we feel like we really reached out to women who have need of clothes who wouldn't normally know about this event.

And it was really fun. The live music, the cafe with treats, and the mobs of women all finding clothes - there was plenty for everyone. Here's feedback from a happy camper:
I had such a good time at the swap, and so many things worked for me! I
now have a very full, cute wardrobe, including good stuff for my office job
downtown. It was a hugely successful day for me!

If you want to work on this event next year, or would like to replicate it elsewhere, email geniebud@gmail.com

If you have kids: there is a Kids Stuff GiveAway on April 3, 2011!

And we collected over 7000 pounds of electronics to recycle.

Yay Everyone!
Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Women's Clothing Giveaway - What a Huge Success!

Kudos to Genie Bud Ravital, our chair, and all who worked today.
We raised over $4300, 3 times our previous amounts, and tripled attendance.  Many more garments found homes!
Thanks, all!  
Women's Clothing Giveaway #6 at GJC 
Look what local papercut artist MINDY SHAPIRO has created for our event!
Our annual Clothing Swap has been renamed: the 
Women's Clothing Giveaway. 
Sunday, Februay 6, 
11:00 -3:00
Germantown Jewish Centre
400 West Ellet St 19119

Gently used (and never used) clothing can be dropped off at GJC beginning Sunday morning, January 30, on the stage of the Marcus Auditorium.  Please make sure everything is clean.  If you have hangers for dresses, coats, et al that is helpful.
You may also bring your clothing to donate with you when you attend the GiveAway.  We accumulate lots of shopping bags for you to take your finds home!
ALSO: Electronics Recycling 
Cost: 25¢ per pound.

Types of Material Accepted
Computers, monitors, fax machines, telephones, calculators, batteries,
wires, cables, CD's, copiers, servers, cell phones, handheld devices,
and just about anything else that has a plug!
How are Electronics Recycled?
All equipment is dismantled and recycled by a licensed and permitted
metro-Philadelphia area electronic recycling company.  (The data in your
media will be destroyed.)  No equipment will be landfilled
or exported. Certificates of Recycling will be issued upon disposal.
The benefits of electronic recycling

4Conservation of valuable resources, namely precious metals,
copper, steel, aluminum, plastic.
4Saves valuable landfill space.
4Reduces lead emissions from incinerators, thus helping to
reduce air pollution.  And creates GREEN JOBS!
& Renewable Electricity Provider Sign-Ups!

Save the date!