Your daughter needs a dress for winter formal but you have no time to drive to Bend to buy a dress.
Your closet is full of old sport jackets, slacks and ties.
Your son needs khakis to wear during athletic trips for basketball.
The Green Room Project works to meet these needs and more by encouraging recycling of formal and business wear for middle and high school students. The project began a few years ago as the, “Exchange Day” project; a one day event to support high school students in need of formal wear during special occasions. Project founders Krisi Smalling and Toni Duff, along with the support of many volunteers, have collected, organized and distributed over 800 dresses free of charge to Redmond students.
The goal of Exchange Day was to promote recycling as well as assist any student no matter their financial situation. However, as the project evolved the group discovered there was an overwhelming demand for business wear. This is largely due to the fact that students are frequently in need of professional type of clothing for interviews, clubs, sports and events. The group also noticed the need for casual clothing among students. Therefore, along with formal wear, the “Green Room” will also distribute business wear, shoes, jewelry, handbags, coats and trendy clothing.
“Exchange Day” has evolved into more than just one day and has found a home at Redmond Proficiency Academy under the new title “The Green Room”. This easily accessible space located at the RPA Hartman campus serves students on a regular basis while continuing to promote recycling in the community. The project was fortunate to receive a large donation from a similar local program initiated by the Redmond Kiwanis Club called “What I Wore”. This program was coordinated by Michelle Duff and assisted students with formal wear, handbags, jewelry and shoes. They have generously donated their entire inventory to “The Green Room” to help support kids in Central Oregon.
How the program works: Any middle school or high school student in Redmond Oregon can support the “Green Room”. Items are also open to these students free of charge no matter their financial circumstance. There are also fun activities such as the “Go Green Drawing” throughout the year. For every item a student recycles, they will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize! There are plans in the making for a fashion show as well.
What type of clothing does The Green Room Project recycle? Formal dresses, ties, slacks, shoes, dress shirts, dress jackets, skirts, pants, jewelry, handbags, trendy clothing etc. etc. etc.
How can you help? Spread the word! Follow them on Facebook, The Green Room Project, and tell your friends, family, neighbors, church, or club about our program. You can also become a volunteer or simply donate clothing.
Drop off clothing stations are located at: Ka Nui Salon, OnPoint Credit Union Redmond Branch, Base Camp Pizza, Optimal Orthodontics or clothing can be brought directly to the Green Room during store hours.
If you need more information please feel free to contact Toni Duff 541.848.9040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.