This September, Harmony Clothing Closet in Nevada — a place where all family members can find free clothing, and a place where community members can donate clothing that is in good condition — will have a major change in hours.
Harmony will no longer be open on Saturday mornings.
“After 11 years, we’re pulling the plug on that,” said Harmony’s coordinator Elizabeth Gindt. Gindt explained that there aren’t generally enough volunteers to cover Saturday mornings. “Life happens,” she said of the events that people get busy with on the weekends.
So, starting in September, Harmony’s open hours will be Monday and Thursday afternoons/evenings from 4:30-7 p.m. and Wednesday mornings from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday hours are only offered during the school year, from August to end of May.
Another announcement from Harmony is that Jalene Hornbuckle, who works as an associate for the Nevada Schools, will now be the volunteer coordinator for Harmony.
Hornbuckle is presently searching for groups who can help. “In a perfect world, I would have eight groups of volunteers (with six to eight people in a group), who can commit to one evening a month. And I’d give them that same night every month,” she said.
Wednesday mornings are already pretty well spoken for with some senior groups in the community, Gindt said.
“With the change of no Saturday mornings, we hope it opens the door for a few more people to volunteer,” Gindt said.
Harmony has a few regulars when it comes to volunteers, and all or a few of them will always be around when the Closet is open. They have a system of sorting and checking clothes. Volunteers are needed to help hang those clothes up on the racks, to help “check” people out (basically documenting the number of items for the records that are kept) and doing a little cleaning.
“We like the place to stay clean, very clean, because once it gets messy, things go south,” Gindt said.
One other change that Gindt mentions is in the prom dress exchange part of the Closet. “That area is in transition,” she said, noting that all kinds of vintage dresses and dresses for older women have been removed. “It will now be only for teenagers, and will only have dresses that are more modern.” She laughs that high school girls are helping her to be sure that the dresses the exchange is offering are truly things that girls today will wear.
Harmony Clothing Closet continues to see increases in its numbers, both in people coming into the store and the number of items being donated and selected by “customers.”
As always, Gindt wanted to express her gratitude to Al and Kathy Kockler, who donate the building that houses Harmony Closet. Without their generosity, she said, the service that Harmony Clothing Closet provides to this community and many surrounding areas would not be possible.