Hangers - the EVSC Student Clothing Resource
The Hangers mission is to serve any EVSC student in need with clothing and basic hygiene products.
During the students appointment at Hangers, they each receive: shirts, jeans and shorts, a winter coat, a pair of shoes, 5 pairs of new underwear and socks, a jacket, and other items as needed. Also, a Hygiene kit (shampoo, soap, toothpaste/toothbrush, deodorant). Students from uniform dress code schools receive polo shirts and uniform pants (24 of the 40 EVSC schools wear uniforms). Hangers serves EVSC students in need or facing a crisis (poverty, neglect, foster care, natural disasters, death in family, etc.) and students of working families who do not have the resources or time to take their children shopping. Any student can receive a referral from a school nurse, principal, counselor, or social worker. We are unique to most clothing resources as it solely serves a school corporation. With educators and staff being the “eyes in the schools,” students are easily identified and served. If necessary, we will shop for the student and deliver clothes to the school.
We are always seeking additional funding to be able to serve the 3,000 students that Hangers serves annually; the EVSC has nearly 23,000 students. Specifically, we will earmark State Farm funding for coats, shoes, and uniform clothing. Each student receives $150.00 in new and gently used clothing. Since 2013, Hangers has nearly doubled its annual amount of students served—averaging an increase of 191 students per year. With the $25,000 support from State Farm, clothing for 250 students would be provided. This generous level of funding for clothes will act as a ripple effect, leaving a positive impact on student families (who often are facing hardships of their own and cannot provide resources or funding to their children), school educators, and staff. During the recent pandemic, Hangers served several new families who have not previously sought our services. A homeless boy attended Hangers, we provided clothes, toys, books in a duffle bag, when he left he said, this is all I have.
The impact of funding would be significant. Appropriate dress leads to confidence in appearance, which is crucial to the well-being of our community’s young people. This funding for new clothing will allow Hangers to help alleviate the stress, anxiety, and social stigma that so many at-need students face at school. Nice clothing lets students focus on more important things than appearance as they work towards a meaningful education. We also know from surveys to school partners (educators and staff) that those served by Hangers improve their school attendance. Additionally, Hangers gives students in our community a voice. The Hangers model provides personalized attention from trained staff to each student during the student’s customized shopping trip. Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation students hand-pick clothing themselves, which puts their creative outreach and preferences first. A trip to Hangers is about his/her specific need not just as a student, but as an individual.