Clothing Closet and Clothing Drive
What items can be donated?
- Gender-neutral clothing, such as t-shirts, jeans, hoodies, and sweaters, any size
- Clothes in a variety of sizes and styles, including plus sizes and gender-specific clothing
- New or gently used clothes in good condition
- New undergarments, such as bras, boxers, and briefs
- Shoes and boots in a variety of sizes and styles
- Hats, scarves, and gloves
- Jewelry and other accessories
- Purses, handbags, and fashion backpacks
- Other items:
- Makeup and hair products
- Binders and other chest-binding items
- Packers and other prosthetic devices
- Luggage or bags to carry clothes and belongings
What are the most needed items for this Clothing Closet
- Chest Binders – Of all sizes and styles
- Trans Tape
- New undergarments, such as bras, boxers, and briefs
- Money – Everything for this drive and clothing closet is out of pocket from our owner. This helps them buy the necessary supplies to keep these community events going.
Why a clothing closet for the transgender community?
One of the best and easiest ways a person transitioning can help their mental health is to dress in a way that expresses their gender identity. Unfortunately, this can be one of the hardest things to do because of
- Financial reasons. Many transgender people face financial hardship due to housing, employment, and healthcare discrimination. A free clothing closet can help to reduce some of the financial burden of transitioning by providing transgender people with access to clothes that they need and want.
- Safety reasons. Transgender people are often at risk of violence and harassment. A free clothing closet can help to reduce the risk of violence by providing transgender people with clothes that allow them to blend in with their surroundings and avoid unwanted attention.
- Self-expression reasons. A free clothing closet can help transgender people express themselves authentically by providing access to clothes that reflect their gender identity. This can be especially important for transgender youth, who are still developing their sense of self.
Do you plan on doing more community outreach in the future?
Yes, there are many things I want to do for both the LGBTIQ+ community and the disabled community. Unfortunately, I am limited in many ways on this journey. Here are some reasons why.
- Partnering with other organizations. Many other organizations are working to support the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. Being able to partner with them to reach a broader audience and bring new ideas are my goals for The Alphabet Project. If you run an organization that fits this, please get in touch with me!
- The need for volunteers and help I am a one-person show, so if anyone wants to volunteer to help with things like editing, coordinating resources, or helping with an event, that would be amazing.
- Finances. I am working on making this an official business, but that takes time. And it isn’t in my DNA to sit back and not try to help. But, since I am not fully offering my services yet for pay, all of this comes from my heart and my pocket.
- I need my own space. Having a place I could work out of and hold events would be extremely useful—this ties back to finances and partnerships. If I had a dedicated space to hold events and classes and be able to work away from home, I could accomplish and plan so much more.
Midwest Nerd Chick and The Alphabet Project
What is the relationship between Midwest Nerd Chick and The Alphabet Project?
Midwest Nerd Chick is the LLC that I use to run my business. However, I post and promote myself as The Alphabet Project because that is the name of my primary focus now: providing resources and support to the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. I am taking classes to turn The Alphabet Project into a real organization and business.
Why is there a different name for the LLC and the project you promote?
When I had the idea for The Alphabet Project, I saw it more aimed at businesses, and I would be using my tech background to create programs and software to help marginalized groups. It has only been the last few months I have come to see that my true calling and passion is to help other parents and caregivers like me and advocate for the youth in these communities.
What is the purpose of Midwest Nerd Chick?
The purpose of Midwest Nerd Chick is to help promote the following:
- Early Childhood Introduction to STEM
- Educating non-tech people about tech
- Teaching AGILE to companies
- To help improve the Tech eco-system here in Wichita
- Help small businesses and non-profits with website work.
What is the purpose of The Alphabet Project?
- To provide a one-stop shop for adults in the lives of LGBTQIA+ and disabled youth to find the resources, connections, and education they need to thrive
- To help bridge community resources to the communities that need them
- To provide a safe, uplifting place for disabled and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Why are you changing the name of The Alphabet Project?
I never thought The Alphabet Project would evolve into something that would be its own thing, needing its resources, space, and branding. Knowing what direction I am heading in, I want a name and brand that expresses my goals and vision for the future of this organization.
Which entity is responsible for the services you offer?
Though I post everything under The Alphabet Project, Midwest Nerd Chick is the official LLC I work under. Until I know what and how The Alphabet Project’s name will be, everything legal and financial is under Midwest Nerd Chick.