Community Closet

Palatine Assisting Through Hope/NWSC PTA Join Forces at the Community Closet

The Northwest Suburban Council (NWSC) of PTA/PTSA and Community Consolidated School District 15 have been operating the PTA Coat Closet at Gray M. Sanborn School for several years. The goal was to ensure that all District 15 students were properly clothed with outerwear during the winter months. Unfortunately, the Coat Closet was greatly under-utilized.

We are proud to announce that PATH-Palatine Assisting Through Hope has joined forces with the NWSC of PTA/PTSA and District 15, and renamed this resource the Community Closet. It will operate much like a thrift store, and contain clothes in sizes ranging from infant through adult. All of the clothes at the Community Closet will be free to families in need of assistance who receive a voucher from school social workers. Social workers from Palatine area organizations including Palatine Township, the Palatine Police Department and the Palatine Opportunity Center also will be able to award vouchers to those in-need.

The Community Closet will be open two evenings per month at Gray M. Sanborn School (101 N. Oak Street, Palatine), and allow families to shop for free for gently used clothing. At each opening, one District 15 school is assigned to provide 2-3 volunteers for one evening to help sort clothes to keep the closet fully stocked and organized. Local high school and junior high students also will volunteer to earn community service hours. Volunteers can also sign up through the PATH website at via

The clothing available to these families is a result of generous donations from the Palatine community. When families arrive at the Community Closet, school age children are also provided with new socks and underwear.

Donations can be dropped off in the ‘Community Closet’ boxes located at the entrance of all District 15 schools. A list of the schools and their locations can be found here: All garments should be washed and/or in clean condition without rips or broken zippers. Donations of packages of new socks and underwear in any size are also greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the donation boxes. Tax deductible receipt forms are available on the box at each donation location.

PATH will continue to host clothing drives at local churches and businesses throughout the year to help keep the Community Closet stocked for those that need it. We also receive winter coat and jean donations from nationally run drives sponsored by other nonprofit organizations.

For questions or for more information, email PATH at