YWCA, Harding team up for clothes closet program

WARREN — The YWCA of Warren and Warren G. Harding High School have joined together for the “essentials closet” with clothing and other items available to help students have a successful high school career.

Tabitha Hackett, administrative coordinator at the YWCA, said items such as clothing and food items will be provided through the school year for students in need in grades ninth to 12th, ages 14 to 18.

Items needed are gently used or new clothing, new undergarments, gently used shoes and nonperishable food items such as cereal, peanut butter and jelly.

Basic hygiene items such as deodorant, soap, shaving cream, toiletries, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes are also needed.

“We would like to eventually send home small crockpots with pre-made meals made by one of the classes. Right now we are focusing on the non-perishables,” Hackett said.

“This is open to anyone who feels the may need it,” Hackett said.

Hackett said she saw a similar program at Austintown schools and felt the students at Harding also could benefit from such a program.

Items can be dropped off at the YWCA or the high school.

Hackett has worked with Harding Principal Dante Capers and staff members Melissa Bartholomew, the school’s Transition to Work program coordinator, and Tamara Haynes, community liaison.

Hackett said the program is in its very early stages with a goal to secure a classroom at the YWCA where people can come in like a small store and shop when they have time.

A smaller scale program was started at the high school to help students who were brought to officials’ attention.

She said families are often struggling and need assistance because of the economic conditions.

Monetary donations also will be accepted to purchase items.

For information, call 330-373-1010 or email tabithahackett@ywcaofwarren.org