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What we do

The Care Closet @ NKU offers free clothing to assist NKU students assist in finding appropriate interview wear and everyday needs. Visit our new location University Center 142. 

The space was renovated through generous donations from California Closets and supported by the Care Closet, a non-profit organization in Newport that supports students across our region in accessing clothing. 

In 2020-21, the Care Closet @ NKU offered referrals for students throughout the pandemic. Over 60 NKU students submitted requests for clothing and either picked up or had dropped off bags of free clothing. The permanent location in the University Center opened for appointments on May 24. The space was renovated through donations from California Closets and supported by the CARE Closet, a non-profit organization in Newport that supports students across our region in accessing clothing.

Come shop with us

You can visit the Care Closet by clicking the link below to schedule an appointment. Appointment slots are available on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:00am - 6:00pm in UC 142!

Meet the team

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Peyton Anderson

CARE Closet @ NKU Coordinator

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Carolyn Noe

Institute for Health Innovation Program Director
(859) 572-6332

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Matthew Waits

Care Closet NKU Assistant Coordinator

How to get involved


Donations are accepted to the care closet if they are new or gently used, free of any stains or holes, and free of any smells. We try to offer mostly career wear clothing, but casual wear is accepted occasionally, if it is in great condition. Please email to ask whether donations are currently being accepted and to coordinate a drop-off time.

Are you a faculty or staff member with career wear donations? Email to coordinate drop-off times.

Need Volunteer Hours?

The Care Closet is always happy to welcome any student or staff volunteers. We have a variety of tasks that generally involve sorting, moving, hanging, or folding clothing items. Volunteers must be available during regular hours of operation. Please contact to inquire about upcoming volunteer opportunities.


Click the button below to view open positions for CARE Closet @ NKU!

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Contact Us

Have comments or questions? Are you a graduate or law student needing an appointment? Email us at

Can’t find what you’re looking for on campus? Contact Amy Kees at the Newport CARE Closet about specialty items at

Frequently Asked Questions

How much should I take? 

Take as much as you need, seriously!  If you need a guide, we like to give people 1-2 pairs of shoes, a jacket or coat and roughly 10-20 items of clothing. Enough to fill 1-2 shopping bags. 

Can I take items for other people?  

Yes! We just ask that you let us know so we can better understand who we are helping in the community. 

How often can I shop?  

We recommend twice a year, once for warm weather and once for cold. If you need something specific in the mean time, please come by!

Do you have kids’ clothes? 

We do! We have all kinds of clothes for babies and children of all ages at our home base in Newport. Just complete our online form and we will pull a bag together and arrange to get it to you. 

Can I donate clothing I no longer need?  

Usually- please ask us before bringing items to the Closet. If we are accepting donations, clothes must be clean, free of holes and stains, and appropriate for our needs - career wear and casual, relatively in style. Thank you!


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