Here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, we are always thrilled and grateful to see individuals and groups coming together to support our mission of making a difference in the lives of youth through one-to-one mentoring. Through the many volunteer opportunities in Utah BBBSU offers, you can be apart of our efforts. One powerful way you can support our mission is by hosting a clothing drive. Whether you’re part of a youth-serving organization, a school group, or a corporate team, organizing a clothing drive is a great way to make an impact. 

Why Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah

Before we dive into the details of hosting a clothing drive, we want to share the “why” behind your efforts. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah plays a pivotal role in shaping the lives of young people by providing them with caring and supportive mentors. Through these one-to-one relationships, we help children build self-confidence, achieve academic success, and realize their full potential. By hosting a clothing drive, you can directly contribute to our mission and positively impact the lives of local children. 

How It Works

The process of hosting a clothing drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah is straightforward and can be adapted to suit the needs and goals of your group, whether you’re a youth-serving organization, a school group, or a corporate team. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how we make it work:

  1. Collect Clothing Donations: Encourage your group members or employees to solicit bags of gently-used clothing and small household items for donation. Participants can contribute clothes they no longer need, helping declutter their homes while supporting a great cause.

  1. Schedule a Pickup: Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah to schedule a convenient day or week for the pickup of the donated goods. If you’re hosting a multi-day drive, we can provide barrels for the collection of clothing.

  1. Supporting Youth-Serving Organizations and School Groups: For youth-serving organizations and school groups, the clothing drive can be more than just an act of charity. We will send you a check based on the weight of the clothing collected, which can be turned into a fundraiser for your group, providing financial support for your activities. Organizations that we partner with include (but are not limited to), Group Service Projects, Eagle Scout (Boy Scout) or Silver Award (Girl Scout) Projects, Corporate Community Projects, youth sports teams, and School PTA. 

  1. Corporate Clothing Drives: Corporate groups can participate by collecting clothes that will be donated directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah. Your organization’s involvement will support our efforts to mentor and positively impact the lives of young people in the community.

Setting Up Your Clothing Drive

To get started with your clothing drive to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, please reach out to Joe Fangalua. Joe can provide guidance and assistance throughout the process and answer any questions you may have. You can contact Joe at 801-743-1666 or via email at [email protected]. Joe will be a valuable resource for coordinating the logistics of your clothing drive and ensuring its success.

The impact of your clothing drive goes far beyond the collection of clothes. It directly contributes to the mentoring programs we provide. By organizing and participating in a clothing drive, you are helping to empower youth in Utah to achieve their potential and create a brighter future for themselves.

Success Stories 

Last month, West Jordan High School’s Drill Team hosted a clothing drive fundraiser with BBBSU’s donation center. In total, they raised approximately $1,600! The team gathered and loaded enough bags of clothing to load two BBBSU donation trucks! You too, can fundraise for your organization while partnering with BBBSU to support one-to-one mentoring in Utah

Volunteer Opportunities in Utah with BBBSU

If you are looking for more ways to engage in BBBSU’s mission, we encourage you to learn more about becoming a Big. All year round, we are looking for caring adult volunteers (Age 18+) willing to mentor a child or teenager. Visit for more information on becoming a Big. 

Your efforts and contributions help kids get more out of their education, avoid risky behavior, aspire to be more, and gain confidence. Whether it be hosting a clothing drive to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah or applying to be a Big, you can take part in simple and effective ways to make a difference.