Thank you to all volunteers at our recent sorting event!
MGC holds two main events per year for deserving teens in San Diego County:
Spring and Fall Shopping Distribution Events
New MGC Board is selected and begins planningMay/June
Board members actively perform their assigned roles and duties.June-August
Board meeting required for all members and sorting eventSeptember
Fall distribution shopping event followed by breakdownOctober
Planning begins again for the next eventNov-Jan
Board members fulfill their duties and finalize event detailsFeb-April
Spring sorting and distribution shopping events occurApril/May
Our Planning Cycle at a Glance
Before a shopping/distribution event, we hold half-day sorting event to inspect and sort collected clothing and other items to ensure that each meets the standards set by the organization for condition and quality. Clothing is sorted by size and category, packed into bins and stored at a rented facility until the distribution event.
Each shopping/distribution event is set up to resemble a high-end clothing boutique. Items are carefully hung and displayed by size and category on rounders and racks, or neatly folded and displayed on tables.
Our goal is to create an inviting setting where pre-qualified young women can shop with pride. When the event opens, the “shoppers” sign in and receive two large handle bags that they can fill to the brim with items of their choosing.
Here’s How MGC Events Work In Detail
Throughout the year the MGC Board plans and executes all details to support our mission. The board is structured so that each mother-daughter team is responsible for a particular area and these teams fulfill the duties needed to help approximately 800 young women each year.
The board is responsible for:
- preparing a budget,
- holding required meetings,
- conducting parliamentary procedures to fulfill 501c3 requirements
- collecting all of the clothing
- coordinating outreach to all agencies who invite teen shoppers
- all logistics and operations for the two shopping events
- requesting in-kind donations
- writing grants, asking for sponsorships and monetary donations where applicable
- recruiting new board members and volunteers
MCG is always welcoming new board members so if you are interested, please click here and fill out the board member form
Throughout the year, we organize collections of gently-worn and new clothing, shoes and accessories at local schools, sororities, community organizations, corporations and retail stores. We collect shirts, pants, jeans, shorts, dresses, skirts, sweaters, pajamas, coats, shoes, jewelry, belts, hats, scarves, handbags, stuffed animals, and unopened cosmetics and toiletries.
We also have multiple drop-off locations for anyone who wishes to donate to MGC. Can’t get to a drop-off location? No problem – we will come pick up for you!
The Board Liaisons for collections work with local community groups to assist us with collections including NCL, Girl Scouts, USD, UCSD, Leadership/Student bodies at many high schools, and corporations such as Target – and many more. Additionally, the collections team will bring all donations to storage t
Before a distribution event, we hold a half-day event to inspect and sort collected clothing and other items to ensure that each meets the standards set by the organization for condition and quality. Clothing is sorted by size and category, packed into bins and stored at a rented facility until the distribution event.
We rely on lots of volunteers to help us out. We load all of the donations from storage and bring them to a sorting location, usually Church of the Nazarene in Point Loma. We spread out all of the clothes and sort everything. Pizza, drinks, music and fun are always included in this day! Sign up here if you would like to help!
We set up the clothing giveaway venue to resemble a high-end clothing boutique. Items are carefully hung and displayed by size and category on rounders and racks, or neatly folded and displayed on tables. Our goal is to create an inviting setting where pre-qualified/invited young women can shop with pride. When the event opens, the “shoppers” sign in and receive two large handle bags that they can fill to the brim with items of their choosing. All items are free.
We need lots of volunteers to help us at the event. From loading up trucks, setting up the store with clothing racks and clothes, and assisting shoppers when needed. We then break down the event within 30 minutes after the shopping time is over. Typically guests shop from 11am-1pm. Set-up starts early at 7am and we conclude around 3 pm after the trucks have been unloaded at storage and returned to the truck rental. Again, this is an amazing day filled with fun, camaraderie and support of those in need. Please go to our volunteer page if you would like to sign up to help